March 23, 2007
by Canadian Architect
Vancouvers Acton Ostry Architects have won two BC WoodWorks Awards, acknowledging the contribution of the firm in helping to build a wood culture in British Columbia. There were 65nominations for 12 possible awards, and Acton Ostry Architects won two of them: theInstitutional Wood Design Award and the Architect Award.
The partners of the firm, Russell Acton and Mark Ostry describe the significance of building withwood: Building involves responsibility to the future the use of wood is ideally suited to themaking of humane, ecologically oriented and economically based environments.
The Institutional Wood Design Award was received for the King David High School project inVancouver. BC WoodWorks comments: The healing and learning properties of a woodenvironment have been well documented. This award recognizes the benefits of wood ininstitutional building projects that demonstrate the special qualities of wood such as strength,beauty, versatility, and cost-effectiveness.
The Architect Award was received for a series of projects that demonstrate excellence in the use of wood, including: Old Massett Primary School and Skidegate Elementary School, both in HaidaGwaii; Har-El Synagogue in West Vancouver; Mount Currie Day Care and Health Centre, and aprivate residence in North Vancouver. BC WoodWorks presents this award to an architectural firm who contributes to the selection of wood in a project, overcomes the perceived limitations to the use of wood in a project, leading the way for future projects in wood.
BC WoodWorks is an initiative of the Canadian Wood Council, self-described as a groupestablished to promote the use of wood and wood products in construction products, and toacknowledge the contribution of wood-use advocates and industry leaders.
The Canadian Wood Council supports the BC WoodWorks annual awards program tohonour excellence in wood-based projects, and to recognize the people and organizations that arepioneering and presenting the use of wood in British Columbia. The awards encourage continuedexcellence in the building and design community, and in the forestry industry.
Acton Ostry Architects is a Vancouver-based firm of 27 people. Since its inception in 1993, the firm has received 27 provincial, national and international awards. The work of the firm demonstrates a continuing commitment to architecture that responds thoughtfully to local topography, climate, ecology, culture and history.