The Winners

Atelier TAG and Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architectes

Atelier TAG (technique+architecture+graphisme) is an architectural collaborative founded in Montreal in 1997 by Manon Asselin and Katsuhiro Yamazaki. The practice emerged through the fertile ground of Quebec’s architectural competition system for public buildings. The work of atelier TAG explores the material realm of architecture as an experiential field that engages, at a fundamental level, the consciousness of the body in space, and space grounded in a particular place. Established in 1958, Jodoin Lamarre Pratte et associs architectes has acquired a reputation for excellence in all aspects of construction and design, pursuing the approach to quality established by its founding partners. The firm has been involved in the realization of numerous award-winning projects including the Longueuil Campus of the University of Sherbrooke, the Salle de spectacle Desjardins and the Thtre du Vieux-Terrebonne, two projects that have previously won a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence.

architectsAlliance and Maclennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

architectsAlliance (aA) supports a scope of practice that is intentionally broad, encompassing both individual houses and institutional buildings, large-scale mixed-use developments and new urban precincts with a diverse client base that includes public sector and international agencies, academic and institutional clients, and the private sector across Canada, the US, Western Europe and the Middle East. With a staff of 60 architects, designers, planners and technologists, aA offers architecture, planning, urban design and landscape architecture to clients in Canada, the US and overseas. Maclennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) is Canada’s leading specialist designers of civic community sports and recreation architecture. MJMA is unique in its clear focus on this type of building design, developing new forms of architecture that combine diverse public programs such as education, athletics and sport into vibrant civic ensembles. Their approach emphasizes community along with operator and user participation in the programming and design process. MJMA has been awarded 44 national design awards for community projects including the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture.

Rounthwaite Dick and Hadley Architects Inc.

Rounthwaite Dick and Hadley Architects Inc. is a consulting firm specializing in corporate, community and institutional architecture. One of the oldest firms in Canada, RDH has an extensive body of work stretching over an 89-year period. Throughout this time, RDH has been responsible for unique and complex building projects in Canada and abroad. The firm has become known for offering an engaging design process striving for architecture which balances technical innovation with sophisticated design solutions. Recent projects, including the Bloor Gladstone Library, the School of Optometry at the University of Waterloo, the Hamilton Library and Farmers’ Market Expansion and Renovation, the First Leaside Securities Head Office, and Canadian Chanceries in Abuja, Nigeria and Dhaka, Bangladesh, exemplify RDH’s emergence as one of the Ontario’s design leaders.

The Arcop Group

The Arcop Group is an international architectural practice with offices located in Montreal, Toronto, and New Delhi, India. Arcop has maintained an architectural practice in constant evolution for over five decades and has built a solid reputation for the quality, scope and a variety of important projects executed in architecture, interior design and urban design in Canada, the United States, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Since its inception in the late 1950s, Arcop has focused on the pursuit of quality throughout the entire design process by means of a thorough analysis of the complex issues that influence the design process. Arcop is an advocate of a truly meaningful architecture, one where an appropriate response to human, historical, cultural, social and economic requirements is created and one that contributes to the improvement of our quality of life.

5468796 Architecture Inc.

5468796 Architecture Inc. is a Winnipeg architecture studio with a diverse range of interests and design expertise. The firm was established in 2007 to challenge convention at all scales, from branding, architecture and design, to detailing and engineering systems.

D’Arcy Jones Design

Vancouver-based D’Arcy Jones Design was established in 1999. With every new project, their intention is to begin with the familiar, then subtly transform it into something new. They aim to produce thoughtful, original buildings of quiet composition that endure. Their evolving language of contrasts between the rustic, rudimentary and sculptural versus the minimal, transparent and nuanced–is carefully articulated through the inventive use of common materials. Their work includes new buildings, renovations, landscapes and interiors throughout British Columbia and Canada. D’Arcy Jones Design’s award-winning work has been featured nationally and internationally in books, magazines, newspapers, exhibitions and motion pictures, including Hauser, Metropolitan Home, Canadian Architect, The Globe & Mail, Western Living and Decors (Belgium). The practice’s work was recently featured in the Twenty + Change 02 exhibition, which showcased emerging designers from across Canada. Most recently, D’Arcy Jones Design’s work was included in FAB 40: Canada in Wallpaper*.

The Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative

The Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative is a research-based critical practice. The work in the studio is focused on the design opportunities that lie at the confluence of different disciplines, seeking a density of meaning that can only be achieved through the synthesis of art, architecture, urban design and landscape architecture. The resultant design portfolio has received numerous international and national awards for architecture and public space design and has been internationally published and exhibited. Recent work includes the redevelopment of Eau Claire Plaza, one of Calgary’s premier public spaces; the revitalization of Calgary’s river pathway system through a series of plazas and nodes; the restoration of the historic Calgary Public Building; the Calgary Centre for Global Community; the National Mountain Centre; and The Roadshow: Architectural Landscapes of Canada.

Saucier + Perrotte architectes

Founded in 1988 by Gilles Saucier and Andr Perrotte, Saucier + Perrotte architectes has become 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 five Governor General’s Medals in Architecture and an International Architecture Award. 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 body of significant built work in Quebec and Ontario, the firm is also currently working in Alberta and Malaysia, adding to their international portfolio of work in Japan, China and the Middle East. Saucier + Perrotte recently received the 2009 RAIC Award of Excellence for Best Architectural Firm in Canada.

