Winners of the 2015 OAA Awards announced

Demonstrating the best in architectural design and innovation, winners of the 2015 Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Awards feature both Canadian and international projects designed by Ontario architects, ranging from sustainable single-family homes to the redevelopment of key cultural and civic destinations.

Representing Ontario’s emerging new talent and some of the province’s most established architecture firms, 20 newly built projects in Toronto, St. Petersburg (Russia), Georgian Bay, Kingston, Bolsover, Sudbury, Crawford Lake, Sarnia, Town of the Blue Mountains, Oakville, Port Hope and Surrey (BC), have been distinguished in the Design Excellence category. Selected from more than 175 submissions, recipients of the 2015 Design Excellence Award have been recognized by a jury of peers from the design community on the following criteria:

Creativity: The innovative nature of the design solution.
The contribution a project makes to its unique location, to neighbouring uses and to community building.
The contribution the project makes to a sustainable environment. Considers project design merits and the reduced use of raw materials and dependence on fossil fuels, as well as projects that achieve high-quality interior environments with regards to daylighting, air quality and material use.
Good Design/Good Business:
The degree to which the project creatively supports and interprets the business and architectural goals of the client through programming and design.
The contribution of the project in establishing a new benchmark for architectural excellence.

Celebrating forward-thinking design and leadership in architecture, 31 winners in ten categories will be recognized at a formal awards ceremony in Hamilton on May 8, 2015 as part of the OAA’s annual conference. 

Ten projects were honoured in the Design Excellence category: Echo House in Toronto by Paul Raff Studio Incorporated Architect; Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy in Toronto by Kohn Shnier Architects; Goldring Centre for High-Performance Sport in Toronto by Patkau Architects Inc. and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd.; Grotto Sauna in Georgian Bay by PARTISANS Architects; Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts in Kingston by N45 Architecture Inc. in association with Snøhetta Architecture Design Planning P.C.; Ismaili Centre in Toronto by Moriyama & Teshima Architects In association with Charles Correa Associates; Lake Cottage in Bolsover  by UUfie Inc.; Mariinsky II in St.Petersberg, Russia by Diamond and Schmitt Architects Incorporated; Surrey Civic Centre in Surrey, BC by Moriyama & Teshima Architects in joint venture with Kasian Architecture Ontario Incorporated; and Vale Living with Lakes Centre in Sudbury by J.L. Richards & Associates Limited, Consulting Engineers & Architects in association with Perkins + Will Canada Inc.

Ten projects received Honourable Mentions for Design Excellence: 14 Division in Toronto by Stantec Architecture Ltd.; Annex Residence in Toronto by Audax Architecture Inc.; Deer Clan Longhouse in Crawford Lake by Brook McIlroy Inc.; Fort York Branch Library in Toronto by KPMB Architects; Fort York National Historic Site Visitor Centre in Toronto by Patkau Architects Inc. and Kearns Mancini Architects Inc.; Gold Corp Innovation Suite, Lassonde Mining Building in Toronto by Baird Sampson Neuert Architects Inc.; Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery in Sarnia by Kongats Architects; Maison Glissade in the Blue Mountains by Atelier Kastelic Buffey Inc.; Pit Stop Transit Facility in Oakville by Bortolotto Design Architect Inc.; and the Port Hope House in Port Hope by Teeple Architects Inc.

In the Concepts category, PRISMATICA by RAW design inc. and The Hole Idea–Now in Technicolour by Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited took the top spots, while Dancing Cubbies by Denegri Bessai Studio won an Honourable Mention.

The Sustainable Design Excellence Award was captured by the Vale Living with Lakes Centre in Sudbury by J.L. Richards & Associates Limited Consulting Engineers & Architects in association with Perkins + Will Canada Inc., while Belleville City Hall by William R. White Architect Limited won the Landmark Designation.

PARTISANS Architects was named the Best Emerging Practice, and Istvan Lendvay won the G. Randy Roberts Service Award, which recognizes members of the OAA for extraordinary service to its members.

Bruce Kuwabara received the Lifetime Design Achievement Award, which honours members for career-long contribution to Architectural Design Excellence, and Leslie M. Klein won the Order of da Vinci, which is presented to persons who have made a significant and meaningful contribution to the profession of architecture.

The 2015 awards will be presented in Hamilton on Friday, May 8, 2015 at the OAA Celebration of Excellence Awards and Dinner hosted at Liuna Station by OAA President Toon Dreessen and Master of Ceremonies Wendy Mesley.

Additional awards to be announced at the event include the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Design Excellence in Architecture, the Michael V. and Wanda Plachta Award and the People’s Choice Award.

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