December 2, 2015
by Elsa Lam
At an awards ceremony held at IIDEX today, Canadian Architect announced the winners of the 2015 Awards of Excellence, given each year to architects and architectural graduates for buildings in the design stage. One of only two national award programs devoted exclusively to architecture, the Awards of Excellence have recognized significant building projects in Canada on an annual basis since 1968.
This year’s winners have been selected by a jury consisting of Maxime-Alexis Frappier, principal and lead designer at ACDF Architecture in Montreal; Pat Hanson, founding partner of gh3 in Toronto; and Johanna Hurme, cofounder of 5468796 Architecture in Winnipeg.
Awards are given for architectural design excellence. Jurors considered response to the program, site, geographical and social context, and evaluated physical organization, structure, materials and environmental features.
Five Awards of Excellence were given to the following firms:
* Bjarke Ingels Group (Design Architect), DIALOG (Architect of Record) and James KM Cheng Architects (Advising Architect) for Vancouver House in Vancouver, British Columbia
* RDH Architects for Springdale Library and Neighbourhood Park in Brampton, Ontario
* RDH Architects for Eglinton GO Station in Toronto, Ontario
* KANVA (concept architect and architect of record) and NEUF architect(e)s (collaborating architect) for Biodome Museum Renewal Project in Montreal, Quebec
*MASS Design Group for Munini District Hospital in Nyaruguru District, Rwanda
Six Awards of Merit recognized the following teams:
* D’Arcy Jones Architecture for Ha-Ha House in Agassiz, British Columbia
* DIALOG (architect of record/prime consultant) with Snøhetta (design architect) for the New Central Library in Calgary, Alberta
* Perkins+Will Canada Inc. for Albion District Library in Toronto, Ontario
* Batay-Csorba Architects for Double Duplex in Toronto, Ontario
* Ja Architecture Studio for 111 in Toronto, Ontario
* OMA (design architect) with Provencher_Roy (associate architect) for The Pierre Lassonde Pavilion – Musée National des Beaux-Arts in Quebec City, Quebec
This year, one student was selected as an award winner for her graduating thesis project:
* Clothilde Caillé-Lévesque of McGill University received an Award of Excellence for Close Encounters: A New Post-Industrial Landscape
Exclusive coverage will be granted to award winners in the December 2015 issue of Canadian Architect, and each winning architect and respective client will receive a framed certificate. Student winners will receive a framed certificate in addition to a cash award of $500.
Canadian Architect wishes to thank all firms and students who participated in this year’s awards. It is the enthusiastic involvement of everyone that makes each year a great success.
Click here for more information about the Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence winners from past years, and keep an eye out for in-depth coverage of this year’s winners in our December 2015 issue and on our website.