Three Canadian firms among winners of NACIA program

Three Canadian firms are among the winners of this year's North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) program.

Three Canadian firms are among the 19 winners across Canada and the United States who received awards from the Copper Development Association (CDA) in the 16th annual edition of its North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) program.

The NACIA awards, which launched in 2008, celebrate design excellence, recognize quality craftsmanship, and highlight diverse uses of copper in architectural applications.

Winning projects of these awards illustrate the appeal of copper from the restoration of landmarks to new structures and custom-fabricated elements that showcase craftsmanship from contractors and installers across North America.

This year’s winning projects included the design of a new academic building in Denver, the restoration of a classic Stanford White building in the Bronx, and a renovation bringing accessibility to the historic University College in Toronto.

Below are the three Canadian winning projects.

In the category of Custom Fabrication, the winners included an inventive solution for accessibility at University College in Toronto, Ontario, designed by architects Kohn Shnier and ERA Architects, Inc., in association, featuring copper cladding by Cladco Limited.

Photo credit: Photo Doublespace

In the category of Restoration, the winners included re-roofing Dawson College Kindergarten in Montréal, Québec, led by TLA Architectes and contractor Toitures Trois Étoiles.

Photo credit: Marco Mandato and Kevin Angiers

This same category also included the revival of Saint-Hyacinthe Public Market in Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, led by Affleck de la Riva, architectes, with metal construction by Couverture Montréal Nord.

Photo credit: Affleck de la Riva architectes


“This year’s winners applied the beauty of copper to a wide variety of building types,” said Larry Peters, project manager at CDA.

“Copper fulfills an amazing variety of practical and aesthetic functions. The work of these architects and building professionals shows why copper’s adaptability sets the highest standard for sustainable roofs, cornices, cladding, wall systems, and decorative ornamentation.”