June 30, 2015
by Canadian Architect
The Nova Scotia Association of Architects (NSAA) recently announced the 2014 recipients of the Lieutenant Governor’s Design Awards in Architecture. In its official comments and report, the awards jury cited that “transformation” was the theme which pervaded this year’s awarded projects. “Transformation applied variously to an historic building, an existing house, a new house, a neighbourhood, and even to the public discourse related to architecture and urban design.”
Of the 13 projects entered for consideration, five projects received award recognition this year:
Award of Merit
Halifax Central Library by Fowler Bauld & Mitchell Ltd. (Halifax) in collaboration with Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects (Denmark). The awards jury said, “Without doubt, the new Halifax Central Library has done more to transform the discussion of contemporary architecture in Halifax than any building in the past 40 years. The Halifax Central Library was a real catalyst of local, public and architectural conversation in Halifax; its program and location has reconstructed the way locals and visitors interact with a building filled with knowledge.”
Citation in Architectural Design
King Street Live/Work/Grow by Susan Fitzgerald Architect (Halifax)
Keith Hall by GF Duffus and Company Limited (Halifax)
Bump House #1 by Abbott Brown Architects Incorporated (Halifax)
Hawthorne Renovation by Rayleen Hill Architecture + Design Inc. (Dartmouth)
Awards will be presented later in the year by His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’d), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia at a special ceremony at Government House in Halifax.
Implemented in 1986, the Lieutenant Governor’s Design Awards in Architecture annually recognize outstanding architectural projects completed in Nova Scotia by members of the Nova Scotia Association of Architects. The jury, comprised of industry professionals and a student from the Dalhousie School of Architecture, reviews all submissions and determines awards based on their own merit. Categories include Honourable Mention, Citation, Award of Merit, and Medal of Excellence.
More information and a list of past recipients can be found at www.nsaa.ns.ca/awards/
The Halifax Central Library, Winner of a 2016 Governor General's Medal in Architecture. The library is composed of stacked boxes that recall a pile of books.