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2020 OAA Awards Juries



Design Excellence & Lieutenant Governor’s Award 


Thomas Allen

Journalist, Rebuild Hamilton and The Inlet

Thomas Allen is an award-winning architectural journalist from Hamilton, with a background in history. Thomas has been writing on the topic of architecture and urbanism for more than eight years and is the founder of Rebuild Hamilton and co-founder of The Inlet, a publication featuring Hamilton’s art and culture scene.

He has been featured in The Hamilton Spectator, Hamilton Magazine, Urbanicity, and CBC Hamilton, and is currently working on a book about the history of Hamilton’s modern architecture.


Darryl Condon

Managing Principal, HCMA Architecture + Design


Darryl Condon is interested in design that acts as a catalyst for positive social change. As Managing Principal at Vancouver-based HCMA Architecture + Design, he has created successful public spaces, including community centres, pools, recreation facilities, fire halls and libraries across Canada, and beyond. His work has been recognized internationally for its innovation and design excellence. Darryl is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). He is a Past-President of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) and has been an adjunct professor at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.


Tammy Gaber

Associate Professor, Laurentian University's McEwen School of Architecture 

Associate Professor Tammy Gaber’s background in architecture comes from her undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo (BES and B.Arch.), her graduate work at Cairo University (M.Sc. in architectural engineering and PhD in architectural engineering), and her participation in the design of various projects in both Canada and Egypt. Professor Gaber has taught design studio, culture, and building courses at different universities during the past 15 years, including the  American University in Cairo, the British University in Egypt, Misr International University, and the University of Waterloo. Professor Gaber has published articles in journals and conferences as well as book chapters related to Islamic architecture, vernacular design and architecture pedagogy. Her current project, documenting the history, architecture, and space for women in Canadian mosques is the first extensive study of its kind and is supported by a grant from the Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada. In 2019, Professor Gaber was awarded one of the Canadian Council for Muslim Women's awards for 'Women Who Inspire.'

Professor Gaber is founding faculty, Associate Professor, and Graduate Co-ordinator at the McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University in Sudbury. She teaches in the graduate and undergraduate programs' courses in design and cultural history and serves on review committees for graduate work at the University of Waterloo, Hartford University, and the Illinois Institute of Technology.


Steve Kulakowsky

Co-owner, Core Urban

Steve Kulakowsky is a founding partner of the Hamilton-based real estate development company, Core Urban Inc.  Together with his partners, David Sauve and Maureen Worron-Sauve, Steve has been an instrumental participant in the downtown core's renaissance. Some of the firm’s most notable projects include The Herkimer at Bay Condos, The Witton Lofts, Empire Times, Templar Flats, and King James.  

Born and raised in Hamilton, Steve is a graduate of Hillfield Strathallan College and McMaster University. He currently resides in the lower city, with his wife and their two children.  



Richard Witt 

Principal, Quadrangle

Richard Witt believes in the design strength of architecture to inspire responsible, inclusive, and sustainable urbanisation in evolving global cities.

As a Principal at Quadrangle Architects in Toronto, he leads teams responsible for the design of complex and sustainable projects at diverse scales. From large masterplans to midrise urban infill, his commitment to an agenda of accretive city building encompasses residential, retail, and workplace uses that drive commercial objectives and are recognized for their design excellence.

Richard is actively engaged in the development and design industry. He has previously held positions with the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA), and NAIOP, and is currently the chair of the Canadian chapter of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). He has additionally served on several design review panels around the Greater Toronto Area. 

Richard is licensed to practise architecture in most Canadian provinces, and is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).


da Vinci, G. Randy Roberts Award, Best Emerging Practice 


Kathleen Kurtin

OAA President 






Yvonne Ip

Chair, Grand Valley Society of Architects


Born in Hong Kong, raised in Vancouver, solo backpacker in several continents, Yvonne Ip now calls Kitchener home. Alongside her architectural credentials are degrees in sociology and visual arts and a colourful work history that includes possibly having been the youngest female construction worker in Vancouver. Yvonne has been working in architecture for 18 years in a range of project types and is well-versed in design, contract documents, project management, and construction fieldwork. She also has a personal art practice where her work has been exhibited in Canada and the United States and resides in public and private collections. 

Yvonne’s interests and background have led her to approach a practice that is mindful of the societal and cultural context of architecture. She is committed to supporting community endeavours and has served in various volunteer capacities for example with the City of Kitchener Public Art Working Group, as Kitchener’s Queen’s Green Community Garden Co-ordinator, and with the Grand Valley Society of Architects (GVSA) for which she is the current Chair.

An avid supporter of co-operatives, Yvonne is proud to be a co-founder of Ontario’s first architectural worker co-operative, Arise Architects



Heather Dubbeldam

Principal, Dubbeldam Architecture + Design


Heather Dubbeldam is the principal of Dubbeldam Architecture + Design, a multi-disciplinary design studio in Toronto committed to advancing an architectural and social agenda through built work and research. Recipient of numerous awards for design excellence, Dubbeldam’s work has garnered wide recognition in national and international publications. Dubbeldam’s portfolio includes a diverse range of commercial, institutional, hospitality, residential, mixed-use, and adaptive reuse as well as installation design and landscape projects. Heather is a LEED-accredited professional, a past Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA), Director of Twenty + Change (a national organization dedicated to exposing the work of emerging Canadian architects), and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (FRAIC).

Diana Osborne