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December 1, 2013
by Canadian Architect

Fort McMurray International Airport
The office of mcfarlane biggar architects + designers (omb) is an energetic design studio based in North Vancouver. Led by principals Steve McFarlane and Michelle Biggar, the practice is supported by the creative energy of associates Nick Foster, Rob Grant and Tracey MacTavish, along with 20 other design professionals dedicated to the goals of design excellence and exceptional service. The firm’s history includes local, national and international acknowledgement through multiple Lieutenant Governor of BC Awards, several Wood Design Awards, and a multitude of awards for interior design. In 2012, the team was honoured with a Governor General’s Medal for Architecture for their work with the College of New Caledonia in northern BC. Intentionally multidisciplinary in its approach, omb focuses on architecture and interior design while also embracing urban design, environmental graphics and branding. Their current work includes the expansion of the UBC bookstore, an innovative residential tower in Vancouver, the new local headquarters for Telus, the design innovation centre for Lululemon, urban design and architecture for Prince Rupert’s evolving waterfront, and Phase Two of the North Vancouver Civic Centre. The studio strives for clear and relevant resolution, and is unwavering in its commitment to delivering succinct and artful intention for all projects, regardless of scale or complexity. They seek to balance the lessons of the past with the responsibilities of the future, and define sustainable practices and rigorous creative exploration as the key drivers for innovation and timelessness in their work.

Waterdown Library and Civic Centre and Guelph Civic Centre Market Square Pavilion
Rounthwaite Dick and Hadley Architects (RDH) is a Toronto-based architectural studio specializing in the design of public architecture. Originally founded in 1919, RDH is one of Canada’s oldest practices. Over the last century, the firm has produced a wide range of work, from large turn-of-the-century mansions and corporate headquarters to industrial facilities, academic buildings, recreation centres and libraries. The core of their current work is dedicated to the public realm, and although they do not restrict the nature of work they take on, they have become first and foremost public architects. This type of work brings them a great degree of satisfaction, both professionally and personally, as it is work that enhances their shared environments and affects the lives of the community as a whole. RDH is an intergenerational practice led by managing partners Rob Boyko and Bob Goyeche and design partners Tyler Sharp and Geoffrey Miller. While the firm is almost 100 years old, in many ways, it now feels and acts like a young emerging studio whose 94-year legacy provides a solid backbone of technical experience which augments a rigorous and energetic design process.

Faculty of Law, University of Toronto and Casey House
Hariri Pontarini Architects (HPA) is an award-winning architectural practice known for creating such modern landmarks as the internationally lauded Bahá’í Temple for South America, the acclaimed McKinsey & Company headquarters in Toronto, and the Governor General’s medal-winning Schulich School of Business. Founded in 1994 by Siamak Hariri and David Pontarini, they are a Canadian firm that has delivered a broad range of institutional, commercial and residential projects, including libraries, schools and academic buildings for a wide variety of clients. These designs and buildings have been recognized by their peers and client groups, who have rewarded them with more than 50 national and international awards, including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s 2013 Architectural Firm Award. Today, they design projects of exceptional quality that meet and exceed the creative and economic desires and aspirations of each individual client. HPA’s 70 professional and technical staff members are overseeing the design and construction of nearly 50 institutional, cultural, commercial and mixed-use projects including the recently completed Richard Ivey Building for the Ivey Business School at Western University, the expansion of the French language institute Alliance Française de Toronto, the 75-storey One Bloor development in the heart of the city of Toronto, and Edmonton’s exciting new mixed-use Arena District.

Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
B+H Architects has been in the business of shaping the built environment for 60 years with award-winning architectural, planning and interior design services delivering innovative sustainable design solutions to large-scale, technically complex projects around the world. They believe in intelligently planned buildings, providing high returns for low cost, and enhancing the experiences of their users in terms of performance, relationships and environment. B+H’s integrated global practice has offices in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Seattle, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Delhi, Dubai and Doha, and spans all major sectors–commercial, education, entertainment, health care, hospitality, industrial, institutional, mixed-use, residential, retail, sports and transportation.

Branksome Hall Athletics & Wellness Centre
MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) is a group of dedicated designers and architects who are invested in the ideals of civic placemaking that amplifies the quality of life and gives value to social and cultural aspirations, whether they are centred on education, wellness and recreation, or the workplace. MJMA has evolved from a 25-year legacy of making community buildings to building communities–in towns and cities, on campuses, within organizations, and across playing fields–developing hybrid civic projects that combine overlapping public programs, supporting both personal and civic wellness. With a deep legacy of sports and recreation expertise, their design skills have led to work across numerous building types at various scales. Their increasingly diverse portfolio speaks to a culture of innovation at MJMA that drives their designs. This spirit of innovation, cultivated with clients who are enthusiastic about creating meaningful architecture that positively contributes to the built environment, has resulted in more than 75 national awards.

