May 4, 2018
by Canadian Architect
Carleton University and Historic Ottawa Development Inc. (HODI) have announced the winners of the 2018 HODI Award in Built Heritage Conservation.
Established in 2015, the HODI Award for Built Heritage Conservation is awarded annually to outstanding students in Carleton’s Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering or the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. Recipients are involved in projects aimed at safeguarding and rehabilitating historic buildings in Ottawa.
The award provides the opportunity for HODI to support the emerging generation of conservation professionals in researching, learning and practicing in Ottawa. It helps build the capacity needed to deliver conservation best practices for Ottawa’s built heritage, now and into the future.
This year there were four winning entries. Two teams from the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism’s undergraduate program in Conservation and Sustainability shared the first-place award: Danielle Simpson and Natasha Lemire-Waite for their project Changing the Perspective, and Robin Hoytema for her project Earth and Heaven. Each team will receive $2,000.
Two teams were awarded second place: Katie Wilson and Melissa Brady, also from the undergraduate program in Conservation and Sustainability, for their project Roots, and engineering students Jamie Marrs and Erin Hemm from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s undergraduate program in Architectural Conservation and Sustainability for their project Phase 2 – East Block. Each of the teams will receive $1,500.
The jury provided a few comments on each of the winning entries:
Changing the Perspective This evocative proposal incorporates the former U.S. Embassy located on Wellington Street and the CIBC Building and Fisher Building on Sparks Street. The proposal challenges conventional conservation approaches, demonstrating a good understanding of The Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada, while at the same time challenging some of the underlying assumptions.
Earth and Heaven
This project proposes transforming the Campanile Campus on Walkley Road into a palliative care facility. It is a good presentation with a clear communication of ideas and understanding of the site — its history, attributes and challenges. The proposal for a palliative care facility is a thoughtful response to a demonstrated and pressing community need. At the same time, the gentle insertion of this new function demonstrates a good understanding of the capacity of this architecturally significant site to adapt to new uses. A very interesting interchange between sustainability and conservation.
This creative proposal concerns the design of an Indigenous centre on a site that includes the former U.S. Embassy on Wellington Street and the adjacent CIBC Building and Fisher Building on Sparks Street. It is a clear and concise presentation with strong graphics. The proposal to envelope the existing building in a green cloak is both exciting and provocative, though it is unknown how a green wall would behave in a northern climate. The proposal offers a thought-provoking conservation strategy in a culturally charged setting.
Phase 2 – East Block
This proposal for the Phase 2 Rehabilitation of the East Block of Parliament Hill demonstrates a good understanding of the historical context and the challenge of gently inserting a new use for this significant space.
The awards jury comprised:
- Carolyn Quinn, HODI; Built Heritage Sub Committee, City of Ottawa; Heritage Ottawa;
- Heather McArthur, intern architect, Watson MacEwen Teramura Architects;
- Lisa Nicol, partner, John G. Cooke Associates Ltd., Consulting Engineers;
- Mario Santana, associate professor in Heritage Conservation and Sustainability, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carleton University; and
- Mariana Esponda, associate professor and co-ordinator, Heritage Conservation and Sustainability Program, Azrieli School of Architecture, Carleton University.
The formal awards ceremony will take place on June 14, 2018 at the Azrieli School of Architecture graduation ceremony. The HODI competition for 2018-2019 will launch at the Carleton University Welcome Day event in September.
More information about this year’s HODI Award is available via Carleton University.