The Winners

West Coast Middle School

The B+H group is a full-service architecture and design firm recognized for the delivery of sustainable and technically complex projects which range from medium to large scale. B+H Bunting Coady Architects is an innovative architectural practice with a reputation for creating high-performance buildings and is the B+H global centre of excellence in the development of sustainable projects. The firm creates “living, breathing buildings” through a holistic design process, which results in the creation of healthy environments that balance ecological concerns and which strive to produce buildings in the most responsible manner possible. Each project carefully considers its environmental, economic and social impact with the intent of creating better buildings and enriching our communities, which ultimately help build better cities.

Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan

The association of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) with Smith Carter Architects + Engineers Incorporated (SCAE) for the Art Gallery of Saskatchewan (AGS) continues a successful history of collaboration producing award-winning architecture. This includes Manitoba Hydro Plaace and the Canadian Embassy in Berlin (a joint venture of KPMB, Gagnon Letellier Cyr architectes, and SCAE). The team for the AGS includes Transsolar Engineering with whom KPMB and SCAE worked as an integrated design team on Manitoba Hydro Place. In August 2011, SCAE/KPMB/Transsolar was one of ten invited international firms who submitted a design competition scheme for the new headquarters for ENI, Italy’s major energy provider and the sixth-largest in the world. KPMB is one of Canada’s premier architectural practices, and their work has been recognized by the highest honours in the field of architecture, including 11 Governor General’s Awards. The AGS is KPMB’s 11th Canadian Architect Award of Excellence. KPMB played a leading role in Toronto’s Cultural Renaissance, with six projects including Canada’s National Ballet School, the Royal Conservatory, and the Toronto International Film Festival Lightbox. In addition to the AGS, current clients include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Princeton University, and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Established in 1947, SCAE is one of Canada’s leading integrated design practices. Through its offices located in Winnipeg, Calgary, Ottawa, Atlanta and Washington, SCAE works with clients from government, institutional and private-sector organizations across Canada and around the world. Collaboration has facilitated innovation at the firm, and areas of expertise range across all types of complex projects with specialties in the design of health-care and research environments. Of particular importance to the firm are projects that support the vital urban fabric of the communities in which they are located, including the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Manitoba Hydro Place, University College of the North, and the Art Gallery of Saskatchewan. 

Fort York National Historic Site Visitor Centre

Based in Vancouver, Patkau Architects seek to explore the full richness and diversity of architectural practice, understanding it as a critical cultural act that engages our most fundamental desires and aspirations. They refuse singular definitions of architecture: as art, as technology, as social service, as environmental agent, as political statement. Instead, they embrace all these definitions, together, as part of the rich, complex and vital discipline that they believe architecture to be. In over 30 years of practice, both in Canada and in the United States, the firm has been responsible for the design of a wide variety of building types for a diverse range of clients. Current work includes the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music and the School of Art at the University of Manitoba, the Goldring Centre for High-Performance Sport at the University of Toronto, a series of cottages at Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, as well as a variety of residential projects in diverse locations ranging from a northern island off the coast of British Columbia to a farm in Ad’Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Patkau Architects is recognized internationally for design excellence, and has received 12 Governor General’s Awards, four Progressive Architecture Awards, and 16 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence. Established in 1984, Kearns Mancini Architects Inc. is a progressive and innovative design firm with a strong commitment to serving client and user needs. They are very closely attuned to their clients’ requirements, respecting their social and cultural aspirations, and they are particularly conscious of the need for sustainable, contextual design that respects the environment. KMA has been honoured with numerous awards for excellence in architectural design from the Ontario Association of Architects, Canadian Architect magazine, and the City of Toronto. KMA buildings have been featured in many public exhibitions and in numerous publications, both in Canada and internationally. In 2009, the firm won OAA awards for the George Brown College Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts and Ireland Park. The firm is well known for its public and community buildings which address personal, social and life skills development, rehabilitation and wellness. One of its larger projects in recent years, within a consortium of architects, was the design of the new campus for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in downtown Toronto. At present, KMA’s institutional and educational work includes the University of Waterloo’s Student Health Clinic addition, and the new Micro Satellite Technology Centre and the redesign of the main campus entrances at the University of Toronto. 


gh3 was founded in 2006 by Pat Hanson and Diana Gerrard, each with over 30 years of experience in their respective careers. The firm designs in the complex realm where architecture, urbanism and landscape overlap. With a Modernist’s eye to order and beauty, and an environmentalist’s awareness of sustainability and long-term thinking, their studio-based practice brings together expertise in architecture, landscape, urban design and ecology. They believe that the full spectrum of the built environment should benefit from thoughtful design, and approach every design problem with a context-specific approach supported by technical research that uses site and architecture to make inspiring and beautiful places to live, work and play. The firm has quickly established itself as one of Canada’s most innovative integrated design practices, having garnered 12 major awards, including a 2010 Governor General’s Medal. 

