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Best in Industry Recognized as Design Excellence Finalists for the Ontario Association of Architects Awards

TORONTO, March 6, 2017 – The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the OAA Design Excellence Awards.

Representing Ontario’s emerging new talent and some of the province’s most established architecture firms, 20 projects have been shortlisted for the prestigious Design Excellence category this year. During the month of March, each of the 20 finalists will be featured on the OAA blOAAg.

“The OAA Awards showcases the exceptional work that Ontario architects are doing in the province, Canada and around the world,” said John Stephenson, OAA president. “Each year I’m blown away at the creativity and forward-thinking architects bring to their projects."

Selected from more than 140 submissions, this year’s 20 finalist projects range from supporting the Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games to education facilities and community centres. Finalists were judged on a number of criteria, including creativity, context, sustainability, good design/good business and legacy.

Winners in categories including Design Excellence, Concepts, Landmark Designation, Best Emerging Practice, G. Randy Roberts Service Award and Order of da Vinci will be announced on April 3.

2017 OAA Design Excellence Award Finalists

2015 Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games - BMX Supercross Legacy Track
Toronto, ON
Kleinfeldt Mychajlowycz Architects Inc.

Boulevard Club West Wing Replacement
Toronto, ON
Teeple Architects Inc.

Centennial College Ashtonbee Campus Library & Student HUB
Toronto, ON
MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd.

Conestoga College Student Recreation Centre
Kitchener, ON
MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd.

Core Modern Homes
Toronto, ON
Batay-Csorba Architects (Design Architect for interior and exterior design) and Turner Fleischer Architects (Prime Consultant)

East Point Park Bird Sanctuary Pavilions
Toronto, ON
Plant Architect Inc.

Emerald Hills Leisure Centre
Sherwood Park, AB
MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd. + MTA

Eva's Phoenix
Toronto, ON
LGA Architectural Partners (formerly Levitt Goodman Architects)

Great Plains Recreation Facility
Calgary, AB
MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd. + MTA

Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre
Peterborough, ON
Perkins+Will Canada Inc.

Meadowvale Community Centre and Library
Mississauga, ON
Perkins+Will Canada Inc.

Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre, University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON
KPMB Architects

Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization
Toronto, ON
Plant Architect Inc. and Perkins+Will Architects in Joint Venture

Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum
Wembley, AB
Teeple Architects Inc. and Architecture: Tkalcic Bengert

Ports 1961 Shanghai
Shanghai, China

Queen Richmond Centre West at 134 Peter Street
Toronto, ON
Sweeny &Co. Architects Inc. (formerly Sweeny Sterling Finlayson &Co. Architects Inc.)
Project was commenced by Sweeny Sterling Finlayson &Co Architects Inc. and completed under Sweeny &Co. Architects Inc.

River City – Phase 1 & 2
Toronto, ON
Saucier + Perrotte Architectes / ZAS Architects Inc., in joint venture

Rosemary House
Toronto, ON
Kohn Shnier Architects

Story Pod
Newmarket, ON
Atelier Kastelic Buffey Inc.

Williams Parkway (Phase 1)
Brampton, ON
Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc.

RAIC/OAA Celebration of Excellence Awards, May 26


The 2017 OAA Design Excellence award winners will be celebrated in Ottawa at the Westin Hotel on May 26 at the Celebration of Excellence Ceremony capping off the 2017 RAIC/OAA Festival of Architecture.


At this time, additional winners in the categories of Lieutenant Governor’s Award, Michael V. & Wanda Plachta Award and the People’s Choice Award will be revealed.


About the OAA Awards

The OAA Awards offer the Ontario architectural profession an annual opportunity to present their work to the public and to a professional audience, demonstrating the excellence of both individual award winners and the profession as a whole and fostering a greater appreciation of architecture and architects in the public realm.


About the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA)

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) is a self-regulating organization governed by the Architects Act, which is a statute of the Government of Ontario. The OAA’s mission is to represent, regulate, support and promote the profession of architecture in the interest of all Ontarians and to lead the design and delivery of built form in the Province of Ontario.


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Best in Industry Recognized as Design Excellence Finalists for the Ontario Association of Architects Awards