The Ryerson University Master Plan has been awarded an American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2010 Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design, the only Canadian project to receive an AIA Honor Award this year. The AIA awards recognize works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design, and were presented to the master planning team of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) and Daoust Lestage Inc. in association with Greenberg Consultants Inc. and IBI Group.
“This is a significant award that recognizes not only the international stature of the master planning team, but also the expertise and commitment of the Ryerson community,” said Sheldon Levy, president, Ryerson University. “Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and alumni participated in an 18-month collaborative process to develop the Master Plan. Congratulations to KPMB and the master planning team for receiving this outstanding award, and to everyone both inside and outside the university for your very important contributions.”
“Unlike conventional master plans, which provide specific guidelines in terms of land use, the Ryerson Master Plan provides a flexible framework of goals and principles which will guide the development of the campus within our urban neighbourhood for many years to come,” said Linda Grayson, vice-president, administration and finance at Ryerson, who led the project for the university.
The Institute Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design recognize distinguished achievements that involve the expanding role of the architect in urban design, regional and city planning, and community development. The awards identify projects and programs that contribute to the quality of these environments. The awards jury found that the Ryerson Master Plan “foregrounds Ryerson as a city builder and a model for the 21st century urban university.”