Ontario Association of Architects Reveals Design Excellence Awards Finalists
The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) has announced the 20 finalists for the OAA Design Excellence Awards. This year’s short-listed projects include public swimming pools, Ontario homes, sustainably designed education spaces, and well-crafted government projects.
Chosen by a jury of design and architecture experts, the selection of projects will be further refined into a list of 10 winners. The winners—as well as the recipients of the Best Emerging Practice, G. Randy Roberts Service Award, Lifetime Design Achievement, and Order of da Vinci—will be announced on Friday, April 3. The awards will be given out during the 2020 OAA Conference, “Shifting Paradigms,” which takes place in Toronto from May 27 to 29.
The biennial OAA Awards program offers Ontario architects an opportunity to present their work to the public and to a professional audience, demonstrating the excellence of both individual award winners and the profession as a whole.
This year, for the first time, the program required Energy Use Intensity (EUI) metrics for all submissions. This reflects the OAA’s belief that sustainable design is no longer a specialty, but rather a critical component of all projects as the architecture profession strives to find ways to ensure the built environment contributes to climate stability.
“I’m excited about the jury’s selections for this year’s 2020 Design Excellence Awards, and I am pleased to be able to finally share them with you today. These projects are exemplary of the outstanding work being done by Ontario architects,” says OAA President Kathleen Kurtin. “I was particularly happy to see the quality and innovation in this year’s finalists, given that it was the first time EUI was included as a mandatory requirement of the submission process. Climate stability is a priority for the Association, and these awards demonstrate that Design Excellence is not limited by building responsibly for the future, but rather enriched.”
Selected from 79 eligible submissions, the 20 finalists were judged on creativity, context, sustainability, good design/good business, and legacy.
The 2020 OAA Design Excellence Awards Finalists are:
Bostwick Community Centre, YMCA and London Public Library (London, Ont.)
MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd. in association with A+LINK Architecture Inc.
Borden Natural Park Natural Swimming Pool (Edmonton, Alta.)
Branksome Hall Athletics and Wellness Centre (Toronto, Ont.)
MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd.
The Brearley School (New York City, N.Y.)
The Commons, University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus (Kelowna, B.C.)
Moriyama & Teshima Architects with MQN Architecture & Interior Design
Essex Centre of Research (Windsor, Ont.)
Hariri Pontarini Architects
Gore Meadows Community Ice Rink & Events Pavilion (Brampton, Ont.)
ZAS Architects Inc.
Government of Canada Visitor Welcome Centre (Ottawa, Ont.)
IBI Group Architects (Canada) Inc. [Prime Consultant] and Moriyama & Teshima Architects (Canada) [Design Architect]
Holy Blossom Temple (Toronto, Ont.)
Diamond and Schmitt Architects Incorporated
Idea Exchange Old Post Office (Cambridge, Ont.)
Rounthwaite, Dick and Hadley Architects Inc.
Lazaridis Hall (Waterloo, Ont.)
Diamond and Schmitt Architects Incorporated in Association with David Thompson Architect Ltd.
River City Phase 3 (Toronto, Ont.)
Saucier + Perotte Architectes in joint venture with ZAS Architects
The Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building, Schulich School of Business (Toronto, Ont.)
Baird Sampson Neuert Architects Inc.
Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Semi Semi (Toronto, Ont.)
COMN Architects Inc.
Senate of Canada Building (Ottawa, Ont.)
Diamond and Schmitt Architects Incorporated and KWC Architects Inc. in Joint Venture
Trent University Student Centre (Peterborough, Ont.)
Teeple Architects Inc.
What Remains to be Seen (Toronto, Ont.)
Woodhouse (Singhampton, Ont.)
Wilson School of Design, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Richmond, B.C.)
KPMB Architects + Public: Architecture + Communication