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OAA unveils 2014 architectural award winners


The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) has announced its 2014 award winners and the start of voting for its People’s Choice Awards.

Notably, the OAA revealed award recipients in the ‘Design Excellence’ category which were selected from more than 170 submissions by a jury made up of the design community.

Winners of the category were judged on the following criteria: Creativity — the innovative nature of the design solution; Context — the contribution a project makes to its location, to neighbouring uses and to community belonging; Sustainability — the contribution the project makes to a sustainable environment; 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; and Legacy — the contribution of the project in establishing a new benchmark for architectural excellence.

The projects that received the Design Excellence award include: Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence, Centennial College Athletic and Wellness Centre , Centennial College Library and Academic Facility, Chinguacousy Park Redevelopment, County of Simcoe Administration Centre, Manitoba Hydro Place, Moore Park Residence, Mount Dennis Library , Nova Scotia Power Corporate Headquarters, Stealth Cabin, Stoney Creek Recreation Centre, Through House, Tommy Thompson Park Pavilions and Victoria Park Subway Station.

The Lifetime Design Achievement Award was given to Jerome Markson for “career-long contribution to Architectural Design Excellence”.

Two projects, Semi and Jiigew, won awards in the Concepts category and an honourable mention went to the UnEarthed project.Other awards included the Sustainable Design Excellence Award which went to Manitoba Hydro Place, the Landmark Designation award which recognized 50 Park Road, McMaster University Health Sciences Centre and Wandich Cottage.

Also, Atelier Kastelic Buffey Inc. was awarded for the Best Emerging Practice.

Gordon Grice was recognized for his “significant and meaningful contribution to the profession of architecture” with the Order of da Vinci.

Members of the public also have until April 15 to cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award.

All award winners will be formally recognized at a ceremony in Montreal on May 9 as part of the OAA’s annual conference.

Source: Daily Commercial News. April 1, 2014.

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