2012 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence deadline just two days away!

The 2012 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence is an annual awards program open to all architects registered in Canada and to Canadian architectural graduates for buildings designed in Canada and abroad. Foreign architects are permitted to submit, provided they have partnered with a Canadian-registered architect.

Project submissions must be received by 5:00pm EST on Thursday, September 13, 2012.  

Projects must be in the design stage, scheduled for construction or under construction but not substantially complete by September 13, 2012. All projects must be commissioned by a client with the intention to build the submitted proposal. All building types and concisely presented urban design schemes are eligible. Awards are given for architectural design excellence. Jurors will consider the scheme’s response to the client’s program, site, and geographic and social context. They will evaluate its physical organization, form, structure, materials and environmental features.

The jury has been confirmed, and is comprised of Donald Chong, Marie-Chantal Croft and Bruce Haden. Donald Chong is a partner in Toronto-based Williamson Chong Architects, the winner of the prestigious 2012 Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture. Chong has been distinguished with many awards throughout his career, which includes teaching stints at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. Marie-Chantal Croft of Quebec City firm Coarchitecture was a cofounder Croft Pelletier Architectes,  the recipient of many awards for a number of institutional and cultural projects; she also teaches at Laval University in Quebec. Vancouver-based Bruce Haden is a principal of DIALOG, and was formerly a partner of Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects, where he was recognized with the Governor General’s Award for the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos, BC. More biographical details of the jury are available below.

For more information and to download the entry form, please visit www.canadianarchitect.com/awards/2012-entry-form/.

The entry form is also available in the August 2012 print edition of Canadian Architect.

To view the winners of the 2011 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence, please visit www.canadianarchitect.com/awards/2011/Winners.aspx.

Donald Chong, principal along with Betsy and Shane Williamson at Toronto-based Williamson Chong Architects, is a registered architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Chong has firmly established himself in Toronto’s architectural culture through his inventiveness and investment in place-making. His project skills volley between the strategic planning of large-scale institutional work through to the detailing of finely crafted furniture. Within this range of expertise, he brings open and engaging leadership to both clients and collaborators. Chong has taught at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design at the University of Toronto and in Switzerland at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). In 2004, he co-edited the award-winning book entitled Site Unseen: Laneway Architecture and Urbanism in Toronto. He collaborated with Nigel Smith and Rem Koolhaas on the design for the reissue of Delirious New York and was a member for the development team for Maya at Alias/wavefront. In 2007, he was selected as one of four Canadian designers showcased at the Offspring space at the Interior Design Show and was selected to participate in The Globe and Mail’s Fixing Toronto design series for a new urban space entitled Edgespace. Recent distinctions include: inclusion in The Architectural Review’s Emerging Architects 2008, the Canadian Who’s Who publication, and Dwell Magazine’s The Future Issue and Top 100 Houses of the Decade. Additionally, Chong was a nominee for the 2009 Marcus Foundation Architectural Prize. Williamson Chong Architects received a 2011 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence for Abbey Gardens, a master-plan strategy for a food community in Haliburton, Ontario. Williamson Chong was also awarded the 2012 Canada Council Professional Prix de Rome for a research itinerary entitled Living Wood in which the principals intend to exchange ideas with key international figures/organizations over a two-year period with destinations that include Austria, Japan, Finland and Denmark.

Marie-Chantal Croft has been practicing as a design architect since 1992. Co-founder of the firm Croft Pelletier, she is now a partner at Coarchitecture, an architectural firm based in Quebec City.  She also teaches architectural design at the Laval University School of Architecture and has served on the Urban Planning Commission for Quebec City. Croft works actively to meet the challenge of balancing sustainable development with meaningful, experiential architecture. Although materiality and scale may vary from one project to another, they each bear the distinctive mark of her artistic approach and her ability to harmoniously anchor them in relation to their environment. Her work is known for its close relationship to context and landscape, warm and luminous public spaces, inspiring “architectural promenades,” and for generating a richly complex variety of moods and emotions. In addition to being involved in the designing of numerous cultural and public projects, Croft actively participates in major competitions which she frequently wins, such as the Bibliothèque Nationale du Québec, the Bibliothèque de Charlesbourg, and the Musée de la Gaspésie. Her team was selected as one of the 15 finalists in the competition for the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec. Her projects have been widely published in Canada and abroad, and have also received prestigious awards such as the 1999 Ronald J. Thom Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts, along with the 2010 Governor General of Canada Medal, the highest distinction in the country.

Bruce Haden is a principal at DIALOG, and works out of the firm’s Vancouver office. His design work has been recognized globally, particularly for the Governor General’s and World Architecture Festival winning design for the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos, BC. Haden’s work ranges from urban design and architecture, and includes pump stations, cafés, along with large-scale civic facilities and the competition-winning design of the Canadian Navy Monument in Ottawa. Currently, he is working on the new UBC Student Union Building, and is the principal in charge for DIALOG for Westbank Developments’ Beach and Howe project in collaboration with the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Haden has twice chaired the Vancouver Urban Design Panel and has taught at the UBC School of Architecture. He has done freelance work for CBC Radio with respect to design and social issues, and was the Vancouver correspondent for Canadian Architect magazine for 10 years. He is also the recent Past President of the Board of Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery.