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Finalists announced for OAA Design Excellence Awards


Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre by KPMB. Photo: DoubleSpace Photography

Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre by KPMB. Photo: DoubleSpace Photography

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) has announced the finalists for the OAA Design Excellence Awards.

Representing Ontario’s emerging new talent and some of the province’s most established architecture firms, 20 projects have been shortlisted for the prestigious Design Excellence category this year. During the month of March, each of the 20 finalists will be featured on the OAA blOAAg.

“The OAA Awards showcases the exceptional work that Ontario architects are doing in the province, Canada and around the world,” said John Stephenson, OAA president. “Each year I’m blown away at the creativity and forward-thinking architects bring to their projects.” 

Selected from more than 140 submissions, this year’s 20 finalist projects range from supporting the Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games to education facilities and community centres. Finalists were judged on a number of criteria, including creativity, context, sustainability, good design/good business and legacy.

Winners in categories including Design Excellence, Concepts, Landmark Designation, Best Emerging Practice, G. Randy Roberts Service Award and Order of da Vinci will be announced on April 3.


2017 OAA Awards – Design Excellence Finalists 
  • 2015 Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games – BMX Supercross Legacy Track
    Toronto, ON
    Kleinfeldt Mychajlowycz Architects Inc.
  •  Boulevard Club West Wing Replacement
    Toronto, ON
    Teeple Architects Inc. 
  • Centennial College Ashtonbee Campus Library & Student HUB
    Toronto, ON
    MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd.
  • Conestoga College Student Recreation Centre
    Kitchener, ON
    MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd.
  • Core Modern Homes
    Toronto, ON
    Batay-Csorba Architects (Design Architect for interior and exterior design) and Turner Fleischer Architects (Prime Consultant)
  • East Point Park Bird Sanctuary Pavilions
    Toronto, ON
    Plant Architect Inc.
  • Emerald Hills Leisure Centre
    Sherwood Park, AB
    MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd. + MTA
  • Eva’s Phoenix
    Toronto, ON
    LGA Architectural Partners (formerly Levitt Goodman Architects)
  • Great Plains Recreation Facility
    Calgary, AB
    MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd. + MTA
  • Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre
    Peterborough, ON
    Perkins+Will Canada Inc.
  • Meadowvale Community Centre and Library
    Mississauga, ON
    Perkins+Will Canada Inc.
  • Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre, University of Waterloo
    Waterloo, ON
    KPMB Architects
  • Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization
    Toronto, ON
    Plant Architect Inc. and Perkins+Will Architects in Joint Venture
  • Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum
    Wembley, AB
    Teeple Architects Inc. and Architecture: Tkalcic Bengert
  • Ports 1961 Shanghai
    Shanghai, China
    UUFIE INC.
  • Queen Richmond Centre West at 134 Peter Street
    Toronto, ON
    Sweeny &Co. Architects Inc. (formerly Sweeny Sterling Finlayson &Co. Architects Inc.)
    Project was commenced by Sweeny Sterling Finlayson &Co Architects Inc. and completed under Sweeny &Co. Architects Inc.
  • River City – Phase 1 & 2
    Toronto, ON
    Saucier + Perrotte Architectes / ZAS Architects Inc., in joint venture
  • Rosemary House
    Toronto, ON
    Kohn Shnier Architects
  • Story Pod
    Newmarket, ON
    Atelier Kastelic Buffey Inc.
  • Williams Parkway (Phase 1)
    Brampton, ON
    Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc.



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