The Ordre des Architectes du Qubec unveils the finalists for the Architecture Awards of Excellence

On January 18, 2007, the Quebec Order of Architects (OAQ) revealed the 30 finalists in the 24th edition of the Architecture Awards of Excellence. From the 94 projects entered, 30 have been chosen as finalists in 12 categories. On June 7, 2007, the OAQ will announce the winning projects, the architects and their clients who will be proclaimed winners by the jury in each category and the People’s Choice and Children’s Choice Award.

Between February 1 and April 30, 2007, the public is invited to vote for their favourite project on the Order of architects (OAQ) website at in the Prix d’excellence en architecture section. This electronic ballot box will allow surfers from around the world to decide on the People’s Choice Award from among the 30 finalists. For those who want to find out more, the OAQ has planned presentations of the nominated projects, hosted by the architects themselves. These presentation meetings, entitled Architectural Marathons, will take place on March 1, 2007 at 4:00pm at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, and on April 5, 2007 at 4:00pm in Quebec City (location to be determined). There is no entry fee, but you must reserve a place by registering on the OAQ’s website.

The jury for the Architecture Awards of Excellence 2006-2007, chaired by Mexican architect Bernardo Gmez-Pimienta, founder of the BGP Arquitectura firm, is made up of Dinu Bumbaru, policy director at Hritage Montral and Secretary General of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS); Suzanne Bergeron, Quebec architect; Franois Sguin, stage designer (representing the public); Isabelle La Fontaine, architect and head of the buildings department of the University of Sherbrooke.

Jury members were unanimous in their opinions about the choice of finalists. Gmez-Pimienta was emphatic that, “I very much enjoyed the honour of participating as chair of the jury for the Architecture Awards of Excellence of the Quebec Order of Architects. The selection process was sometimes difficult given the high quality of the entrants. In all cases, we were unanimous in our choice of finalists and winners.” The jury chair also stated that the jury valued the overall quality of the projects submitted, which was expressed through the diversity of architectural models and imagination and the care taken in completing all the projects. “It should not be forgotten that, behind all good projects, there is a good architect and a good client! The projects we have just seen attest to the fact that Quebec architecture is in the best of health. It also means that we must always be more critical and rigorous when looking at Quebec architecture,” Gmez-Pimienta concluded.

Finalists in the various categories are as follows:

CCIT_Communication, Culture and Information Technology Building (Mississauga, Ontario)
Saucier + Perrotte Architectes
Centre des Femmes de Montral
Nomade Lauzon Pelland, Architectes
New building of the Faculty of Music at McGill University (Montreal)
Saucier + Perrotte Architectes | Menks Shooner Dagenais, Architectes
Poste Frontalier d’Armstrong (Chaudire-Appalaches)
St-Gelais Montminy + Associs, Architectes | Les Architectes Bernard et Cloutier

Bibliothque Jean-Gosselin et locaux culturels du quartier Charny (Chaudire-Appalaches)
Anne Carrier Architectes
Centre communautaire Intergnrationnel d’Outremont (Montreal)
Cardin, Ramirez et Associs, Architectes
Thtre du Vieux-Terrebonne (Lanaudire)
Atelier TAG – Manon Asselin, Architecte | Jodoin Lamarre Pratte et Associs, Architectes

Pavillon Gene H. Kruger de l’Universit Laval (Quebec City)
Gauthier, Galienne, Moisan, Architectes

Adonis (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Montreal)
Boutros et Pratte, Architectes
Le Casse-tte (Montreal)
Rayside Architecte
Sige Social Hagen (Montreal)
Rubin, Rotman, Architectes

Interior Design
McCarthy, Ttreault (Montreal)
Lemay Associs
Nolin / BBDO Montral
Daoust Lestage Inc. Architecture, Design Urbain
Rsidence Lalancette-Ruel (Quebec City)
Annie Lalancette, Architecte, and Nelson Ruel, Architecte

Single-Family Residential
Chalet du Chemin Brochu (Estrie)
Pierre Morency, Architecte
Le chteau de cartes (Estrie)
YH2 Yiacouvakis Hamelin, Architectes
Maison St-Henri (Montreal)
Nadejda Topouzanov Architecte and Vladimir Topouzanov Architecte
Rsidence Les Abouts (Centre du Qubec)
Pierre Thibault, Architecte

Multi-Unit Residential
Cooprative d’habitation Au-Pied-du-Courant (Montreal)
Brire, Gilbert + Associs, Architectes
Les Jardins du Y des Femmes (Montreal)
Atelier Big City Randy Cohen, Anne Cormier and Howard Davies, Architectes
Loft Redpath Phases II et III (Montreal)
Cardinal Hardy et Associs, Architectes

Urban Design
Amnagements bordant le chemin de la Cte-Des-Neiges (Montreal)
Schme Peter Soland, Architecte
Passerelle de la Rivire St-Charles (Quebec City)
Croft, Pelletier, Architectes

Architectural Recycling/Conversion
Bureau de Qubec de ABCP Architecture et Urbanisme (Montreal)
ABCP Architecture et Urbanisme
Maison de la Culture Maisonneuve (Montreal)
FABG Les Architectes Faucher Aubertin Brodeur Gauthier

Heritage Conservation/Restoration
Cour d’appel du Qubec (Montreal)
Lemay Associs
Pavillon du Lac-aux-Castors restauration (Montreal)
Ral Paul, Architecte | Pierina Saia, Architecte

Prix Marcel-Parizeau: Projects with a total cost of less than $150,000
Chalet du chemin Brochu (Estrie)
Pierre Morency, Architecte
Rsidence de l’avenue Laval (Montreal)
Blouin, Tardif, Architectes
Rsidence Lalancette-Ruel (Quebec City)
Annie Lalancette, Architecte, and Nelson Ruel, Architecte

Honourable Mention in Sustainable Development
Camp Musical CAMMAC reconstruction (Laurentides)
Box architectures Patricia Sarrazin-Sullivan, Architecte | Bosses Design Donald Potvin, Architecte
Pavillons Lassonde de l’cole polytechnique de Montral (Montreal)
Saia Barbarese Topouzanov | Desnoyers Mercure et Associs, Architectes |Menks Shooner Dagenais Letourneux, Architectes
Poste frontalier d’Armstrong (Chaudire-Appalaches)
St-Gelais, Montminy + Associs, Architectes | Les Architectes Bernard et Cloutier
Sige social Hagen (Montreal)
Rubin, Rotman, Architectes