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March 12, 2015…Toronto, ON – Demonstrating the best in architectural design and innovation, winners of the 2015 Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Awards feature both Canadian and international projects designed by Ontario architects, ranging from sustainable single-family homes to the redevelopment of key cultural and civic destinations.
Representing Ontario’s emerging new talent and some of the province’s most established architecture firms, 20 newly built projects in Toronto, St. Petersburg (Russia), Georgian Bay, Kingston, Bolsover, Sudbury, Crawford Lake, Sarnia, Town of the Blue Mountains, Oakville, Port Hope and Surrey (BC), have been distinguished in the Design Excellence category. Selected from more than 175 submissions, recipients of the 2015 Design Excellence Award have been recognized by a jury of peers from the design community on the following criteria:  
  1. Creativity: The innovative nature of the design solution.
  2. Context: The contribution a project makes to its unique location, to neighbouring uses and to community building.
  3. Sustainability: The contribution the project makes to a sustainable environment. Considers project design merits and the reduced use of raw materials and dependence on fossil fuels, as well as projects that achieve high quality interior environments, with regards to daylighting, air quality and material use.
  4. 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.
  5. Legacy: The contribution of the project in establishing a new benchmark for architectural excellence.
Celebrating forward-thinking design and leadership in architecture, 29 winners in nine categories will be recognized at a formal awards ceremony in Hamilton, May 8, as part of the OAA’s annual conference.
Image captions and credit

Top: Grotto Sauna, Georgian Bay, PARTISANS Architects - photo by Jonathan Friedman
Second row, right: Surrey Civic Centre, Surrey, BC, Moriyama & Teshima Architects in joint venture with Kasian Architecture Ontario Incorporated - photo by Ema Peter 
Second row, left: Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy, Toronto, ON, Kohn Shnier Architects - photo by Tom Arban
Third row, right: Echo House, Toronto, ON, Paul Raff Studio Incorporated Architect - photo by Ben Rahn
Third row, left: Ismaili Centre, Toronto, ON, Moriyama & Teshima Architects in association with Charles Correa Associates - photo by Shai Gil 
2015 OAA Awards - List of Winners

Design Excellence - Awards
Echo House
Toronto, ON 
Paul Raff Studio Incorporated Architect
Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy
Toronto, ON
Kohn Shnier Architects

Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport
Toronto, ON
Patkau Architects Inc.
MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd.
Grotto Sauna
Georgian Bay, ON
PARTISANS Architects

Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts
Kingston, ON
N45 Architecture Inc.
in association with Snøhetta Architecture Design Planning P.C.
Ismaili Centre
Toronto, ON
Moriyama & Teshima Architects
In association with Charles Correa Associates

Lake Cottage
Bolsover, ON

Mariinsky II
St.Petersberg, Russia
Diamond and Schmitt Architects Incorporated
Surrey Civic Centre
Surrey, BC
Moriyama & Teshima Architects in joint venture with Kasian Architecture Ontario Incorporated
Vale Living with Lakes Centre
Sudbury, ON
J.L. Richards & Associates Limited, Consulting Engineers & Architects
in association with Perkins + Will Canada Inc.

Design Excellence – Honourable Mentions 
14 Division
Toronto, ON
Stantec Architecture Ltd.
Annex Residence
Toronto, ON
Audax Architecture Inc.
Deer Clan Longhouse
Crawford Lake, ON
Brook McIlroy Inc.
Fort York Branch Library
Toronto, ON
KPMB Architects

Fort York National Historic Site Visitors Centre
Toronto, ON
Patkau Architects Inc.
Kearns Mancini Architects Inc.

Gold Corp Innovation Suite, Lassonde Mining Building
Toronto, ON
Baird Sampson Neuert Architects Inc.
Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery
Sarnia, ON
Kongats Architects
Maison Glissade
Town of the Blue Mountains, ON
Atelier Kastelic Buffey Inc.

‘Pit Stop’ Transit Facility
Oakville, ON
Bortolotto Design Architect Inc.
Port Hope House
Port Hope, ON
Teeple Architects Inc.
RAW design inc.
The Hole Idea - Now in Technicolour
Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited
Dancing Cubbies    
Honourable Mention
Denegri Bessai Studio

Sustainable Design Excellence Award
Vale Living with Lakes Centre
Sudbury, ON
J.L. Richards & Associates Limited, Consulting Engineers & Architects
in association with Perkins + Will Canada Inc.

Landmark Designation

Belleville City Hall
Belleville, ON
William R. White Architect Limited
Best Emerging Practice

PARTISANS Architects
G. Randy Roberts Service Award
Recognizing members of the OAA for extraordinary service to the members
Istvan Lendvay
Lifetime Design Achievement Award
Honouring members for career-long contribution to Architectural Design Excellence
Bruce Kuwabara
Order of da Vinci
Presented to persons who have made a significant and meaningful contribution to the profession of architecture 
Leslie M. Klein

2015 OAA Award Juries

The 2015 Award winners were chosen by Juries that included members of the public whose interests and background represent many areas of the Ontario design community.

Design Excellence & Lieutenant Governor's Award

CHAIR - Cheryl Giraudy, Associate Professor & Architect, OCAD University
Boris Brott, Founding Artistic Director, Brott Music Festival
Jane Corkin, Founder & Owner, Corkin Gallery
Dianne Lister, Immediate Past President & CEO of the ROM Governors
Sheila Penny, Vice President, Facilities Management, Toronto Community Housing


CHAIR - Ila Berman, Director, University of Waterloo School of Architecture & Principal, Scaleshift Design
Sarah Culp, President, Ontario Association of Landscape Architects
Rita Davies, CEO, Culture Capital and Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair
Jim Strasman, Principal, Strasman Architects Inc.

Landmark, Order of da Vinci, Best Emerging Practice & G. Randy Roberts Award:

CHAIR - John Hrovat, Chair, St. Clair Society of Architects 
Toon Dreessen, OAA President 2015
Diana Osborne, Architect, Osborne Architect
Eb Zeidler, Senior Partner Emeritus, Zeidler Partnership Architects

OAA Celebration of Excellence Awards and Dinner May 8

The 2015 awards will be presented in Hamilton on Friday, May 8, 2015 at the OAA Celebration of Excellence Awards and Dinner hosted at Liuna Station by OAA President, Toon Dreessen and Master of Ceremonies, Wendy Mesley.

Additional awards to be announced at the event include the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Design Excellence in Architecture, the Michael V. and Wanda Plachta Award and the People’s Choice Award. For more information about the 2015 OAA Awards and to purchase tickets please visit:
About the OAA Awards
The OAA Awards offer the Ontario architectural profession an annual opportunity to present their work to the public and a professional audience; demonstrating the excellence of both individual award winners and the profession as a whole; fostering a greater appreciation of architecture and architects in the public realm.
About the Ontario Association of Architects
The Ontario Association of Architects 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. For more information, visit:
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