Winners of the 2012 ARIDO Awards announced

The Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) recently announced the winners of its annual Awards program. One of the most highly regarded honours in the industry, the ARIDO Awards recognize excellence, innovation and creativity in interior design. This year’s winners include a Project of the Year, two Awards of Excellence and 19 Awards of Merit, including one Award of Merit for Sustainable Design.

ARIDO member Johnson Chou of the Toronto-based firm Johnson Chou Inc. received the coveted Project of the Year Award for Sixty Colborne, a condominium presentation centre located across the street from Saint James Cathedral in downtown Toronto. With this project, Chou demonstrated that a marketing centre could push the boundaries of modern interior design while fulfilling the client’s sales objectives.

“ARIDO members consistently defy expectations, creating ground-breaking world-class projects,” says ARIDO president Sue Bennett. “There are dozens of marketing centres built in Ontario every year, but Sixty Colborne stands out from the crowd. It is a true creative expression.”

As in past years, the ARIDO Awards showcase a wide range of interior design talent: from retail to residential and from corporate to institutional, as well as major restoration projects. In addition to the Sixty Colborne project, the Awards of Excellence include the Telus Generation 2 Store, a flagship Telus store located in Laval, Quebec, and a renovation of Polar Securities Bay Street offices.

One project received additional recognition for its commitment to environmental sustainability. Erin Armstrong and Caroline Hughes of figure3 received an Award of Merit and an Award of Merit: Sustainable Design for their project Nova Scotia Power.

“ARIDO congratulates all award winners,” says Bennett. “Their talent and commitment to design excellence strengthen ARIDO’s position as the guardian of the highest standards for interior design in Ontario.”

The complete list of 2012 ARIDO Awards recipients are as follows:

Project of the Year: Sixty Colborne by Johnson Chou of Johnson Chou Inc.

Two Awards of Excellence went to the Telus Generation 2 Store by Chris Wright and Andrew Gallici of figure3, and to the Polar Securities Office Renovation by Chen Cohen of MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects.

Eighteen Awards of Merit were given to: 150_W Residence by Neal Prabhu of nkArchitect; Pied-à-Terre by Michel Arcand and Don Parker of IN8 Design Inc.; McLaren/Pfaff Tuning by George Papadatos and Steve Cascone of Mayhew; The Metrick System by Cheryl Krismer of Crayon Design Co.; Optimus | SBR by Jacqueline Claassen and Donna Wood of Bullock Associates Design Consultants Inc.; DRAFTFCB by Inger Bartlett and Lynn Nguyen of Bartlett & Associates; FMC Law by Peter Heys of the IBI Group; Teva Cafeteria by Michelle Sta. Ana-Ascenzi of Perkins + Will; ARIDO Headquarters by Chantal Frenette of modo; Mark Anthony Brands by Bryan Chartier, Giannone Petricone Associates; 590 King Street West by Brian Bettencourt of Watt International; Ronald McDonald House Toronto by Anne Carlyle of Carlyle Design Associates; 88 Scott Sales Centre by Kelly Cray of UNION31; Quartz/Spectra Model Suite by Suzanne Bettencourt and Chris Wright of figure3; McGregor Community Centre Lounge by Tania Bortolotto of Bortolotto Design Architect Inc.; Old Fort Erie Interpretive Centre by Cathy Misiaszek of Reich + Petch Design International; New Delta Guestroom Brand Standards by Randa Tukan of HOK.

One Award of Merit and Award of Merit: Sustainable Design went to Nova Scotia Power by Caroline Hughes and Erin Armstrong of figure3.

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