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2015 British Columbia Architectural Award winners announced


November 2, 2015
by Canadian Architect

Office of mcfarlane biggar architects + designers (omb) received a Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture for their expansion and renovation of the University of British Columbia Bookstore. Photo by Ema Peter

Office of mcfarlane biggar architects + designers (omb) received a Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture for their expansion and renovation of the University of British Columbia Bookstore. Photo by Ema Peter

The Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) is pleased to announce that 12 exceptional recipients were named winners of the 2015 AIBC Architectural Awards this evening. The awards were presented in four categories representing the best in architecture from the AIBC community.

 The Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Awards in Architecture were established to recognize excellence in completed architectural projects led or designed by AIBC members. This year, seven projects were the recipients of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture – Merit Level:

 ·         Vomo Spa, Vomo Island Resort by ABC Architecture Building Culture Inc.

·         Steveston Fire Hall by HCMA Architecture + Design

·         Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon by MGA | Michael Green Architecture (project started at mcfarlane | green | biggar architecture + design)

·         Wood Innovation and Design Centre by MGA | Michael Green Architecture

·         UBC Bookstore Expansion + Renovation by office of mcfarlane biggar architects + designers inc. (omb)

·         Pitt River Middle School by Perkins+Will Canada Architects Co.

·         Newton Field House by Public Architecture + Communication Inc.

 Recognizing achievements that are not strictly ‘architectural’, but that have a direct bearing on the future of architecture, two projects received the AIBC Innovation Award in 2015:

 ·         BC Passive House Factory by Hemsworth Architecture

·         Wood Innovation and Design Centre by MGA | Michael Green Architecture

 The AIBC Emerging Firm Award recognizes the development, success and contributions of emerging architectural firms and is given to those who have shown exemplary promise, clear vision and defined goals in the practise of architecture. In 2015, the award goes to:

 ·         Measured Architecture Inc.

 The AIBC Special Jury Award is given for exceptional achievement, selected from all awards submissions and determined by the jury.

 ·         Special Jury Award for Adaptively Increasing Urban Density: 564 Beatty Street by Bruce Carscadden Architect Inc. & IBI Group Inc.

 ·         Special Jury Award for Inverting Assumptions About Landscape: Vermilion Sands by Matthew Soules Architecture Inc.

 This year’s winners were announced on the evening of the first day of the AIBC Annual Conference. The conference this year explores the theme What’s Now – Insights and Directions, which focuses on cutting edge trends and issues in the practice of architecture, including future design directions, innovative technologies, community needs and business practices.



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