BC firm Checkwitch Poiron Architects announced as one of Design Is…Award winners

In its seventh year, the Shaw Contract Group Design Is… Award program honours architecture and design firms that are changing the very idea of what design is. Through these winning projects, selected from commercial spaces from around the globe, we see how design is redefining the way we work, play and organize our lives. Out of 285 entries from 19 countries, the following five firms are the Design Is… Award winners for 2012.

Checkwitch Poiron Architects Inc. was announced as one of the five winners of the Design Is…Award. With offices in Vancouver, Nanaimo and Saltspring Island, the firm was recognized for the Nanaimo Cruise Ship Terminal in Nanaimo, BC. For cruise ship passengers visiting the mid-Vancouver Island area, the Nanaimo terminal makes a striking first impression that reflects the values of the region. Extensive use of warm inviting wood combines the beauty and native industries of the region. Sustainable products used in the offices overlooking the welcome centre provide a subtle yet playful and dynamic counterpoint to the richness of the natural wood used throughout the terminal.

The other four winners are: D/DOCK of Amsterdam for a project entitled B/S/H/ Huishoudapparaten in Hoofddorp, Netherlands; Colacion Studio of Long Beach, California for the Tamdeen Group project in Safat, Kuwait; Gensler of Los Angeles for the Shore Hotel in Santa Monica; and Shimoda Design Group of Los Angeles for WorkCafe in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“After seven years and more than 1,400 entries from 25 countries, the Design Is… Award continues to champion design excellence across market segments and around the world,” says John Stephens, vice president of marketing for Shaw Contract Group. “This year’s Design Is… Award winner video provides some of the best talent in our industry the opportunity to share the stories of their award-winning projects. We do this to acknowledge the highest calibre of work, remind one another of our shared passion for design, and strengthen and build the connections between people. Simultaneously, we will create an invaluable archive of design voices and wisdom for the future of the profession.”

Five distinguished members of the design community evaluated each project based on its design solutions beyond aesthetic quality. John Peterson, founder and president of Public Architecture, moderated the discussion as the jurors reviewed the challenges, processes and results of each project and how each design team defined design.

The judging panel included: Lucy Baraquio senior design manager, Starbucks;  Aneetha McLellan associate vice president, HDR Architecture; Vito Lotta senior director of design, Doubletree Hotels of Hilton Hotels; Steve Louie teacher, Design School of Temasek Polytechnic; Casey Jones design director, General Services Administration.

For more information on the winners, please visit www.shawcontractgroup.com/Content/press_releases/8-10-12-Shaw-Contract-Group-Design-Is-Award-Winners.pdf. Winning firms will be recognized in an upcoming advertising campaign in leading industry publications and receive an original award sculpture. A $2,000 charitable donation in the name of each winning firm will be awarded to the program or organization of the firm’s choosing. Shaw Contract Group will also promote its winners through promotional and marketing materials. Firms can currently enter the 2013 Design Is… Award competition at www.shawcontractgroup.com.