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Shortlist revealed for 2018 OAA Awards for Design Excellence


The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the OAA Design Excellence Awards. This year’s  range from local Ontario homes to Ivy League university buildings in the U.S. to temples in Chile, each demonstrating unique best-in-class design.

“The 2018 finalists have set a new standard for excellence in architecture and represent a dynamic range of bold and cutting-edge thinking that architects in our province are fast becoming renowned for. The projects demonstrate exciting new approaches to functionality that enhance the lives of Ontarians, Canadians and global citizens,” said OAA President, John Stephenson. “Once again, I’m pleased that through the OAA Awards we can celebrate the world-class design and vision of architects based in Ontario that are creating and inspiring powerful contributions for our future.”

Selected from 111 submissions by this year’s jury, the 20 finalists were judged on a number of criteria, including creativity, context, sustainability, good design/good business and legacy. Over the month of March, each finalist will be featured on the OAA blOAAg.

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

2018 OAA Awards – Design Excellence Finalists

Alta Chalet — Town of the Blue Mountains, ON — Atelier Kastelic Buffey Inc.OAA Design Excellence

Bahá’í Temple of South America — Santiago, Chile — Hariri Pontarini ArchitectsOAA Design Excellence

Casey House — Toronto, ON — Hariri Pontarini ArchitectsOAA Design Excellence

CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge — Toronto, ON — Zeidler Partnership Architects and WilkinsonEyreOAA Design Excellence

Collaborative Greenhouse Technology Centre — Vineland, ON — Baird Sampson Neuert Architects Inc.OAA Design Excellence

Compass House — Mulmur, ON — Superkül Inc.OAA Design Excellence

Double Duplex — Toronto, ON — Batay-Csorba ArchitectsOAA Design Excellence

Environmental Science and Chemistry Building, UTSC —Scarborough, ON —Diamond Schmitt ArchitectsOAA Design Excellence

House on Ancaster Creek — Ancaster, ON — Williamson Williamson Inc.OAA Design Excellence

House in Mulmur Hill 3 — Mulmur Township, ON — Ian MacDonald Architect Inc.OAA Design Excellence

Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building & Louis A. Simpson International Building, Princeton University — Princeton, NJ, USA — KPMB ArchitectsOAA Design Excellence

Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University — Evanston, IL, USA — KPMB ArchitectsOAA Design Excellence

Langara College Science & Technology Building — Vancouver, BC — Teeple Architects Inc. in association with Proscenium Architecture + Interiors Inc.OAA Design Excellence

Limelight Bandshell — North York, ON — Paul Raff Studio Incorporated ArchitectOAA Design Excellence

McEwen School of Architecture/ École d’architecture McEwen — Sudbury, ON — LGA Architectural Partners Ltd.OAA Design Excellence

National Arts Centre Rejuvenation — Ottawa, ON — Diamond and Schmitt Architects IncorporatedOAA Design Excellence

Remai Modern — Saskatoon, SK — KPMB Architects and Architecture49 Inc.OAA Design Excellence

Student Learning Centre, Ryerson University — Toronto, ON — Zeidler Partnership Architects and SnøhettaOAA Design Excellence

UBC Aquatics Centre — Vancouver, BC — MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd. and Acton Ostry Architects Inc.OAA Design Excellence

Wellington Building Rehabilitation — Ottawa, ON — NORR Architects & Engineers LimiteOAA Design Excellence


The OAA Awards offer the Ontario architectural profession an annual opportunity to present their work to the public and to a professional audience, demonstrating the excellence of both individual award winners and the profession as a whole and fostering a greater appreciation of architecture and architects in the public realm.

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