Ryerson Student Learning Centre

Zeidler Partnership Architects (ZPA) has had overlapping partners continuously since it was first formed in 1880 in Peterborough, Ontario; the Toronto office opened in 1955. Senior partners today are Alan Munn, Tarek El-Khatib and Vaidila Banelis plus six others. Worldwide, ZPA has some 220 professional and support staff members. The Toronto office is headquarters for the firm with 10 other offices in Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, West Palm Beach, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Abu Dhabi, Berlin and London. ZPA’s projects cover virtually the entire range of architectural, urban and interior design, and the scale of projects varies from large mixed-use complexes to small residences and offices. The firm’s major body of work is located in Canada and the United States, but it has also, over the past 25 years, developed a significant international presence in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. SNØHETTA formed as an architecture, landscape and interiors collaborative in 1989 when its members designed the competition-winning entry for the Alexandria Library in Egypt. Since then, SNØHETTA opened an office in Oslo, Norway, and its two founding members established an office in New York City after winning the commi
ssion to design a new museum at the World Trade Center site in 2004. The collaborative and multi-national character of the office has allowed it to work in a wide range of cultural contexts from Asia to Africa, Europe and the Americas. Recently having completed the new National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, SNØHETTA has gained a number of other prominent projects including the new King Abdulaziz Center for Culture in Saudi Arabia, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Ryerson Learning Centre in Toronto, the redesign of Times Square in New York, and the expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 

Abbey Gardens

Williamson Chong Architects is the architecture and design office of Betsy Williamson, Shane Williamson and Donald Chong. The partnership emerged out of their collective interest in architectural craft as expressed through the synthesis of new technology with traditional methods of construction. They view projects as opportunities to explore the intricate relationship between site, program and materiality, creating well-detailed modern environments that shape positive and engaging experiences. From institutional projects and urban design strategies to residential architecture and furnishings, the office aims to create tailored solutions for each client. The work of Williamson Chong has been recognized with numerous awards for design innovation and excellence from the Ontario Association of Architects, the City of Toronto, the Design Exchange and the North American Wood Council. The partners have been recognized for their innovation in the field with the Ronald Thom Award for Early Design Achievement from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Young Architect’s Prize from the Architectural League of New York, a selection to Dwell magazine’s 100 Houses We Love, and a nomination to the Marcus Prize for Architecture. 

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences/CDRD

Founded in 1988 by Gilles Saucier and André Perrotte, Saucier + Perrotte architectes is a multidisciplinary practice internationally renowned for its institutional, cultural and residential projects. The firm represented Canada at the prestigious Architecture Biennale of Venice in 2004, and has been honoured with numerous awards, including seven Governor General’s Medals and Awards in Architecture and two International Architecture Awards (presented by the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies). Saucier + Perrotte’s highly acclaimed buildings have been published the world over, reflecting the office’s status as one of Canada’s premier design firms. While continuing to add to its significant body of built work in Canada, the firm is expanding its international portfolio of work in Japan, China, the Middle East and Africa. In 2009, Saucier + Perrotte received the RAIC Award of Excellence for Best Architectural Firm in Canada. The firm believes that the architectural process can touch all aspects of design intervention–from master planning and redevelopment to single-family homes, from sustainably designed dwelling complexes to museums and theatres, from interiors to object design. Since its inception, Saucier + Perrotte has integrally linked its architecture to geology and the landscape, stressing the physical and symbolic importance of the site and reflecting the firm’s understanding of architecture’s role in shaping the contemporary city and the rural landscape. Hughes Condon Marler Architects (HCMA) is a team of 45 people with a passion for sustainable, integrated and innovative architecture. With offices in Vancouver and Victoria, the firm is a collaborative practice where the four principals–Roger Hughes, Darryl Condon, Karen Marler and Stuart Rothnie–and nine associates take a truly hands-on approach and work closely alongside all staff members. HCMA’s open studio environment facilitates dialogue and problem-solving among senior architects, project work groups, and industry experts and specialists. Since the founding of the predecessor firm in 1976, HCMA has worked with a wide range of clients on many projects including civic/public structures, educational and health-care institutions, mixed-use and residential developments, offices and recreation facilities. HCMA has developed an extensive knowledge of LEED and the application of this rating system to a variety of different building types.

Two Hulls House

Halifax-based MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects is a practice that works locally and internationally on cultural, academic and residential projects, providing full architectural and interior design services. There are two partners–Brian MacKay-Lyons and Talbot Sweetapple–and one senior associate–Melanie Hayne. In over 30 years of work, the practice has built an international reputation for design excellence confirmed by over 90 awards, including five Governor General’s Medals and the American Institute of Architects Honor Award. In addition, the firm’s work has been featured internationally in over 300 publications and 100 exhibitions. Both partners are active in architectural education: MacKay-Lyons has been a full professor and faculty member at Dalhousie University for 30 years, and Sweetapple is also an adjunct professor, with 14 years of teaching under his belt. Together, they have held 18 endowed academic chairs and visiting professorships at leading universities worldwide, such as the Peter Behrens School of Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis, and Harvard University. They have also given over 200 public lectures on their work worldwide.