Teeple Architects Inc.

From its inception in 1989, Teeple Architects Inc. has built a reputation for innovative design and exc
eptional service. The firm established this reputation through a broad range of institutional, commercial and residential projects including community and recreation centres, libraries, schools and university buildings. The goal of Teeple Architects is to create original design projects in which the architectural concept is intimately linked to the day-to-day use and inhabitation of the building. An ability to respond creatively to the dictates of site, context, budget and client requirements has characterized the work of the office. In this era of specialization, the firm believes in the continuing value of the general architectural practice. To this end, the firm has pursued work in the commercial, institutional and residential fields, ranging in scope from broad planning, major institutional projects and urban design studies to highly detailed interiors. Pioneers in sustainable architectural practices, Teeple Architects has consistently been mindful of the impact of new construction on the surrounding environment by embracing the recycling of building materials, adaptive reuse, and environmentally sensitive site planning. The current work of the office employs the latest technology in passive solar design, indigenous materials, geothermal energy, enhanced air quality, energy and water efficiency, and sustainable landscape design.

Cardin Ramirez Julien Architects and difica

The firm Cardin Ramirez Julien Architects was founded in Montreal in 1992 by Pierre Cardin and Oscar Ramirez, and Jean-Franois Julien joined in as a partner in 2003. Over the years, the firm has realized numerous projects of various scales, in several fields of architectural design: commercial, institutional, residential, office space and heritage restoration. The team, which includes several LEED-accredited professionals, heavily focuses on material research and construction methods to offer optimum solutions for sustainable development. In addition to the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium in Montreal featured in this issue, the firm distinguished itself in 2007 with its design for the Community Centre of Outremont, a finalist in the Quebec Order of Architects Awards of Excellence. difica is a Montreal-based architectural firm offering integrated services leveraging the complementary expertise of architecture, sustainable design, interior design and engineering. The firm, with over 100 professionals, has been present in the North American market for nearly 30 years. difica’s expertise is comprised of eight key disciplines: architecture, corporate interiors, retail design, retail rollout, engineering, sustainable design, urban design and communication. Over the years, the firm has received nearly 100 design awards, including the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture for the Consortium difica & Lapointe Magne for the upgrade of the ITHQ (Institute of Tourism and Hospitality of Quebec), an International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum for the Pierre Dansereau Science Complex by Saia Barbarese Topouzanov & difica (TPL), national recognition from the Canadian Design-Build Institute for the Expansion of the Montreal Convention Centre, and a RAIC Innovation in Architecture Award for the Angus Locoshop.

Bindya Lad

Bindya Lad is a recent graduate of the Master of Architecture program at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto. She also holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo. Previously, Bindya held positions in the Planning and Building Department at the City of Mississauga where she was responsible for preparing design policies to guide the physical development of the city. She is currently employed at the Toronto-based practice of Dubbeldam Design Architects, and is also the Secretary of the Toronto Society of Architects, whose mandate includes ensuring that architecture and design are key considerations in public discussions and in processes that have an impact on our environment. Born in the United Kingdom to East African-born parents, Bindya belongs to a South Asian family who immigrated to Canada in the early 1990s, settling in Mississauga. Her research interests range from issues in everyday urbanism to increasing the accessibility of architecture, to more recently, the regeneration of postwar suburban municipalities in the Greater Toronto Area through a reinvention of their strategic frameworks.

Eric Baczuk

Eric Baczuk was born in Calgary, where he received a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science from the University of Calgary in 2005. Looking to apply his interest in sustainability to the built environment, Eric began studies at Dalhousie University, where he received a Bachelor of Environmental Design in 2007 (with distinction) and in 2009, a Masters Degree in Architecture. While at Dalhousie, Eric conducted exploratory research on renewable energy infrastructure in Eastern Canada. His Masters thesis focused on deriving architectural program and typology for tidal in-stream energy conversion facilities in the Bay of Fundy. Professionally, Eric has worked in the London office of Foster + Partners, contributing to a host of large-scale projects in the United States, Canada, England and Mauritius. Eric has also volunteered his time and services to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort in Biloxi Mississippi (2007) and with Arup’s Druk White Lotus School in Ladakh, India (2009). He is currently working on postgraduate research at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where he is focusing on the development of building performance metrics for sustainable technologies.

Marianne Gaudreault-Charbonneau

Marianne Gaudreault-Charbonneau graduated with her Masters in Architecture in the spring of 2009 from the School of Architecture at Universit Laval in Quebec City. During her architectural studies, she spent her third year as an exchange student at the cole nationale suprieure d’architecture de Montpellier (ENSAM) in France. While at school, Marianne also devoted considerable amounts of time to design-build projects, graphic design and other extracurricular activities. Her final thesis project, Stenosis, has already been awarded several prizes, many of which recognize the project’s attitudes towards social issues and urbanism. Marianne is a member of the 2009 RAIC Student Honour Roll. Since graduation, she has been working in the Quebec City office of ABCP architecture + urbanisme.