Ontario Association of Architects Reveals 2024 Design Excellence Awards Winners

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) has revealed the 10 winners of its 2024 Design Excellence Awards which will be celebrated at this year’s OAA Conference next month.

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) has revealed the winners of its 2024 Design Excellence Awards.

The OAA has announced the 10 winners that will be celebrated at this year’s OAA Conference, Housing: Pushing the Envelope, which will be held in Niagara Falls in May.

The OAA regulates the practice of architecture in the province to protect the public interest and its biennial Design Excellence Awards program celebrates the work of Ontario practices anywhere in the world.

This year’s collection features a range of building types, including community centres and learning institutions, a lakeside residence, and performing arts venues in Sudbury and New York City.

A panel of design experts selected the winning projects by narrowing them down from 100 submissions to 20 finalists. Winning projects were evaluated based on criteria including creativity, context, sustainability, good design/good business, and legacy.

Submissions also 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.

“We are incredibly proud to announce the winners of the 2024 Design Excellence Awards,” says OAA president Settimo Vilardi. “This year’s recipients exemplify the apex of creativity, sustainability, and community impact. Their achievements not only emphasize the versatile potential of architecture in beauty and function, but also
highlight an ongoing commitment to climate stability and sustainable design.”

The 10 winners, in alphabetical order, are:


Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation
(St. Peter’s Bay, Prince Edward Island) by Baird Sampson Neuert (now part of WF Group Inc.), in association with SableARC Studio

Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation (St. Peter’s Bay, Prince Edward Island) by Baird Sampson Neuert (now part of WF Group Inc.), in association with SableARC Studio. Photo credit: Brady McCloskey

 

Centennial College A-Building Expansion
(Toronto, Ontario) by DIALOG
Ontario Inc.

Centennial College A-Building Expansion (Toronto, Ontario) by DIALOG Ontario Inc. Photo credit: James Brittain 

 

Center for Computing & Data Sciences at Boston University
(Boston, Massachusetts) by KPMB Architects

Center for Computing & Data Sciences at Boston University (Boston, Massachusetts) by KPMB Architects. Photo credit: Nic Lehoux

 

Churchill Meadows Community Centre and Sports Park
(Mississauga, Ontario) by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, Ltd. (MJMA)

Churchill Meadows Community Centre and Sports Park (Mississauga, Ontario) by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, Ltd. (MJMA) Photo credit: Scott Norsworthy

 

David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center
(New York City, New York) by Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. (Master Plan and Concert Theatre) and Tod Williams
Billie Tsien Architects | Partners (Public Spaces)

David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center (New York City, New York) by Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. (Master Plan and Concert Theatre) and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners (Public Spaces) Photo credit: Chris Lee


Neil Campbell Rowing Centre
(St. Catherines, Ontario) by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, Ltd. (MJMA) in association with Raimondo + Associates Architects Inc.

Neil Campbell Rowing Centre (St. Catherines, Ontario) by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, Ltd. (MJMA) in association with Raimondo + Associates Architects Inc. Photo credit: Scott Norsworthy


Ontario Court of Justice Toronto
(Toronto, Ontario) by NORR Architects & Engineers Ltd. in association with Renzo Piano Building Workshop S.A.S

Ontario Court of Justice Toronto (Toronto, Ontario) by NORR Architects & Engineers Ltd. in association with Renzo Piano Building Workshop S.A.S. Photo credit: Scott Norsworthy


Place des Arts
(Greater Sudbury, Ontario) by Moriyama Teshima Architects and Bélanger Salach Architecture in a joint venture

Place des Arts (Greater Sudbury, Ontario) by Moriyama Teshima Architects and Bélanger Salach Architecture in a joint venture. Photo credit: Tom Arban Photography


Toronto Public Library—Albert Campbell Branch
(Scarborough, Ontario) by LGA Architectural Partners Ltd.

Toronto Public Library—Albert Campbell Branch (Scarborough, Ontario) by LGA Architectural Partners Ltd. Photo credit: Doublespace Photography


Virgin Vineyard House
(North Hatley, Quebec) by LAMAS Architecture Ltd.

Virgin Vineyard House (North Hatley, Quebec) by LAMAS Architecture Ltd. Photo credit: Felix Michaud

At the upcoming event, the OAA will also reveal which projects won the Michael V. and Wanda Plachta Award, the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Design Excellence in Architecture, and the People’s Choice Award. For this last award, a special two-week online voting period began on Thursday, April 4, with members of the public encouraged to select their personal favourite among the 10 winners.

Votes can be submitted via OAA’s website.

The Celebration of Excellence will also showcase Lanescape Architecture Inc., as the winner of Best Emerging Practice—a biennial award for a newer firm that demonstrates a clear vision, well-articulated goals, and proven effective strategies.

Several OAA Award winners will also be honoured at a special Recognition Lunch. They include Deborah Wang, architect, curator, and artistic director of the DesignTO Festival, who will be presented with the Medal of Service and Barry J. Hobin, who will receive Lifetime Design Achievement.

A.J. Diamond, Raymond Moriyama, and Adrienne Tam will also be posthumously added to the Honour Roll, which recognizes prominent deceased members of the architectural profession.

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