Environmental Learning Centre

McFarland Marceau Architects Ltd. (MMA) is an established Vancouver-based architectural practice specializing in the programming, planning, and full architectural services of community-based, educational, recreational and institutional projects. Together, partners Larry McFarland and Marie-Odile Marceau offer over 45 years of architectural practice along with an extensive portfolio of buildings, including over 50 community-based and First Nations projects, all delivered with particular attention to client needs, scope, schedule and budget. The firm is committed to environmentally responsible building design, incorporating sustainability concepts within each project. They have extensive experience with LEED, including designing the first Platinum-certified building in Canada–the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve Operations Centre in Sidney, BC. The office has been recognized with a wide range of awards and honours including a Governor General’s Award in 1994 for the University of British Columbia First Nation House of Learning, a Holcim Award in 2008 for the North Vancouver Outdoor School Environmental Learning Centre in Squamish, BC, and most recently, a Canadian Green Building Award for the Deep Bay Field Station–Vancouver Island University’s Centre for Shellfish Research. MMA currently employs a staff of 11, which includes registered architects, intern architects, experienced architectural technicians, and architectural support staff. Collaboration and design excellence are at the forefront of their approach, and they strive to produce buildings that are sensitive to local site conditions and to the global environment while responding to the demands for functionality, flexibility and practicality.

Castle Downs Park Pavilion

gh3 was founded in 2006 by Pat Hanson and Diana Gerrard, each with over 30 years of experience in their respective careers. The firm designs in the complex realm where architecture, urbanism and landscape overlap. With a Modernist’s eye to order and beauty, and an environmentalist’s awareness of sustainability and long-term thinking, their studio-based practice brings together expertise in architecture, landscape, urban design and ecology. They believe that the full spectrum of the built environment should benefit from thoughtful design, and approach every design problem with a context-specific approa
ch supported by technical research that uses site and architecture to make inspiring and beautiful places to live, work and play. The firm has quickly established itself as one of Canada’s most innovative integrated design practices, having garnered 12 major awards, including a 2010 Governor General’s Medal. 

Bond Tower

5468796 Architecture Inc. is a Winnipeg-based studio, established in 2007. 

Saint Matthew’s Parish Church of Puvirnituq

Architect Marc Blouin has founded an innovative Quebec firm that stretches beyond typical boundaries to encourage an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. Based on the rigorous contextual analysis of each project, the firm’s broad approach promotes collaboration and establishes an atmosphere of constructive dialogue and mutual exchange. The firm’s steadfast belief in sustainable design forming the heart of every project affects every stage and scale of intervention. Marc Blouin was the architect in charge of the multidisciplinary team involved in the TOHU project at La Cité des Arts du Cirque in Montreal, a building whose positive impact on the community has been widely recognized and celebrated. For many years, Blouin has been involved in various northern communities and has contributed to northern cultural expression and economic development. The firm has gained in-depth knowledge through these experiences, and has developed an acute awareness of the challenging realities of northern life through the successful completion of several projects in the Nunavik territory. These projects include the design of cooperative hotels, offices, stores, social housing and public buildings in a number of villages in Nunavik, where the firm eagerly explored new construction approaches adapted to this specific geographical context.

Reinhabiting a Lost Landscape–Farming Fish

John Duerksen is a recent graduate of the Master of Architecture program at the University of Manitoba, and also holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the same faculty. Throughout his studies, Duerksen has acquired an interest in adaptable and performative architecture, which was emulated in his final thesis. He lives in Steinbach, 60 kilometres south of Winnipeg, and has spent much of his life in the lake country of both Manitoba and Ontario. Consequently, the rural setting has become a desired canvas on which he hopes to study the sensitive and reactive characteristics of architecture. Duerksen is currently interning at PSA Studio in Winnipeg.

LIFT House

Prithula Prosun received her Honours Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree in 2008, and her Master of Architecture with Distinction in 2011 from the University of Waterloo. She is a LEED-accredited professional working as an intern architect at CS&P Architects Inc. in Toronto. Prosun received the ECOPOLIS Design Award and Research Grant for the research and development of the LIFT House in 2009, the ARCC/King Student Medal in 2010, and a NSERC Innovation Challenge Award in 2011. Her work has been featured in numerous publications worldwide, including the upcoming book Design Like You Give a Damn 2 by Architecture for Humanity and Housing Solutions for a Rapidly Changing World by Bridgette Meinhold.