Winners of the City of Toronto Architecture & Urban Design Awards 2005

The winners of this year’s AUDA Awards were announced at a gala reception held in the Walker Court of Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on May 16, 2005. The event was hosted by Mayor David Miller and AGO Director/CEO Matthew Teitelbaum. This year, fifteen projects were honoured for their outstanding contribution to the quality of life in Toronto. The winners are as follows:

Award of Excellence Building in Context

Sharp Centre for Design
Address: 100 McCaul Street
Architect: Alsop Architects Ltd. and Robbie/Young & Wright Architects in joint venture
Landscape Architect: Yuk Woo Lee & Associates Ltd.
Client: The Ontario College of Art and Design

Special Jury Award

TSA Guide Map: Toronto Architecture 1953-2003
Project Team: TSP Guide Map Committee
Graphic Design: Flavio Trevisan Studio
Client: Toronto Society of Architects

Award of Excellence Visions and Master Plans

West Don Lands Precinct Plan
Address: Parliament Street/Don River/King Street/Eastern Avenue
Urban Design Project Lead: Urban Design Associates and Joe Lobko Architect Inc.
Landscape Architect: DuToit, Allsopp, Hillier
Planning: GHK International Ltd.
Transportation Planning: LEA Consulting
Municipal Services Engineering: Earth Tech
Canada Client: Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation

Award of Excellence Elements

Address: 894 Queen Street West
Architect: Giannone Associates Architects Inc.
Client: Ruth Tal Brown and Barry Alper

Honourable Mention Visions and Master Plans

Fort York Neighbourhood Public Realm Plan
Address: Lakeshore Boulevard/Fleet Street/Dan Leckie Way/Fort York Boulevard/Angelique Street
Landscape Architects/Urban Designers/Planners: DuToit, Allsopp, Hillier
Architects/Urban Designers: Quadrangle Architects and Page + Steele Architects
Municipal Servicing: IBI Group
Transportation Planning and Engineering: BA Group
Clients: Wittington Properties Limited, Plazacorp Investments, Malibu Investments

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Address: 1001 Queen Street West
Architect/Landscape Architect/Designers: Urban Strategies Inc., Community Care Consortium: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, Montgomery Sisam Architects, and Kearns Mancini Architects Inc.
Client: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

CityPlace: Railway Lands West Public Realm Master Plan, Architectural Guidelines and Implementation Plan
Site: Railway Lands West from Spadina Avenue to Bathurst Street and from the Railway Corridor to Gardiner Lakeshore, Toronto
Architect/Landscape Architect/Designers/Artist: IBI Group, Corban and Goode Landscape
Architecture and Urbanism, Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, Page + Steele Architects, and Marshall Macklin Monaghan
Client: Concord Adex Developments Corporation

Honourable Mention Large Places or Neighbourhood Designs

King’s College Circle Precinct
Site: University of Toronto
Landscape Architect: Andropogon Associates Ltd.
Associate Landscape Architect: Elias + Associates
Civil Engineers: R.V. Anderson Associates Ltd.
Lighting: Clanton & Associates
Historian & Heritage Advisor: Unterman McPhail Associates
Structural Engineers: Halsall Associates]
Client: University of Toronto

Honourable Mention Building in Context

Camera Stephen Bulger Gallery Mongrel Media
Address: 1026-1028 Queen Street West
Architect: Hariri Pontarini Architects
Clients: Atom Egoyan and Hussain Amarshi

Schulich School of Business and Executive Learning Centre
Address: 4700 Keele Street
Architects: Hariri Pontarini Architects and Robbie/Young & Wright Architects
Landscape Architect: The MBTW Group and Janet Rosenberg & Associates
Client: York University

BMW Toronto
Address: 11 Sunlight Park Road Don Valley Expressway and Gardiner Expressway interchange
Architect: Quadrangle Architects Ltd.
Landscape Architect: The MBTW Group
Retail and Interior Design: Omniplan Automotive Retail Facility Planners
Client: BMW Canada Inc.

Wellesley Community Centre
Address: 495 Sherbourne Street
Architects: MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd. and ZAS Architects Inc.
Landscape Architect: Gunta Mackars Landscape Architecture
Clients: City of Toronto and Toronto Public Library

McGregor Park Public Library Reconstruction
Address: 2219 Lawrence Avenue East
Architect: ZAS Architects Inc.
Landscape Architect: P.F. Kaudewitz Landscape Architects
Client: Toronto Public Library

Honourable Mention Elements

Gargoyles: Old City Hall
Address: Old City Hall, 60 Queen Street West
Restoration Architect: The Ventin Group Ltd.
Client: City of Toronto

One Phoebe Fence and Gates
Address: 18 Beverley Street
Artist: John McKinnon
Public Art Consultant: Art Collection of Canada
Clients: Diamante Development Corporation and Wittington Properties Limited

General Jury Comments

The jury was impressed by the integrity and the respect for good civic values exhibited by many of the submissions to this year’s competition, which has come at this particularly sensitive, challenging moment in the history of Toronto’s built environment. The best of these projects have already contributed to the vitality and richness of Toronto’s urban fabric, or they promise to do so. We especially look forward to the realization of the several master plans that have been proposed for downtown Toronto, all of which provide valuable patterns for providing or repairing large, basic city structures.

We regret that we were not able to give an Award of Excellence to any submission in the categories of Large Spaces, Small Spaces or Student Work, and were particularly disappointed by the scarcity of serious design proposals for enhancing our arterial roads and highways. We urge future organizers of this competition to look harder for such projects, especially those unfolding in the architecture programmes and faculties, and to encourage submissions from gifted students.

We further urge all architects and urban designers working in Toronto to think beyond the individual building, and to grasp the great opportunities Toronto provides for invention and innovation in the public realm, in infrastructure development, and in the creation of new urban contexts for Toronto’s 21st century and beyond.