OAA Announces its 2022 Design Excellence Awards Finalists

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) has announced the 17 Finalists for its 2022 Design Excellence Awards. This year’s selection includes building types ranging from libraries and learning institutions to striking residences and performing arts venues in Southwestern Ontario and Northwestern Texas. Chosen by a jury of design experts, the projects serve as the shortlist for the OAA’s Design Excellence Winners, which will be announced next month and celebrated at the OAA Conference: Inspiring Climate Action event in Toronto this May.

The biennial OAA Design Excellence Awards program offers Ontario’s architecture profession an opportunity to showcase the possibilities for the built environment, and promote broader public appreciation and understanding of architecture. Submissions required inclusion of Energy Use Intensity (EUI) metrics, reflecting the OAA’s commitment to pursuing climate stability in the public interest and ensuring sustainable, resilient design is a critical component of any successful project.

“I am pleased to be able to share these incredible projects,” says OAA President Susan Speigel. “Individually, they highlight the innovation and skill of their design teams; collectively, they show Ontario’s architecture profession has such incredible talent, able to create beautiful, thoughtful, and effective buildings that inspire.”

Selected from more than 80 eligible submissions, the 17 Finalists were judged on criteria such as creativity, context, sustainability, good design/good business, and legacy. The selections, in alphabetical order, are as follows:

Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences (Lubbock, Texas) by Diamond and Schmitt Architects Incorporated (Design Architect), Parkhill (Architect of Record), and MWM Architects, Inc. (Associate Architect);
Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences. Photo Credit: Casey Dunn.

Centennial College Downsview Campus Centre for Aerospace and Aviation (Toronto) by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd. In association with Stantec Architecture Ltd.;
Centennial College Downsview Campus Centre for Aerospace and Aviation (Toronto). Photo Credit: doublespace photography.

Clearview Public Library, Stayner Branch (Stayner, Ontario) by Lebel & Bouliane Inc.;
Clearview Public Library, Stayner Branch (Stayner, Ontario). Photo Credit: Tom Arban.

Craven Road Micro House (Toronto) by Anya Moryoussef Architect;
Craven Road Micro House (Toronto). Photo Credit: doublespace photography.

m.o.r.e. Cabin (La Peche, Quebec) by Kariouk Architects;
m.o.r.e. Cabin (La Peche, Quebec). Photo Credit: Scott Norsworthy.

Ontario Tech University Shawenjigewining Hall (Oshawa, Ontario) by Montgomery Sisam Architects in joint venture with Architecture Counsel Inc.;
Ontario Tech University Shawenjigewining Hall (Oshawa, Ontario). Photo Credit: Younes Bounhar.

Orillia Community Recreation Centre (Orillia, Ontario) by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd.;
Orillia Community Recreation Centre (Orillia, Ontario). Photo Credit: Scott Norsworthy.

The Osler Bluff Ski Club (Town of the Blue Mountains, Ontario) by Williamson Williamson Inc.;
The Osler Bluff Ski Club (Town of the Blue Mountains, Ontario). Photo Credit: Williamson Williamson.

Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion (Ottawa) by Barry Padolsky Associates Inc. Architects and KPMB Architects (advocate architects) / EBC Inc., DevMcGill, and Groupe Germain with Régis Côté et Associés (DBFM consortium) / LEMAYMICHAUD (private-sector tower architects);
Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion (Ottawa). Photo Credit: Adrien Williams.

SmartVMC Bus Terminal (Vaughan, Ontario) by Diamond and Schmitt Architects Incorporated;
SmartVMC Bus Terminal (Vaughan, Ontario). Photo Credit: Tom Arban.

The Springdale Library and Komagata Maru Park (Brampton, Ontario) by RDH Architects Inc.;
The Springdale Library and Komagata Maru Park (Brampton, Ontario). Photo Credit: Nic Lehoux.

Tile House (Toronto) by Kohn Shnier Architects;
Tile House (Toronto). Photo Credit: Michael van Leur.

Tom Patterson Theatre (Stratford, Ontario) by Hariri Pontarini Architects;
Tom Patterson Theatre (Stratford, Ontario). Photo Credit: Scott Norsworthy.

Tommy Thompson Park Entrance Pavilion (Toronto) by DTAH Architects Limited;
Tommy Thompson Park Entrance Pavilion (Toronto). Photo Credit: Scott Norsworthy.

University College Revitalization (Toronto) by Kohn Shnier Architects in association with E.R.A. Architects Inc.;
University College Revitalization (Toronto). Photo Credit: doublespace photography.

University of Toronto Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Toronto) by Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc. in association with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios; and
University of Toronto Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Toronto). Photo Credit: Tom Rideout.

Visitor Education Centre at Canadian National Vimy Memorial (Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France) by Robertson Martin Architects Incorporated and John Lampros Architect.
Visitor Education Centre at Canadian National Vimy Memorial (Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France). Photo Credit: Stephane Groleau.

The final Design Excellence Winners—as well as the recipients of the Best Emerging Practice, G. Randy Roberts Service Award, Lifetime Design Achievement Award, and Order of da Vinci—will be announced in early April. They will be honoured at the OAA Conference in Toronto, along with the unveiled winners of the Michael V. and Wanda Plachta Award, the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Design Excellence in Architecture, and the People’s Choice Award, which asks members of the public to vote for their favourite Winner.

Profiles of the 17 Finalists will be posted on the OAA Website throughout the rest of March, published in the Awards 2022 book, and shared on Twitter and Instagram (@oaarchitects).

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