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November 08, 2017

50 Park Road (Former OAA Headquarters) (Built: 1954, Renovation: 1992, 2009)
In this post of our fall blOAAg series “Renovation + Relocation”, we’re sharing a throw-back story on our first office space...
Image Credit: Alexi Hobbs
Architectural Credit: Original: John B. Parkin Associates (Now NORR Limited, Architects and Engineers), Renovation: DTAH

November 06, 2017

692 Mount Pleasant (2017)
In this post of our blOAAg Fall Series, “Renovation + Relocation”, we are treated with a story on a renovation/re-purposing...
Image Credit: 3D Model: Gabriel Advertising
Architectural Credit: Pylons Architecture Inc.

March 22, 2016

The Mississauga Public Library Project (2011)
Location: Mississauga, ONArchitects: Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc. (RDH Architects)Date of completion: 2011OAA Awards...
Image Credit: Exterior view of Lakeview Library. Tom Arban
Architectural Credit: Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc.
-Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc.

March 12, 2016

Old Main Academic Building Addition (2014)
Location: Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BCArchitects: Diamond Schmitt Architects; Stantec Architecture, Associate ArchitectDate...
Image Credit: Tom Arban
Architectural Credit: Diamond Schmitt Architects; Stantec Architecture, Associate Architect
-Diamond Schmitt Architects; Stantec Architecture, Associate Architect

February 29, 2016

Runnymede Branch Library (1930, 2005)
Like many other building types, libraries are constantly facing ever-changing needs, needing frequent improvements and upgrades in order to...
Image Credit: Photo courtesy of Toronto Archives, 1930
Architectural Credit: John M. Lyle (1930) and G. Bruce Stratton Architects (2005)
-G. Bruce Stratton Architects

February 19, 2016

Toronto Reference Library (1977)
Within the Toronto Public Library system, considered to be the busiest urban library system in the world, no library is bigger than the...
Image Credit: Courtesy of Moriyama & Teshima Architects
Architectural Credit: Raymond Moriyama Architects (1977), Moriyama & Teshima Architects (2014)
-Moriyama & Teshima Architects

January 19, 2016

Mount Dennis Branch Library (2013)
“Not only has the building never looked better; many hope it will be a harbinger of the good things to come to a part of town where that...
Image Credit: Stephane Groleau
Architectural Credit: G. Bruce Stratton Architects
-G. Bruce Stratton Architects