Awards of Excellence 2001: Meat and Potatoes

After graduating from McGill University in Montreal, Adam Caruso worked for Florian Beigel and Arup Associates prior to establishing his own practice with Peter St John in 1990. The London firm’s best-known project is a new art gallery and public square in Walsall, England, which was the subject of an international design competition and which opened in February 2000. In September 2001, Caruso St John completed a substantial renovation of the Barbican Concert Hall in London. Adam Caruso is currently Professor of Architecture at the University of Bath.

Beth Kapusta is a Toronto-based freelance architecture critic, writer and editor. After graduating from the University of Waterloo School of Architecture in 1991, she spent five years as associate editor at Canadian Architect. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Domus, Architectural Record, Azure (for which she is a Contributing Editor), the National Post, Saturday Night, and The Globe and Mail. She is presently co-writing a book on the Yolles Partnership’s engineering practice (to be published by Douglas and McIntyre in spring 2002), and working as a consultant with Eric Young Enterprises in Toronto. She is the former Executive Director of the Cancer Advocacy Coalition of Canada.

Mario Saia is the principal designer of Saia et Barbarese, architectes, the current version of the firm he co-founded in 1968. As such, he has overseen all of his firm’s work in architectural competitions and all of its major projects. The firm has won numerous awards and citations, including a 1999 Governor General’s Medal for Excellence for the Centre sportif de la Petite-Bourgogne in Montreal. Mr. Saia has also participated in numerous public organizations, notably, since 1989, on the Comit consultatif de Montral sur la protection des biens culturels. He has participated in numerous competition juries, and served as a guest lecturer, studio director, conference speaker, and guest critic.