News (June 01, 2001)


AIBC 2001 Architectural Awards.

The Architectural Institute of British Columbia presented its awards for 2001 in Vancouver in April. This year’s Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Awards in Architecture included three Medal-winning projects: the Liu Centre for the Study of Global Issues, Vancouver by Architectura Planning Architecture Interiors Inc. in collaboration with Arthur Erickson, Burnaby Firehall No. 5, Burnaby and Coal Harbour Community Centre and Park, Vancouver, both by Henriquez Partners Architects. Merit Awards went to the Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver by Baker McGarva Hart Inc., the Aquarius at the Quayside Neighbourhood (Phase 1), Vancouver by James K.M. Cheng Architects Inc., Dragon Alley, Victoria by Moore Paterson Architects Inc., and Richmond City Hall, Richmond by Hotson Bakker/Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Associated Architects. The Liu Centre for the Study of Global Issues and the Materials Testing Facility by Busby + Associates Architects received AIBC Innovation Awards, and architect Joe Wai received the Barbara Dalrymple Memorial Award for Community Service.

OAA Awards Program 2001.

The Ontario Association of Architects has announced the winning projects in its 2001 awards program. Architectural Excellence Awards went to the Niagara Parks Commission Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara Falls by Baird Sampson Neuert Architects Inc., House in Mulmur Hills #1, Mulmur Township by Ian MacDonald Architect Inc., York University Honour Court and Welcome Centre, Toronto by Teeple Architects Inc., Cummer Community Centre, Toronto by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd., and to a Private Residence and the Umbra World Headquarters, both in Toronto, by Kohn Shnier Architects. Honourable Mentions went to the Hilton Toronto renovation by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, Erindale Student Centre, Mississauga by Kohn Shnier Architects and Erindale Phase VI Residence, Mississauga by Baird Sampson Neuert Architects Inc. in joint venture with Fliess Gates McGowan Easton/Architects Inc.

In the Ideas and Presentations Awards, Baird Sampson Neuert Architects received an Award of Excellence in the Image category for a rendering of Prospect Mausoleum, and Honourable Mentions were awarded to Timeless Fluidity by Riki Nishimura and to Contraption (Mailbox) by Sterling Finlayson Architects. In the Concept category, an Award of Excellence went to Riki Nishimura for Intertwining, and Honourable Mentions were awarded to Architects Alliance for the Fort Erie Gateway Master Plan and to Moriyama and Teshima Architects for the Gardens of Arriyadh. In a new category, Business Awards, a Good Design is Good Business Award went to Wallman Clewes Bergman Architects (now Architects Alliance) for the Atrium on Queen’s Quay, and Honourable Mentions to Peterson + Habib Architects for the Geraldton Heritage Interpretive Centre and to Moriyama and Teshima for the National Museum of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh. An Entrepreneurial Practice Award went to John Moses Architect Inc. of Oshawa, and this year’s Order of da Vinci Award was presented to George Baird.

2001 Ontario Steel Design Awards.

The Ontario Region of the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) presented a total of three awards for 2001: two in the architectural category and one in engineering. The Airport Combined Services Building, Ottawa by Griffiths Rankin Cook Architects with structural engineers Adjelian Allen Rubeli Ltd. was chosen as the outstanding steel structure in the Architectural Category, with an honourable mention going to the Federal Food Quality program Facility in Guelph by Scott Morris Architects Inc. with Halsall Associates Limited as structural consultants. An honourable mention in the engineering category went to St. Michael’s Victoria Wing addition, Toronto with Carruthers & Wallace Limited as structural engineers and A.J. Diamond, Donald Schmitt & Company and Farrugia Associates Incorporated Architects.

2001 Manitoba Wood Design Awards.

Sponsored by the Canadian Wood Council, the 2001 Manitoba Wood Design Awards consisted of one Award of Honour and three Certificates of Merit. The Alloway Reception Centre, Fort Whyte Centre, Winnipeg by Syverson Monteyne Architecture received the Award of Honour. The Thompson Residence, Winnipeg by Prairie Architects Inc. received a Certificate of Merit, as did the Tritt Residence and the Penner Residence & Studio, both in Winnipeg, by David Penner Architect.

2001 Commerce Design Montreal.

Winners were announced last month in the 2001 Commerce Design Montreal Awards. In the restaurants, bars and cafs category, winners were Boris Bistro by Vaillancourt Associs Designers, Les Folies by Zbulon Perron, Presse Caf Pie IX by Alain Bauffe, Pub Unity and Restaurant Chez L’picier by Jean-Pierre Viau Design, and Restaurant Le Papayer by Khai Dao architecte. In the stores and boutiques category, winners were Bouquet Hanaya by Look Marketing, Boutique Mousseline by Jacques Bilodeau, designer d’intrieur and Guy Villemure, architecte, Fruits & Passion by Pierre-Richard Robitaille, In Beat by Gestion IDS, Les Hauts et Les Bas by LieuxDits, Librairie Gallimard by Sophie Charlebois, archtecte, Loblaw Angus by Le consortium Stphane D. Tremblay/Martin Morris Marcotte architectes, Omer DeSerres by Aedifica, Passion des Fruits by Pierre Duperr, Plat by Krief Design and Quincaillerie Architecturale Union by Annie Lacaille Designer. In the service establishments category, winners were Au Premier-Experts Cheveux by Guy-Philippe Blanger, Banque Nationale du Canada by Dupuis Le Tourneux architectes and H2O Laundromat et Cie by Bosses Design.

Phyllis Lambert earns Montblanc Award.

Phyllis Lambert, Founding Director and Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), received an Arts Patronage Award from the Montblanc Cultural Foundation in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the arts. The award includes a limited edition Montblanc fountain pen and a financial contribution of Euros 15,000 (approximately CDN$21,000) to the arts organization of her choice, which will be used to augment the CCA’s collection.

First Borromini Award.

Jean Nouvel has been selected to receive the first Borromini Award for Architecture. Finalists included Patrick Berger, Peter Eisenman, Herzog & de Meuron, Aimaro Isola, Toyo Ito, Imre Makovecz and Rafael Moneo. See


OAA supports Limitations Act 2001.

The Ontario government has announced The Limitations Act 2001, a revision of the original 1910 legislation. The revision will create a 15-year ultimate limitation period after which lawsuits cannot be commenced against architects. Environmental claims are excepted. In addition, the current “discovery period”–the period during which a claim can be commenced after its cause is, or ought to have been, discovered–has been reduced to two years from the previous six. The Ontario Association of Architects is supporting the new legislation, stating that it will “strike a more reasonable balance between the interests of the public and consumers, and those of practitioners.” The Ontario legislation follows similar reforms instituted in Newfoundland and Alberta.

Honorary Fellowship for Mackay-Lyons.

Halifax architect Brian MacKay-Lyons has been named an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows. The honour is granted to distinguished architects who are not American citizens. The AIA recognized MacKay-Lyons for “creative buildings characterized by their honesty, elegance, innovation and propriety, inspired by the vernacular structures of his native Nova Scotia” in a ceremony last month at the 2001 AIA National Convention and Expo in Denver, Colorado.

New building sciences program.

The University of Toronto is offering a new Building Science Certificate program. The program overlaps many traditional disciplines including structural, mechanical and environmental engineer
ing, architecture, material science, public health, construction, and interior design. For more information visit


In a news story in the April 2001 issue, Lethbridge City Hall was credited to Horton Ferrari Westwood Architects. The credit should have read Horton Ferrari Matthew Westwood Architects. Joe Matthew joined the consortium for the City Hall project and has since returned to his own Lethbridge practice.