Fifth Pavilion–Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Atelier TAG is a small husband-and-wife practice led by Manon Asselin and Katsuhiro Yamazaki. Based in Montreal, the firm’s output has one of the country’s most consistent track records of design excellence. Since its inception, the studio has worked to reinterpret the civic function of architecture through the careful study of socio-cultural contexts within which a given program operates in order to create meaningful spaces. Atelier TAG’s growing body of work has allowed it to develop a design methodology focused on building technique and materiality. The work of the studio is a quest for simplicity, where the built space–through the calculated play of light and materiality–embodies the physical, the cultural, and the poetics of architecture. In recent years, Atelier TAG has been awarded two Governor General’s medals and the prestigious Prix de Rome in architecture by the Canada Council for the Arts. In parallel to her practice, Manon Asselin is a professor of architecture at the Université de Montréal.

Fifth Pavilion–Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architectes was established in 1958 and has acquired a reputation for excellence in all aspects of construction and design, pursuing the approach to quality set by its founding partners. The firm has been involved in the realization of numerous award-winning projects including the Biblioth&egra
ve;que Raymond-Lévesque in St-Hubert, the Longueuil Campus of the Université de Sherbrooke, the Salle de Spectacles Dolbeau-Mistassini, and the Théâtre du Vieux-Terrebonne, recent recipients of the Canadian Architect Award of Excellence.

Gillam Town Centre
Based in Winnipeg, Peter Sampson Architecture Studio was established in 2008 and is developing a broad portfolio of institutional, experimental, and community-scaled work across central Canada. The studio commits to the practice and research of low-impact architecture emerging from both the natural and unnatural resources of the contexts in which it works. It takes pleasure in designing from the conditions of place. Peter Sampson teaches at the University of Manitoba and has taught at the Universities of Toronto and Waterloo. In 2012, with Will Bruder Architects, his studio was shortlisted for the Inuit Art and Learning Centre addition to the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Gillam Town Centre
Calnitsky Associates Architects is a Winnipeg-based multidisciplinary architectural and interior design firm that was established in 1986. The firm’s LEED-accredited architects and professional interior designers are involved in a wide range of large-scale institutional, commercial and residential projects across Canada, the United States, and abroad. Recently, they received an Award of Excellence in an international design competition sponsored by the City of Portland, Oregon. In addition to working with Peter Sampson Architecture Studio, the firm has collaborated with other practices on projects as far flung as Nunavut, Barbados and Ukraine.

Ouroboros Residence
Pelletier de Fontenay is an architectural practice based in Montreal. Founded in 2010 by Hubert Pelletier and Yves de Fontenay, the studio is specifically interested in the relationship between the abstract concepts of architecture and their material incarnations, aiming to achieve a synthetic expression of form and culture. In their practice, geometric manipulation is a recurring design tool bringing coherence to their work. In the past three years, the firm has been shortlisted in a series of local competitions, and was named the winner in the Aéroports de Montréal Entrance Signal competition. Parallel to their practice, Pelletier de Fontenay is working on an ongoing research project called Invariations, an abstract creative exploration of fundamental principles of architecture that was twice awarded grants by the Quebec Arts and Letters Council.

Memento Mori
Francis Ng, born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver, has been intrigued by the arts and the built environment since a very young age. He decided to pursue his architectural passion at McGill University, where his interest in historical studies was cultivated. Having spent the past six years in Montreal, Francis became particularly interested in the widespread phenomenon of disused and abandoned churches. His thesis advisor, Professor Martin Bressani, was greatly influential with respect to his thesis concerning latent memory and recreating the lost atmosphere of these religious sites. In recognition of his outstanding work, he was awarded the prestigious Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Student Medal, and he is also a recipient of the A.F. Dunlop Scholarship, which will enable him to travel to historical sites of memory in Italy and Germany. Francis has interned at various architectural offices in Vancouver, Hong Kong and Singapore, and is currently working at Heatherwick Studio in London, UK.

Responsive Geometries
Faisal Bashir is a Toronto-based designer who began his architectural design experience at the office of Khoury Levit Fong in 2010. There, he participated in over a dozen international competitions–two of which were winning submissions. In the summer of 2013, he joined Hariri Pontarini Architects, becoming part of a team responsible for prominent cultural and institutional projects. Faisal holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto. His 2013 thesis project Responsive Geometries was judged to be the school’s most outstanding thesis and won the prestigious Kuwabara-Jackman Gold Medal. Bashir’s continued interest in the relationship between architecture, civic identity and computational design has earned him a nomination as the University of Toronto’s candidate for the Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts.




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