Get inspired By Past Winners of the Canadian Architect Awards

The deadline to submit your project to the Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence and Photo Award of Excellence is quickly approaching. Submissions of projects in the design phase and under construction are due on Thursday, September 10, 2020.

This is also the deadline for submitting your best architectural photo of a Canadian building.

Here’s a look back at some of our favourite entries from past years.

Beekeeping frames inspired the use of wood cells for the ceiling, walls and seating.

Mass timber was used in several of the selected projects in 2019, including the Honey Bee Research Centre by Moriyama & Teshima Architects. The hive-like design takes its inspiration from bees, learning from one of nature’s greatest architects. Our jurors commented: “A great marriage of landscape and building that becomes a magical extension of this part of the Guelph campus. The central space is going to be a beautiful, textured room.”

A workshop where exhibitions are constructed 
is a museum-within-a-museum, consolidating key imagery from the project in a single scene.

Our 2019  awards had an exceptionally strong showing of student awards. The Museum of Natural History to Ultima Thule, a thesis project by Brandon Eli John Bergem of University of Toronto, imagined a series of dioramas commemorating an Arctic island ravaged by the climate crisis. The resultant images were so compelling that we chose one of them for the cover of our awards issue.

The new paddock for the F1 Grand Prix du Canada, by FABG Architectes, won an Award of Excellence in our 2018 cycle. Jurors admired how the exposed mass timber structure speeds along the raceway. The project was up and running for last year’s Grand Prix—and a full review is forthcoming in our October 2020 issue.

The winning photo by doublespace photography

Doublespace Photography’s photo of the Bahá’î Temple of South America, a building designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, was the winner of our 2019 Photo Award of Excellence. The awards are open to professional as well as amateur architectural photographers. Submitted photos must be taken within the past two years, but they may be of a building completed prior to that time (historic buildings are fair game, too).

Social sustainability is at the core of Michael Leckie Studio’s Full House, which won a 2017 Award of Excellence. The multi-generational house is a five-bedroom home with a detached one-bedroom laneway unit. A pivoting partition allows the house to be configured in three different ways, to accommodate changing family needs over time.

Our 2016 Award of Excellence winners included Imago, by architects KANVA. The project won a City of Montreal competition as a creative means of minimizing the impact of a four-year renewal of Sainte-Catherine Street. This project features modular, inflatable catenary arches that protect the construction site and frame pedestrian zones. While plans to install Imago were cancelled in 2018, there are hopes the project may be realized elsewhere.

You can view an archive of more past winners here.

Here are some tips on preparing your submission.

Meet our jury for the 2020 awards here.

For more information on the awards, and to submit your entry, click here.