OAA announces three additional winners at Niagara Falls Conference

The biennial Celebration of Excellence was hosted by the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) on May 23, 2024.

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) recently hosted its biennial Celebration of Excellence on Thursday, May 23, at the Niagara Falls Convention Centre, as part of its annual conference. Three new winners were revealed in addition to previously announced awards.

DIALOG Ontario Inc. in collaboration with Smoke Architecture received the People’s Choice Award for the Centennial College A-Building Expansion in Toronto, which was selected by members of the public as their favourite among the Design Excellence winners during a two-week online voting period. This expansion integrates Indigenous teachings with sustainability, making it the first LEED Gold, zero-carbon, WELL-certified mass timber facility in Canada.

Centennial College A-Building Expansion (Toronto, Ontario) by DIALOG Ontario Inc. in collaboration with Smoke Architecture. Photo credit: James Brittain

The Michael V. and Wanda Plachta Award was presented to MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) in association with Raimondo + Associates Architects Inc. for the Neil Campbell Rowing Centre in St. Catharines. This award celebrates architectural excellence in Ontario projects costing no more than $8 million. Located on Henley Island, the building serves as a year-round athletics hub, blending innovative “glass house” design with zero-carbon emissions and net-zero energy standards.

Neil Campbell Rowing Centre (St. Catherines, Ontario) by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, Ltd. (MJMA) in association with Raimondo + Associates Architects Inc. Photo credit: Scott Norsworthy

MJMA was also honoured with the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Design Excellence in Architecture for the Churchill Meadows Community Centre and Sports Park in Mississauga. This 50-acre project was transformed into a parkland with a 74,000-square-foot community centre featuring mass timber, and serves as a hub for leisure, recreation, and community engagement. This biennial award recognizes the best completed project constructed in Ontario within the past six years.

Churchill Meadows Community Centre and Sports Park (Mississauga, Ontario) by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, Ltd. (MJMA) Photo credit: Scott Norsworthy

Earlier that day, more OAA Award winners were celebrated at a Recognition Lunch. Architect Deborah Wang, curator and artistic director of the DesignTO Festival, received the Medal of Service for her contributions to the profession and the public through promotion, advocacy, and education. Ottawa architect Barry J. Hobin, was awarded the Lifetime Design Achievement for his half-century commitment to design excellence, workplace equity, creative collaboration, and social responsibility. Toronto’s Lanescape Architecture Inc. was also honoured as the Best Emerging Practice.

A.J. Diamond, Raymond Moriyama, and Adrienne Tam were added to the Honour Roll, recognizing prominent deceased members of the architectural profession.