Paul Raff Studio awarded the Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement

Paul Raff Studio has been awarded the Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement for a decade of building experiments in sustainable architecture. The $10,000 Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement is given by the Canada Council for the Arts every two years to a candidate in the early stages of his or her career who demonstrates outstanding talent or potential in architectural design and a sensitivity to architecture’s allied arts, crafts and professions, including landscape, interior and furniture design, and decorative and graphic arts.

This prize acknowledges the Paul Raff Studio practice, which is devoted to creating lyrical and evocative relationships between people and place. Renowned for imaginatively deploying low-cost, locally sourced materials, Raff plays with the energy of the sun, and in doing so, creates meaningful and ecologically sound designs throughout Canada and abroad. In addition to designing buildings, his firm collaborates with other architects, designers, and artists on the design of public and architecturally integrated artworks that push the limits of, and contribute to the field of architecture.

Founding principal Paul Raff spent his childhood primarily in Quebec and Saskatchewan, to which he attributes his interest in landscape and atmosphere. He first began his practice as an artist exploring the effects of the physical environment on one’s experience of inhabitable space. Now based in Toronto, Paul Raff Studio assists clients to create projects where art becomes life. Projects include residential, cultural, and commercial architecture, multi-media and public art, private gardens and special features. They are well known for projects such as the multi-award-winning Cascade House, a family residence that unites environmental sustainability with artistic beauty. Paul Raff Studio has been published internationally, and has been the subject of three television documentaries. They have won numerous awards such as two Allied Arts Awards for lifetime achievement, one from the Ontario Association of Architects, and the other from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

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