Don’t miss it! 2013 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence deadline this Thursday!

The 2013 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence is an annual awards program open to all architects registered in Canada and to Canadian architectural graduates for buildings designed in Canada and abroad. Foreign architects are permitted to submit, provided they have partnered with a Canadian-registered architect.

The jury for this year’s awards has been finalized: Karen Marler, principal at Hughes Condon Marler Architects in Vancouver; Marianne McKenna, founding partner at Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects in Toronto; and Marc Simmons, partner at FRONT INC in New York, and Thomas W. Ventulett III Chair in Architectural Design at Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture.

Award submissions must be received by 5:00pm EST on Thursday, September 12, 2013.

Projects must be in the design stage, scheduled for construction or under construction but not substantially complete by September 12, 2013. All projects must be commissioned by a client with the intention to build the submitted proposal. All building types and concisely presented urban design schemes are eligible.

Awards are given for architectural design excellence. Jurors will consider the scheme’s response to the client’s program, site, and geographic and social context. They will evaluate its physical organization, form, structure, materials and environmental features.

For more information and to download the entry form, please visit The entry form is also available in the July 2013 and August 2013 print editions of Canadian Architect.

To view the winners of the 2012 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence, please visit

Jury Details

Karen Marler received her undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba, studied architecture at the Architectural Association, and graduated with her professional degree from the Technical University of Nova Scotia in 1984. Following school, she joined Roger Hughes Architects, a predecessor of Hughes Condon Marler Architects (HCMA), and in 1998 Karen became a Partner. HCMA’s work encompasses a broad range of project types, including recreation, education, civic, residential, commercial and cultural. The firm believes that better buildings, created by leveraging the power of design, contribute to better, stronger and healthier communities. This dedication to design excellence has been recognized by several Governor General’s Awards, Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Awards, and Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence. A recognized leader in sustainable design, HCMA continually strives to develop architecture that integrates environmental, social and economic considerations. Their work is both regionally and nationally focused with active projects across Canada. These projects are contextual yet contemporary in their expression; practical yet innovative in their execution; and most frequently concerned with the articulation and enhancement of the public realm. Karen is a frequent guest critic and thesis advisor for the UBC School of Architecture. She has presented HCMA’s work at the University of British Columbia, Dalhousie University, BC Institute of Technology, Urban Design Institute of BC, Canada Green Building Council conferences, and at International Living Future conferences. Karen was appointed a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2010.

Marianne McKenna, OC, OAA, OAQ, FRAIC, AIA, a founding partner of KPMB Architects, was born in Montreal, Quebec and educated at Swarthmore College (B.A. 1972) and Yale University (M. Arch. 1976). In 2012 she was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada for making “architecture that enriches the public experience.” Marianne has directed a diverse range of projects in the spheres of culture, education, business and hospitality. This work includes the recently completed Orchestra Hall Renewal in Minneapolis, Le Quartier Concordia (in joint venture with Fichten Soiferman et Associés, Architectes), an integrated vertical campus for Concordia University in Montreal, the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre at the University of Waterloo, the Rotman School of Management Expansion at the University of Toronto, the Jackson Triggs Niagara Estate Winery and the Torys LLP offices in Toronto and Calgary. Marianne’s internationally acclaimed design for the Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning and Koerner Hall earned KPMB its 11th Governor General’s Medal, Canada’s highest honour for architecture. In recognition for her achievement, Marianne was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Conservatory in 2011. Current projects include the revitalization of Toronto’s historic Massey Hall and new buildings for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the new Computational Sciences Building at Boston University. In 2010 Marianne was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. She has taught at McGill University, the Université de Montréal and the University of Toronto, and lectured and acted as guest critic at Yale University. She has juried a range of art competitions for integrated artworks, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Metrolinx.

Marc Simmons is a founding partner of Front Inc. and is the Ventulett Chair in Architectural Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture. He has more than 20 years of professional work experience, and holds both Bachelor of Environmental Studies and professional Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the University of Waterloo. Marc has been responsible as lead consultant for many seminal projects over the past decade. Projects include the Seattle Public Library with OMA/LMN, the new West Block Canadian House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa with ARCOP/FGMD, the Morgan Library and Museum in New York and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation National Library of Greece and the National Greek Opera with Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the China Central Television HQ in Beijing with OMA, the Toledo Museum of Art with Sejima and Nishizawa, the Walker Art Center with Herzog & de Meuron and the Wyly Theater in Dallas with REX/OMA. Prior to Front, Marc worked with the structural engineering firm Dewhurst Macfarlane & Partners as the associate and team leader responsible for the New York-based structural glass and façade design group for challenging projects that were executed throughout the USA and Europe. His specialist façade and architecture work experience was built upon previous work at Meinhardt Façade Technology, Foster and Partners, KPMB Architects and Shin Takamatsu Architect. Marc also lectures widely on the subject of façade design and innovation. In addition to his previous seven-year role as lecturer at the Princeton University School of Architecture, he has given presentations at Harvard GSD, Yale University; Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, UCLA Los Angeles, Rice University, Georgia institute of Technology, the University of Houston in Texas, the National University of Singapore, Technical University of Delft, University of Waterloo, Ryerson University, Syracuse University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Washington, USC Los Angeles, University of Illinois Chicago, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Mississippi State University, Auburn, University North Carolina, the 2007 Architectural Record Innovation Conference, 2008 Greenbuild Conference in Chicago and at various AIA events.