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Winners (December 01, 2006)

December 1, 2006
by Canadian Architect

The overall design of the Manitoba Hydro Head Office is a result of an Integrated Design Process (IDP) that began with the client’s selection of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects as design architect. KPMB was selected from a shortlist of eight international firms to lead the design, and the firm is working in association with Winnipeg-based Smith Carter Architects and Engineers (architects of record) and Prairie Architects Inc. (advocate architect). The team also includes Transsolar (energy/climate science), Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd. with Halcrow Yolles (structural), and Earth Tech Canada Inc. (electrical and mechanical). The above photograph represents only the core team responsible for the design concept; a full list appears on p. 35. The Manitoba Hydro Head Office project is KPMB’s sixth project to be honoured by a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence. Previous projects include Kitchener City Hall (1990), the Royal Conservatory of Music Master Plan (1991), the Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery (1999), the Vaughan Civic Centre (2004), and the Royal Conservatory of Music TELUS Performance and Learning Centre (2005). Left to right: John Peterson, Thomas Auer (Transsolar), Andrea Macaroun, Bruce Kuwabara, William Wilmotte, Luigi LaRocca, Ramon Janer, Kael Opie, Lucy Timbers, Doug McKay (Manitoba Hydro), Tom Gouldsborough (Manitoba Hydro).

Paul Laurendeau Architect established his practice in 1995. Since that time, his work has received much recognition through numerous design awards, including one from the Quebec Order of Architects. Laurendeau’s projects focus on the fundamental aspects of architecture, emphasizing the importance of spatial organization and rigorous geometries along with the use of natural materials that endure the ravages of time. Established in 1958, Jodoin Lamarre Pratte et associs architectes has acquired a reputation for excellence in all aspects of construction and design, pursuing the approach to quality established by its founding partners. The firm has been involved in the realization of numerous award-winning projects such as the Universit du Qubec’s Montreal campus, the McCord Museum of Canadian History, and the M.H. Wong Pavilion on the McGill University campus. Top photo, left to right: Irina Nazarova, Paul Laurendeau, Claire Dusonchet. Bottom photo, left to right: Denis Gaudreault, Marc Laurendeau, Michel Simard, Yanick Lesage.

Established in 1980, Peter Cardew Architects has been recognized both nationally and internationally for its contribution to the built environment. The work is the result of the shared motivation of the office and its clients to complete projects in which quality and endurance are the primary objectives. The work acknowledges the dependence of innovation on precedent and technology on craft in the pragmatic construction of a modern society. Left to right: Peter Cardew, Liana Sipelis, David Scott, Derek Kaplan, Patrick Wheeler.

Founded in 1997, HIP Architects is the continuation of the oldest practice in Alberta dating back to 1938 as Rule Wynn Rule. As a design studio comprised of 30 architects, designers and technicians, HIP is a non-hierarchical and creative team whose goals include simply making a difference and superseding clients’ expectations. David Murray Architect is an Edmonton firm with a specialty in the planning, restoration and rehabilitation of historic sites and buildings. The current office was established in 1984, and its project portfolio includes numerous protected historic resources in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Murray was the 2003 recipient of the Edmonton and District Historical Society Annual Award of Merit. Left to right: Allan Partridge, David Murray, Jacalyn Sernecky, Ian Morgan, David Mazurick.

Baird Sampson Neuert is committed to excellence in the design and sustainability of built and natural environments. In practice for over three decades, the firm has extensive experience with the programming and design of complex institutional buildings, site landscapes and public spaces. BSN’s portfolio is distinguished by a wide array of award- winning building and public space designs, including two Governor General’s Awards. An acknowledged leader of “green design” in Canada, BSN’s expertise has grown out of longstanding research interests and successful project experience such as the Niagara Parks Commission Butterfly Conservatory, the Thomas L. Wells Public School in Toronto, and the recently opened French River Visitor Centre in Killarney, Ontario. Left to right: Ted Benedicto, Hugh Clark, Barry Sampson, Mauro Carreno, Winda Lau, Yves Bonnardeaux, Nene Stout, Mark Martin, Adrian Phiffer.

Joey Giaimo completed his undergraduate studies at Ryerson University and recently received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia. Upon graduation, he was named to the RAIC Honour Roll and received the RAIC Student Medal. He resides and works in Vancouver where he is co-editing Vancouver Matters, an upcoming book that explores the city through material conditions, leading to an inquiry of its places, spaces and history. Giaimo is also a member of Space-Agency, a Vancouver-based architecture and design collective, promoting knowledge and discussion of architecture in the public realm.

David Coole completed his Master of Architecture studies at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia, after having spent the previous 15 years working in film and television in Halifax following various studies in fine arts and science at the University of Waterloo and NSCAD. In addition to the Canadian Architect Student Award of Excellence, he has also received the Vaughn Berg Memorial Prize, the Outstanding Thesis Prize and an RAIC Honour Roll distinction. Coole is currently deliberating on which of Canada’s coasts he will ultimately settle.

Phil Vandermey received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Calgary in 2006, following an undergraduate degree in Communication and Culture with a minor in Architecture. His thesis project explores his interest in humanistic architecture and its continual dialogue with the city and its inhabitants. Developing this sensibility through design has earned him first place in a collaborative national student design competition for a pedestrian bridge, and an RAIC student medal. Vandermey currently works with Marc Boutin Architect in Calgary.

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