Winners of Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence Announced

Canadian Architect magazine is proud to announce the winners of its 2019 Awards of Excellence. The annual awards honour design excellence for projects in the design and construction phases, as well as graduating student work.

The projects must be completed by architects residing in Canada, or by graduates of Canadian architecture schools living either in Canada or abroad. Awards are given for architectural design excellence. Jurors will consider the scheme’s response to the client’s program, site, geographic and/or urban context. They will evaluate its physical organization, form, composition, building systems, concept, process, structure, materials, environmental features and/or demonstration of social awareness.

This year’s program also included an architectural photography award.

The jury included Rami Bebawi of KANVA, Joe Lobko of DTAH and Cindy Wilson of LWPAC/Intelligent City. Photographer Ema Peter was an additional member of the jury for the photo awards only.

The winners are:

Awards of Excellence
ATTAbotics Headquarters / Modern Office of Design + Architecture

The wedge-like form derives from airport district regulations.

Honey Bee Research Centre / Moriyama & Teshima Architects

Beekeeping frames inspired the use of wood cells for the ceiling, walls and seating.

Academic Wood Tower / Patkau Architects + MJMA

The mass timber structure is showcased on the fully glazed north façade.

West Don Lands Block 8  / architectsAlliance and COBE Architects

Materials and detailing pick up on existing neighbourhood buildings, tying this development to its surroundings on Toronto’s formerly industrial waterfront.

John Deutsch University Centre Revitalization / HDR + MJMA

The addition provides new study and student-run retail spaces, while improving access to the existing student centre.

Awards of Merit
Clayton Reservoir / Local Practice Architecture + Design

The reservoir, which is nearly complete, has a sculptural presence that visually alludes to lakes and oceans.

IW09 / 5468796

The hybrid structure includes a cast-in-place commercial podium topped with cross-laminated timber residential floors. The building is wrapped in a wood diagrid.

Thunder Bay Art Gallery Waterfront Relocation Project / Patkau Architects and Brook McIlroy Architects in joint venture

On the upper floor, a generously sized hall accommodates large gathering.

Bellechasse Transport Centre / Lemay

The bus storage and maintenance facility is sunk underground, allowing a park to occupy the large site.

Student Awards of Excellence
Coding a Biophillic Core / Cameron Parkin, University of Waterloo

Two- and three-dimensional mapping is used to analyze the movement of birds through the city, and to locate interventions to facilitate their passage.

The Museum of Natural History to Ultima Thule / Brandon Eli John Bergem, University of Toronto

A workshop where exhibitions are constructed 
is a museum-within-a-museum, consolidating key imagery from the project in a single scene.

Listening to Climate Change / Josh Wallace, Carleton University

Field research for the project included recording the sounds of a glacier.

Free / Open Source City / Samuel Gendron Fortier, Université de Montréal

Exploratory models

From Matter to Place / Pierre-Olivier Demeule, Université Laval

The design for a tundra camp in Nunavik centres on local materials and know-how.

Photo Award of Excellence
Bahá’í Temple of South America

The winning photo by doublespace photography

Photo Awards of Merit
Ravine, Ontario Science Centre

The winning photo by James Brittain

Penthouse, 62M

The winning photo by James Brittain

Read the jury report here.

For the full presentation of award winners, view our December issue here.