Carleton announces winners of HODI Award in Built Heritage Conservation

Strutt House. Photo: Carleton University
Strutt House. Photo: Carleton University

Carleton University and the Board of Directors of Historic Ottawa Development Inc. (HODI) have announced the winners of the inaugural HODI Award in Built Heritage Conservation.

This year there were two winning entries. The first project, Strutt House, created by students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Kristen Balogh, Rachel Gullage, Neil Kenkel, Krista MacWilliam and Corinne Wallisch, will receive an award of $2,500.  The second is Sealed Environment – Climate Control of Historic House Museums, by Golnaz Karimi from the Azrieli School of Architecture. It received an award of $4,500.

The Strutt House project is an adaptive reuse proposal for a complex geodesic residential design by notable modernist architect James Strutt for use as a public conference and retreat centre. The minimum intervention approach presented addresses both architectural conservation and structural engineering issues facing the deteriorating building with a focus on practical, environmental and social considerations.

The winning entry Sealed Environment is a thorough, thoughtful and technologically sophisticated response to the problem of environmental conditions in Horaceville, a 19th-century stone masonry structure in Kanata. It employs laser scanning to document the existing structure in three dimensions, thermal imaging to map the moisture content of the building envelope, and sensors to monitor indoor humidity. 

An elegant and reversible design response to the problem of creating suitable artifact storage is included in the study, which balances the need to provide proper environmental conditions for the collection while preserving the character of the historic place.

Established in 2015, the HODI Award for Built Heritage Conservation is awarded annually to outstanding students at Carleton in the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering or the School of Canadian Studies. Recipients are involved in projects aimed at safeguarding and rehabilitating historic buildings in Ottawa.

The award provides the opportunity for HODI to support the emerging generation of conservation professionals in researching, learning and practicing in Ottawa. It helps build the capacity needed to deliver conservation best practices for Ottawa’s built heritage, now and into the future.

This year’s winning projects demonstrated feasibility of implementation, expressed a clear conservation approach and addressed the practical considerations of construction and conservation treatments.

The awards jury was comprised of:

  • Mark Thompson Brandt, MTBA Associates Inc., Ottawa.
  • Allan Teramura, Watson MacEwen Teramura Architects, Ottawa.
  • Carolyn Quinn, member of the Ottawa Built Heritage Advisory Committee.
  • Mario Santana, assistant professor in Heritage Conservation and Sustainability, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carleton University.
  • Mariana Esponda, associateprofessor and co-ordinator, Heritage Conservation and Sustainability Program, Azrieli School of Architecture, Carleton University.

The formal awards ceremony will take place on June 9, 2016 at the Azrieli School of Architecture graduation ceremony. The HODI competition for 2016-‘17 will be launched at the Carleton University Welcome Day event in September.

The winning submissions are available for viewing at: