Maxime-Alexis Frappier, MIRAC, graduated in 2000 from the Université de Montréal, winning the Canadian Architect Student Award of Excellence for his thesis work. Since starting ACDF Architecture in 2006, Frappier has been involved with numerous projects across Canada and abroad. ACDF Architecture’s team of 40 architects and related professionals merges the quality of a young, dynamic design firm with rigour and experience. As the firm’s lead designer and president, Frappier tackles each project as a new narrative, translating its program into a clear, articulated and dynamic proposition where architecture is seen as a source of social, cultural and economic wealth. Frappier and ACDF’s projects have received awards including recognition from the Ordre des architectes du Québec and a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture. In 2012, ACDF was selected to compete against Mecanoo, Asymptote Architecture, and Neil M. Denari Architects for the Keelung Harbour Terminal International Competition in Taiwan. More recently, Frappier was honoured with the RAIC’s Young Architect Award. He is currently heading the design team of a 40-storey mixed-use project in Vancouver, and is also working on two major mixed-use projects in downtown Montreal and on a 35-storey hotel and apartment tower in Surrey, British Columbia.
Pat Hanson, FRAIC, is a founding partner of gh3, a practice that explores the overlap of architecture, landscape and sustainability. Hanson has deliberately staked out a broad practice in the belief that design encompasses the entire spectrum of the built environment. During 30 years of practice, she has contributed design leadership to the firms at which she was a partner. A versatile designer and a strong visual communicator, Hanson has directed a number of architecture, urbanism and planning projects which have involved complex programs and extensive public consultation processes, as well as the realization of competition-winning designs. She has spearheaded many institutional education projects that bridge beyond architecture into urban design and landscape. Under Hanson’s leadership, gh3 has steadily grown in capacity since its inception, winning multiple awards from its peers. The ability to mentor and direct the work of a young, enthusiastic and deeply talented staff has been key to Hanson’s accomplishments and success in international competitions. She has lectured on the work of the firms she has been partner at throughout North America and Europe. She maintains a strong commitment to architectural education and has served as an adjunct studio professor at the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo. Hanson is presently a member of the Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel.
Johanna Hurme, MRAIC, is an architect and a cofounder of Winnipeg-based 5468796 Architecture, established in 2007. In the past eight years, the firm has achieved national and international recognition and its work has been published in over 150 books and other publications. Project-specific awards include the 2014 WAF Future Project of the Year, Progressive Architecture Awards, Awards for Emerging Architecture and the Future Project Award from Architectural Review, Governor General’s Medals in Architecture, Awards of Excellence from the RAIC and Canadian Architect, and placing as a finalist for IIT’s emerging MCHAP award. Firm recognitions include the 2014 Rice Design Alliance Spotlight Award, the RAIC Emerging Practice Award, the WAN 21 for 21 Award, the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices Award, and being named in Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard. In 2012, 5468796 represented Canada at the Venice Biennale and in 2013 they were selected as the recipient of the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture. In addition to practice, Hurme is an activist and an advocate. She is passionate about making architecture an integral part of broader culture by spearheading ventures like Table for 12 + 1200 and Chair Your Idea. Hurme currently serves on the Board of Directors of Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, on the Council of Manitoba Association of Architects, is a Chair and founder of the WCC’s Creative Council, and is the President of the RAW Gallery Board of Directors. In 2010 she received a Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Emerging Business.