2014 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence deadline on Thursday!

The 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 18, 2014.

Projects must be in the design stage, scheduled for construction or under construction but not substantially complete by September 18, 2014. 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.

For more information and to download the entry form, please visit www.canadianarchitect.com/awards/2014entryform.pdf

The entry form is also available in the July 2014 and August 2014 print editions of Canadian Architect.

To view the winners of the 2013 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence, please visit http://awards.canadianarchitect.com/

The jury for this year’s awards has been finalized, and is comprised of: Michael Green, founder and principal of MGA | Michael Green Architecture in Vancouver; Tyler Sharp, principal of RDH Architects in Toronto; and Éric Gauthier, principal of Les Architectes FABG in Montreal.

Michael Green founded Michael Green Architecture Inc. (MGA) in 2012 to focus on progressive architecture, research, education and innovation. The award-winning firm’s work is diverse in scale, building type and locations. With projects around the world and a team of 24 designers and architects, they are vested in helping build healthier communities through architecture, interiors, landscape and urban design. MGA is involved in a wide range of building sectors, including private residences, retail and restaurants, academic, cultural, commercial and institutional buildings. A hands-on approach has resulted in several public art installations and, at times, the direct construction of components within their projects. MGA’s diverse portfolio finds common ground in a focus on new methods of building with advanced wood products. Their Wood Innovation and Design Centre is nearing completion as North America¹s tallest wood building, and they are beginning several similar projects in the US. Their recent work with Oregon State University and the University of Oregon brings many Canadian-led design initiatives into the US wood market with a large new forestry school. Projects like Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver, an Inuit Cultural Centre, the Vancouver Food Bank, North Vancouver City Hall, Rocky Mountain Soap Company headquarters, and several restaurant projects high on Whistler mountain highlight the range of their interests and commitment to community projects. Significantly, the firm’s work focuses on meaningful and sustainable change in building through innovation in building sciences and design. A Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Michael teaches at various universities, lectures extensively and recently opened a not-for-profit school – the Design Build Research Institute (DBR) – and his students built the “All Star” stage for the TED2014 conference in Vancouver this past spring.

Tyler Sharp graduated from the Dalhousie University School of Architecture in 2002. While a student, Tyler received the Medjuck Design Scholarship for undergraduate work, a Faculty of Graduate Studies Full Scholarship, and a place of the Dean’s List for Outstanding Academic Achievement. Tyler’s thesis work at Dalhousie won the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Thesis Award and placed him on the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (R.A.I.C.) National Honour Roll.Tyler’s professional work experience began at Dalhousie, working with recognized Vancouver-based BattersbyHowat, where he was involved in a series of custom residential projects, including the design of the award-winning Staehling Residence in British Columbia. After graduation, Tyler joined the Toronto firm of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, where he worked on the multi-award-winning Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts, as well as playing key roles in the design of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Headquarters Building in Toronto, the National Museum of Nature in Ottawa, and the Governor General’s Award-winning Vaughan Civic Centre. Joining RDHA in 2005, Tyler began the transformative process that was to follow over the next eight years. His first project with the firm was the Bloor Gladstone Library in downtown Toronto, which has received seven major design awards, including an OAA Design Excellence Award, a Design Exchange National Gold Medal, and a Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award. Following this, Tyler led the designs for the Hamilton Central library and Farmers’ Market (which was recently awarded an OAA Design Excellence Award), the Waterdown Library and Civic Centre, the First Leaside Financial Headquarters, the Guelph Civic Centre Skating Pavilion, and most recently, the critically acclaimed transformations of the Lakeview, Port Credit and Lorne Park Branch Libraries for the Mississauga Library System which received a 2012 Governor General’s Medal for Architecture. In parallel with this architectural design work, Tyler has been instrumental in changing the culture of the RDHA office. During his first two years, Tyler led the redesign of the RDHA website, the office letterhead and business cards, major renovations to the physical space of the office, and helped to bring a new generation of young designers to the firm.

A graduate of Laval University in Quebec City, Éric Gauthier joined Les Architectes FABG in Montreal in 1986 and became a principal in 1992. Under his guidance, the firm has been recognized by numerous awards including two Governor General’s Medals, 15 Prix d’Excellence from the OAQ, the Innovation in Architecture Prize from the RAIC, and the Architecture Merit Award from the United States Institute of Theatre Technology. As lead designer, he has collaborated with multidisciplinary teams in the development of several major  institutional and cultural projects. These include the Caisse de Dépôt et de Placement du Québec headquarters, the Cirque du Soleil headquarters, Théatre Quat’sous, Théatre Espace Go and the Montreal Science Centre, among others. He has also been involved in many successful rehabilitation projects such as the Monument National in Montreal, Buckminster Fuller’s Biosphere, and Mies Van Der Rohe’s gas station. His work was recently featured in a retrospective exhibition at the Maison de l’Architecture du Québec as well as at the Centre d’exposition de l’Université de Montréal – and the current Architecture Biennale in Venice. Éric was the Sheff Visiting Professor at McGill University, and has led several design studios at the Université de Montréal.