Canadian architects recognized with prestigious international architecture awards

The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and co-presented by Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd. announce 90 new distinguished building projects, urban plans, and landscape architecture designs selected in this year’s prestigious International Architecture Awards program for 2011.

Given the record numbers of entries this year and the widest geographic distribution of buildings worldwide, The International Architecture Awards have become a global event of an unprecedented scale – the most important barometer for the future direction of new architectural design and thinking today – celebrating,  recognizing, and highlighting the world’s foremost architectural solutions for the designs of new cities, skyscrapers, corporate buildings, institutions, arts facilities, airports, private homes, industrial structures, and urban planning projects from New York to Singapore.

The four projects designed by Canadian firms are as follows: Nebuta House in Aomori, Japan by molo design ltd. (Vancouver) along with associate architects Frank la Rivière Architects Inc. (Tokyo) and d/dt Arch (Japan); Jasper Place Branch Library in Edmonton, Alberta by Dub Architects (Edmonton) along with associate architects Hughes Condon Marler Architects (Vancouver); West Vancouver Community Centre in West Vancouver, British Columbia by Hughes Condon Marler Architects (Vancouver); and the Canadian Museum of Nature Renovation in Ottawa, Ontario by Barry Padolsky Associates Inc. Architects (Ottawa), Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (Toronto), and Gagnon, Letellier, Cyr Architects (Quebec).

This year, an exhibition of all 90 awarded projects (built and soon to be built) takes place in a special exhibition entitled New World Architecture installed at Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires, Argentina during the XIII BA11 International Biennial de Arquitectura, which takes place from October 8-30, 2011. After Argentina, the exhibition is scheduled to travel to Warsaw and around Europe until 2012.

According to Christian K. Narkiewicz-Laine, Museum President of the Chicago Athenaeum, “This awards program draws important public and professional focus for the celebration and recognition of the most important key buildings produced in this decade, underscoring the highest level of imagination and inspiration of the ‘best of the best’ architectural minds practicing design today. The selected projects challenge new approaches to design that are beyond the envelope of the everyday, while providing cities with key civic buildings that celebrate and harmonize architecture as a high art while finding answers to the complicated problems of environment, social context, improving quality of life, and sustainability.”

“The list of this year’s winning schemes is most impressive,” states Kieran Conlon, Director/COO of the European Centre, “drawn by some of the world’s most talented thinkers from large and small architectural practices around the world. The glossary of entries is a ‘who’s who’ in international architecture practice today.”

For the 2011 International Architecture Awards, the Museum received hundreds of submissions from design firms in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas. The submissions ranged from the latest new corporate high-tech headquarters to smaller planning projects, bridges, memorials, sacred spaces, and private residences. All submitted projects were designed by architects in their respective countries of origin or abroad for both built and unbuilt projects alike, as of January 1, 2008.

The 30 nations represented by the winning projects include: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Indonesia, Italy, Iran, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, People’s Republic of China, Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam and the United States.

A full list of winning buildings and urban planning projects can be seen at The European Centre’s website at