RAIC announces recipient of the 2021 Architectural Firm Award

Jurors highlighted MGA | Michael Green Architecture's passion for innovation and sustainability through its leading-edge mass timber buildings.

The RAIC has announced MGA | Michael Green Architecture as the recipient of the RAIC 2021 Architectural Firm Award. The Award recognizes the achievements of a firm for its quality of architecture, service to clients, and innovations in practice. It also takes into account the firm’s contribution to architectural education and professional organizations, as well as public recognition.

Oregon State University Forest Science Complex – Peavy Hall
Photo credit: Josh Partee

Honoured with four Governor General’s Medals for Architecture and two RAIC Awards for Architectural Innovation, MGA | Michael Green Architecture is recognized for their sustainable architecture and developing carbon-neutral buildings with advanced wood construction.

Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon – Exterior
Photo credit: Ed White

The firm was founded in 2012 by Michael Green, who is known for his research, leadership, and expertise in the tall wood movement and building with timber products. Green’s work in mass timber construction is evident in both the firm’s practice and in academic theory, with Green authoring ‘The Case for Tall Wood Buildings’ and popularizing the phrase ‘mass timber.’ Michael continued to share his passion for the environment and the case for building with wood through his 2013 TED Talk, Why We Should Build Wooden Skyscrapers.

The Dock Building – Exterior Dusk View
Photo credit: Ema Peter

In 2018, Natalie Telewiak became a Principal at MGA. With an education in architecture and engineering, Natalie brings an approach rooted in material logic. Together, Michael and Natalie run MGA from the office in Vancouver, British Columbia.

North Vancouver City Hall – Exterior
Photo credit: Martin Tessler

“MGA | Michael Green Architecture deserves recognition as a leading architectural firm because of their ability to consistently deliver leading-edge timber buildings, carefully designed to a high degree of aesthetics and performance. This firm shows its passion for innovation and sustainability through its many finely crafted wood buildings— and displays its commitment to education through the design-built studio held every year to expose young architects to the design and construction of actual structures,” says the jury.

The Jury for the 2021 Architectural Firm Award: 

Susan Ruptash, FRAIC
BDP Quadrangle
Toronto, ON  

André Perrotte, FIRAC
Saucier+Perrotte Architectes
Montreal, QC   

Drew Adams, MRAIC
LGA Architectural Partners Ltd.
Toronto, ON    

Marie-Odile Marceau, FIRAC
McFarland Marceau Architects Ltd.
Vancouver, BC  

Susan Fitzgerald, FRAIC
Fowler Bauld & Mitchell Ltd.
Halifax, NS