May 15, 2012
by Canadian Architect
An elite group of four emerged as winners in the 2012 AIBC Architectural Awards, recently announced by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia. A modest total of seven projects by British Columbia architects were selected from 58 award nominations across four award categories. Three of the awards went to projects by Busby Perkins+Will Architects (now Perkins+Will Canada Architects Co.) while Vancouver-based Patkau Architects Inc. collected honours in two categories.
While there were no recipients this year for the prestigious Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture – Medal, there were four Merit selections: Linear House by Patkau Architects Inc.; Oppenheimer Park Activity Centre by mcfarlane green biggar architecture + design; Samuel Brighouse Elementary School by Busby Perkins+Will Architects; and the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre by Busby Perkins+Will Architects.
Additional honours included the AIBC Special Jury Award which was given to the Winnipeg Skating Shelters by Patkau Architects Inc.; the AIBC Innovation Award which recognized the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) by Busby Perkins+Will Architects; and the AIBC Emerging Firm Award which was claimed by WMW Public Architecture + Communication Inc.
“This year’s selections would seem to confirm that the bar for architectural excellence in this province has been raised,” offers AIBC President Gordon Richards MAIBC FRAIC CP. “BC architects continue to be world leaders in sustainability, restoration, innovation and design. The quality of the work being done across the board is truly impressive, but these seven projects were seen to stand out from the rest.”
These chosen projects also reflect architectural excellence across the design spectrum, ranging from modest, temporary structures and stunning single-family residential projects to complex educational facilities and public spaces.
This year’s winners were revealed at the AIBC’s annual President’s Dinner & Awards Gala. His Honour, the Honourable Steven L. Point Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia was in attendance to take part in the ceremonies. “These awards are a strong acknowledgement of the exceptional architecture being created here in BC,” says AIBC Executive Director Michael A. Ernest MAIBC. “To have His Honour on hand to bestow the awards that bear his title added to the specialness of the occasion.”
The awards celebration marked the culmination of the 2012 AIBC Annual Conference, which explored the theme of Elevation: Reaching Higher Ground. Adds Richards: “While great architecture respects and builds upon what has come before, it also entails pushing the envelope. Building on this conference, I hope to see not only a fresh appreciation to how architects shape our communities, but also an elevated level of awareness and appreciation from the public for the importance of architecture in our daily lives.”
For more information, please visit www.aibc.ca.