News (November 01, 2001)


Toronto Urban Design Awards.

The 2001 Toronto Architecture and Urban Design Awards were presented at the Design Exchange on October 18. Awards of Excellence in the Buildings category went to The Isabel Bader Theatre at Victoria University, University of Toronto, by Lett/Smith Architects and to Ways Lane Residence by A.J. Diamond, Donald Schmitt and Company. The Upper East Side townhouse development by Wallman Clewes Bergman Architects and Corban and Goode Landscape Architects and Urbanists received an Award of Excellence for Large Places or Neighbourhood Designs, and an Award of Excellence for Visions and Master Plans went to Investing in the Landscape, the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus Master Plan, prepared by Urban Strategies Inc. with Taylor Hariri Pontarini Architects, Corban and Goode Landscape Architects and William Greer Heritage Consultant.

In the Buildings category, Honourable Mentions were awarded to Sackville Infill Housing by Baird Sampson Neuert Architects, Meeting Place by Levitt Goodman Architects, Perennial Gardens and artists Scott Childs, Steve Marshal and Beth Halstead, and Twenty by Wallman Clewes Bergman Architects and James Floyd Landscape Architect. Other Honourable Mentions were awarded, in the Elements category, to the Prince Arthur Arch by Page + Steele Architects/Planners Incorporated and Ferris + Quinn Landscape Architects, and, in the Visions and Master Plans category, to College Street Creative Landscape for Making a Living by Brown and Storey Architects. In the Student Projects category, Honourable Mentions went to two students from the University of Toronto: Bryce Mirand for RE-CREATE Waterfront REC-RE-ATE, and Peter H. North for Land Shift.

2001 Wood Design Awards.

Three Canadian firms were among the winners of the 2001 Wood Design Awards. Shim-Sutcliffe Architects Inc. of Toronto received an Honour Award for the Muskoka Boathouse, Lake Muskoka, Ontario, and a Citation Award for Moorelands Camp Dining Hall, Lake Kawagama, Dorset, Ontario. Citation Awards went to Hariri Pontarini Architects, also of Toronto, for Robertson House Crisis Centre, Toronto, and to Patkau Architects Inc. of Vancouver for La Petite Maison de Weekend.

2001 Aga Khan Awards.

Nine projects were presented with 2001 Aga Khan Awards for Architecture at a ceremony on November 6 in Aleppo, Syria. Awards went to the Urban Development and Revitalization Corporation and Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization for New Life for Old Structures, various locations, Iran; Ali Amahan for At Iktel, Abadou, Morocco; Barefoot Architects of Tilonia for Barefoot Architects, Tilonia, India; Heikkinen-Komonen Architects for Kahere Eila Poultry Farming School, Koliagbe, Guinea; Mahmoud El-Hakim for the Nubian Museum, Aswan, Egypt; Jafar Tukan & Partners for SOS Children’s Village, Aqaba, Jordan; Cengiz Bektas for Olbia Social Centre, Antalya, Turkey; Baft-e-Shahr Consulting for Bagh-e-Ferdowsi, Tehran, Iran; and Kerry Hill Architects for Datai Hotel, Pulau Langkawi, Malaysia. The 2001 Chairman’s Award for lifetime achievement went to Geoffrey Bawa of Sri Lanka. The triennial awards program identifies and encourages building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of Muslim societies.


Angus Campbell 1924-2001

Influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, Angus Campbell was among the first architects in Newfoundland to embrace Modern architecture. With no formal training in architecture, he apprenticed with W.J. Ryan of St. John’s and eventually became a registered architect. He worked in partnership with George Cummings from 1955 to 1964 (Cummings and Campbell, Architects and Engineers), with Robert Horwood and William Guihan from 1966 to 1970 (Horwood, Campbell, Guihan, Architects), and on his own from 1970 to 1994. Among Campbell’s best-known projects are a house for Premier Joey Smallwood near Conception Bay, and Beth-El Synagogue and Bowrings’ department store, both in St. John’s, all carried out by the partnership of Cummings and Campbell (see CA March 2000).


Canadian Architecture Week in Chicago.

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley declared the week of October 3-10 “Canadian Architecture Week in Chicago.” This is significant recognition from a city that boasts buildings designed by some of the most notable architects in modern history.

Two Chicago foundations participated by showcasing the designs of Canadian architects Douglas Cardinal and Brian MacKay-Lyons. The exhibition Celebrate Cardinal–A Portfolio, on display at the John David Mooney Foundation until November 17, included a one storey-high model of a Cardinal-designed organic structure. Also featured were drawings and models of Cardinal’s Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, St. Mary’s Church in Red Deer, Alberta, and his studio and residence in Stony Plain, Alberta.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Douglas Cardinal participated in events at the University of Illinois School of Architecture, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the Architecture Foundation, the Field Museum, and the Cultural Center (see page 46). At an October 10 symposium on Architectural Responsibility: Public Buildings and Public Spaces, Cardinal stated that “You have to work with as many groups as you can if you truly want to serve the community.”

Stewardship, an exhibition of Brian MacKay-Lyons’ colour photographs and drawings of rural and urban buildings in Nova Scotia, was displayed at the Graham Foundation. At a lecture opening the exhibition on October 6, MacKay-Lyons highlighted the relevance of vernacular architecture to his own designs, explaining how he looks to traditional Nova Scotia houses, sheds and barns as “elders.” Many of these buildings are gone, but remain in MacKay-Lyons’ photographs, which he presented alongside slides of buildings he designed.

–Jean Cummings

A tale of two Eatons.

Les architectes Lemay et Associs of Montreal have designed the redevelopment of the city’s flagship Eaton building on Sainte-Catherine Street, introducing a skylit atrium at the centre that rises from the Metro level to the top of the ten-storey building. Les Ailes de la Mode department store will occupy about two-thirds of the 360,000 square feet of retail space on the first four floors, with the balance accommodating some 70 boutique retailers. The upper floors will accommodate office space. The ninth floor restaurant, designed in 1930 by Parisian Art Deco master Jacques Carlu, will be preserved. Completion is scheduled for August, 2002.

In Winnipeg, the Save the Eaton’s Building Coalition is attempting to stop the planned demolition of the landmark 96 year old Portage Avenue department store to make way for a new hockey arena. The Coalition has developed an alternative proposal for a mixed-use facility called the Eaton Square Development, which divides the building into approximately 500,000 square feet of space on eight floors. The plan includes a 20,000 square foot atrium and a 63,000 square foot public square, residential lofts, studios and seniors’ and student housing, retail outlets, a supermarket, restaurants and offices. The building, with its pre-modernist faades and pioneering use of steel frame construction, is an important surviving example of the Chicago warehouse style.

Kohn Shnier and Teknion at MoMA.

The Museum of Modern Art in New York has announced that it will include Spandrobe, “a futuristic closet for the office that takes the shape of objects it contains,” in its Design Collection. Designed by Kohn Shnier Architects of Toronto and Teknion Corporation, its stretch suiting fabric doors are made of Spandex. A six-inch personal storage unit has a mirrored panel that opens to provide access to adjustable shelves for personal items. The shell is made of aluminum and the unit is equipped with a light and power plug-ins.


In the October 2001 issue, the following individuals were inadvertently omitted from the architect team credits for the Jackson-Triggs Winery: Jill Osiowy, Andre D’Elia, Gianni Me
ogrossi, Rufina Wu.