Canadian Architect Awards since 1968 presented on one interactive map

AREA's map and visual gallery documents over 500 projects recognized with Canadian Architect Awards over more than 50 years.

The Atlas of Research on Exemplarity in Architecture and the Built Environment (AREA), in collaboration with Canadian Architect magazine, presents all the projects, buildings and places awarded since 1968 on a single interactive map and in a visual gallery of over 500 items.

The Taza Water Reservoir at Taza Park Phase 1, by Zeidler Architecture, won a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence in 2020, A curvilinear fence provides a secure enclosure for the water reservoir, while referring to beaver dams and Indigenous teepee structures. The fence’s southern exposure supports a solar panel array.This corpus was compiled in coordination with Elsa Lam, editor of Canadian Architect magazine. The data was collected by a team of M.Arch. students, led by Lucas Ouellet at the Université de Montréal, and including Charles Cauchon and Anna Zakharova.

The realization of this map and the entry of data in the AREA system is funded by the Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence directed by Jean-Pierre Chupin, as well as by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

A new classification system by typological categories allows for more precise queries in the database. A table of “unlocated items” collects cases that cannot appear on the map, either because they are private residences or unbuilt award-winning projects by students.

“Jean-Pierre Chupin, Lucas Ouellat, and their team have assembled a tremendous resource, by bringing together all of the Canadian Architect Award winners in one place for the first time,” says Lam. “The Canadian Architect Awards have for decades recognized projects at the design and construction stages—when the original design vision of a project is typically at its strongest. We conduct a rigorous jurying process with a peer jury, delivering a meaningful selection of each year’s best future projects. As a group, these 500+ projects present a remarkable history of the aspirations of Canadian architects over more than half a century.”

The AREA project aims to assemble an atlas of all of Canada’s award-winning architectural projects, from national, regional, and local award programs. It is part of an even larger national, inter-institutional research project that aims to analyze architectural quality. The research is especially focused on developing rigorous analytical methods to understand the relationships between social equity, environmental stewardship, and the perception of quality by users of buildings.

For the past 54 years, Canadian Architect has sponsored an annual national awards program recognizing future projects. Submissions are due in September, judging takes place in October and the winning schemes are published in a special issue every December.

This year also marks the 4th Photo Awards of Excellence, recognizing the best recent photographs of Canadian buildings. Submissions to both programs are currently open, and are due Thursday, September 16, 2021.


For direct access to the map of Canadian Architect Award winners since 1968, visit: https://architecture-excellence.org/canadian-architect-map/

For access to a visual gallery of Canadian Architect Award winners since 1968, visit: https://architecture-excellence.org/canadian-architect/

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