May 8, 2007
by Canadian Architect
The 2007 winners of the Architectural Institute of BCs (AIBC) Awards were announced at the professional associations annual Presidents Dinner and Architectural Awards Gala on Saturday, April 28 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver.
An annual event, the AIBC Architectural Awards honour architectural achievement in projects designed and completed by AIBC members. They also recognize the role of AIBC members, associates, and clients in creating excellence in the built environment. Furthermore, they encourage public interest in BC architects and architecture. This years awards were presented by newly elected AIBC President David Wilkinson and the Honourable Colin Hansen, Minister of Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Asia-Pacific Initiative and the Olympics.
Two award categories receive submissions annually: the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Awards, which is a juried award to recognize excellence in recent completed projects by AIBC members; and the AIBC Innovation Award, which recognizes achievements that are not strictly architectural but have a direct bearing on the future of architecture. No Innovation Awards were given this year. However, two Special Jury Awards were given to projects that didnt meet the traditional awards criteria but demonstrated excellence in the areas of sustainability and heritage restoration.
This year, two 2007 Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Medals of Excellence in Architecture were given to Patkau Architects of Vancouver for the Winnipeg Library Addition, and to Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden of Vancouver for the NkMip Desert Cultural Centre.
A pair of 2007 Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Certificates of Merit for Excellence in Architecture were given to Bing Thom Architects of Vancouver for Aberdeen Centre, and to Hughes Condon Marler Architects of Vancouver for the Killarney Community Pool.
Two 2007 Special Jury Awards were given to Peter Cardew Architects of Vancouver for the LeBlanc House, and to Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden of Vancouver for the Mole Hill Housing Project.