OCAD Building honoured by the RIBA

The Sharp Centre for Design, otherwise known as the Ontario College of Art and Design – the new addition to Toronto’s art college – was one of six buildings honoured with the first ever Royal Institute of British Architects Worldwide Award on June 16th. The unique, hovering table-top structure designed by British architect Will Alsop in a joint venture with Toronto-based Robbie/Young +Wright Architects Inc., was described as “courageous, bold and just a little insane” by the RIBA judges.

“The RIBA awards are highly valued and widely recognized in the world of architecture and design,” said a spokesperson from Alsop’s office in London. “We take great pride in winning this prestigious award.”

The RIBA Worldwide Awards are for buildings outside the EU designed by a UK practice where at least one principal is an RIBA member. Unlike all other RIBA awards, these schemes are not visited but are judged by the RIBA Awards Group, with the expert advice of the Editor of The Architectural Review, Peter Davey. The RIBA Worldwide Awards are being presented for the first time this year.