Winners of the OAA People’s Choice Award and the OAA Best of Show Award announced

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) recently announced the winner of the 2010 Best of Show Award – the Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning in Toronto by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects. The 2010 People’s Choice Award was given to the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa by Maki and Associates and Moriyama and Teshima Architects.


The “Best of Show” is the jury’s favourite project in the OAA Design Excellence category which recognizes and profiles the innovative, expanding skills of Ontario architects in creating spaces, buildings and communities, built within the past five years, which enhance the environment and enrich human activity. “The 1,100-seat concert hall has been widely praised for both its acoustic qualities and its physical beauty. It is a performance space for which the architects richly deserve, and recently received, a standing ovation from the audience. The architects’ attention to detail and crafting of spaces sets it apart as an exceptional addition to the city’s growing stock of world-class cultural event spaces,” said the jury.


The “People’s Choice” is the public’s favourite among this year’s 15 Design Excellence winners. The winners were posted online at and the public was invited to vote from March 26 to April 9, 2010. More than 7,400 people voted.


“Designed as a source of optimism, fascination and delight, the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat is an embodiment of the Aga Khan’s vision for a pluristic global society and the development of civil societies. The building seems to express the values of the Aga Khan in an extremely powerful way. To this strong statement, details such as the delicate tracery create moments of mystery, like an intricate veil,” said the OAA Design Excellence Jury.


Fourteen new buildings in Fort Erie, Grey Highlands, Mississauga, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ottawa, Toronto, and Walsingham were also honoured with Design Excellence Awards. The Lapierre house in St. Catharines and the Queen’s Quay Terminal Building in Toronto both received Landmark Awards as notable examples of the development of architecture in Ontario.


The OAA Awards advertises the excellence of both individual award winners and the profession as a whole; it fosters a greater appreciation of architecture and architects among all levels of society, professional and non-professional.


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