Call for Entries: 2024 OAA Awards

The Ontario Association of Architects is now accepting submissions for its 2024 OAA Awards program.

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) is currently accepting submissions for its biennial OAA Awards program, which showcases the best in built projects by Ontario practices and achievements by architects.

The 2024 Design Excellence Awards provide an opportunity to present completed projects that are innovative and sustainable, while the 2024 Service Awards are a chance to recognize both emerging and established architects for their careers and contributions.

As part of its five-year strategic plan, the OAA remains committed to Climate Action. As a result, Design Excellence submissions require mandatory Energy Usage Intensity (EUI) reporting for eligibility. Two free online tools are offered by the Association that enable entrants to measure the Total Energy Use Intensity (TEUI) of a building. The TEUI Calculator helps determine an existing building’s energy performance, while the new TEUI 2.0 calculates the TEUI and Thermal Energy Demand Intensity (TEDI) of a project.

Up to 10 Design Excellence Awards will be chosen by a jury. Any form of built architecture created by members of the OAA, located anywhere in the world, is eligible for entry, as long as it was completed since January 2018, and is currently in use.

The new Medal of Service will recognize those who have provided service and leadership to the profession and/or to the public through promotion, advocacy, education, or other contributions and achievements. According to the OAA, this honour is a continued evolution of the now-sunset G. Randy Roberts Service Award and Order of da Vinci.

Other awards this year include Best Emerging Practice, which recognizes the contribution of young firms that demonstrate a clear vision, well-articulated goals, and proven effective strategies, the Lifetime Design Achievement, which recognizes an architect’s career-long commitment to the promotion and achievement of architectural design excellence and the Honour Roll, which recognizes prominent members of the architectural profession who are now deceased.

Submissions and nominations will be accepted from now until January 19, 2024. The next opportunity to submit Design Excellence or Service Awards will be for the 2026 program due to the two-year cycle.

For more information or to visit the online submission form, click here.