Winners of the 2008 OAA Awards announced

One-hundred-and-sixty-two submissions were received and reviewed by three juries for the 2008 Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Awards, from which several award-winning projects illustrate the diversity, expertise and leadership within the profession today.

For the Design Excellence & Plachta Awards, the jury included jury chair Shirley Blumberg, partner of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects; Ian Chodikoff, editor of Canadian Architect magazine; Joshua Chaiken, senior associate principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; and Christina Zeidler, film and video artist and developer.

For the Concepts & Presentations & Allied Arts Awards, the jury was comprised of jury chair Rick Haldenby, director of the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo; Edward Burtynsky, photographer and artist; Alessandro Munge, managing partner, Munge Leung Design Associates; Kendra Schank Smith, chair and associate professor of the Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University.

And for the Landmark, da Vinci, G. Randy Roberts & Best Emerging Practice Awards, the jury included jury chair and architect Liza Medek; Mark Guslits, chief development officer, Toronto Community Housing; Sean O’Reilly, OAA president; and Diana Osborne of Osborne Architect.

The award winners are as follows:

Design Excellence
Brian MacKay-Lyons Architect (Design Architects) with Rounthwaite, Dick & Hadley Architects (Prime Consultant) for the Academic Resource Centre, University of Toronto at Scarborough
Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc. in joint venture with Stantec Architecture Ltd., Architects for Bloorview Kids Rehab in Toronto
MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd. for the Brampton Soccer Centre in Brampton
Ogilvie and Hogg Architects Inc., Desnoyers Mercure & Associs, Spencer R. Higgins Architect Inc. & Lundholm Associates Architects for the Conservation, Rehabilitation and Upgrade of the Library of Parliament in Ottawa
Studio Junction Inc. for the Courtyard House in Toronto
Shore, Tilbe Irwin & Partners Architects for the Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre, University of Toronto at Mississauga
Kongats Architects for the Hespeler Library in Cambridge
Moriyama & Teshima Architects for the Multi-faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice at the University of Toronto
gh3 inc. for the Museum of Inuit Art in Toronto
Farrow Partnership Architects for the Peel Regional Cancer Centre and Ambulatory Care Centre at the Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga
Shore, Tilbe Irwin & Partners Architects for the Recreation, Athletic and Wellness Centre, University of Toronto at Mississauga
Teeple Architects Inc. for the Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church in Toronto
Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc. for the George and Kathy Dembroski Centre for Horticulture, Toronto Botanical Garden
Kohn Shnier Architects for the Umbra Retail and Concept Store in Toronto
Levitt Goodman Architects Ltd. for the University of Waterloo, School of Architecture & Design at Riverside, Cambridge Libraries and Galleries in Cambridge

Concepts and Presentations
Student Johnathan Wong won an Image Award of Excellence for Camera Obscura Image of a Church inside a Room
Intern Catherine Lin won an Artifact Award of Excellence for LED Lighting: Baby Fish Tide
Intern Andrea Ling won an Artifact Award of Excellence for The Girl in the Wood Frock

Honourable Mention to Ensitu, Panama (Design Architect of Record), Urbio, New York (Planning and Design Architects), gh3 inc., Toronto (Design Architects), NXL, Toronto (Lab Architects) and David Agro LEED, Toronto (Design LEED Consultant) for The Tropical Forest Science Center
Honourable Mention to the City of Toronto Planning/Urban Design for 1:50 Elevation Details

Honourable Mention to student Son Van Huynh for Cities and the Dead 6: Ghost Orchards

Best Emerging Practice
Dubbeldam Design Architects of Toronto

Landmark Award
Zeidler Partnership Architects & Bregman + Hamann Architects for the Toronto Eaton Centre
NORR limited Architects and Engineers, the successor firm of John B. Parkin Associates, for the Rosedale Valley Bridge in Toronto

G. Randy Roberts Service Award: recognizing members of the OAA for extraordinary service to the members
James William Strutt

Order of da Vinci: presented to persons who have made a significant and meaningful contribution to the profession of architecture
Stephen V.E. Irwin