September 21, 2007
by Canadian Architect
On September 17, the winners of the 2007 City of Toronto Urban Design Awards were announced at the Palais Royale.
In the Elements category, Awards of Excellence were given to: Ted Watson for the Hunter Residence, and to Giannone Associates Architects for Il Fornello. An Honourable Mention was given to the landscape project Quay to the City on Queens Quay Boulevard by West 8 and du Toit Allsopp Hillier in joint venture.
In the Building in Context Private | Low-scale Building category, Awards of Excellence were given to Levitt Goodman Architects Limited for 328 Euclid Avenue, to Drew Mandel Design for 99 Scollard Street Office Building, and to Donald Chong Studio for Galley House. An Honourable Mention was given to Kohn Shnier Architects for their Laneway House.
In the Building in Context Private | Mid-rise Building category, Awards of Excellence were given to architectsAlliance for 18 Yorkville and the Villas at Yorkville, and to Levitt Goodman Architects Limited for the Leonard Avenue Pre-fab Rooftop Apartments.
In the Building in Context Private | Tall Building category, an Award of Excellence was again given to architectsAlliance for 18 Yorkville and the Villas at Yorkville.
In the Building in Context Public category, Awards of Excellence were given to Kohn Shnier Architects for the Claude Watson School for the Arts, to Diamond + Schmitt Architects Incorporated for the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, to Baird Sampson Neuert Architects for the Thomas L. Wells Public School, and to Stantec Architecture/E.R.A. Architects for 51 Division.
In the Large Places or Neighbourhood Designs category, Awards of Excellence were given to Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects/Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd./architectsAlliance for Canadas Ballet School and Radio City, and to architectsAlliance for Harbourfront Waters Edge Revitalization.
In the Visions and Master Plans category, Awards of Excellence were given to PLANT Architect Inc., Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners Architects/Peter Lindsay Schaudt Landscape Architecture Inc./Adrian Blackwell for the Agora Theatre: Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization, to the Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates team for the Port Lands Estuary, and to the West 8, du Toit Allsopp Hillier team for the Toronto Central Waterfront. Honourable Mentions were given to gh3 for 550 Wellington Street Condominium Plaza Pavillion, to Levitt Goodman Architects Limited for Active 18 Queen Street West, and to Sweeny Sterling Finlayson & Co Architects/The Planning Partnership/Blackwell Bowick Partnership Limited for Gathering: A Landmark for Toronto.
In the Student Project category, Awards of Excellence were given to Son Van Huynh, University of Toronto for Cities and the Dead 6: Ghost Orchards (Rosedale Valley), and to Shan Li, University of Toronto for Micro-Urbanism: Intervention of Urban Void Area (Roncesvalles Neighbourhood).
The jury was comprised of John Barber, Urban Affairs columnist, The Globe and Mail, Toronto; Calvin Brook, Principal, McIlroy/Pace Architects, Toronto; Rene Daoust, Principal, Daoust Lestage inc., Montreal; Eric Haldenby, Director, University of Waterloo School of Architecture; and David Leinster, Partner, The Planning Partnership, Toronto. The full jury report can be downloaded from the Citys website at: www.toronto.ca/tuda/pdf/tuda_juryreport_2007_sm.pdf.