Above: Mukwa Waakaa’igan Indigenous Center for Cultural Excellence designed by Moriyama & Teshima Architects and Smok Architecture; BOTTOM: Massey Hall dance floor by Salina Kasem

The deadline for submitting your project to the Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence and Image Excellence Awards is fast approaching. Projects in the design phase or under construction are due to be submitted on Monday, September 11, 2023.

This is also the deadline for submitting the best architectural portrait of a Canadian building—professionals, non-professionals, and students are welcome to enter.

Here is a look at some of our winning entries from past years.

Recipient of the 2022 Canadian Architect Excellence Award

In 2021, the Chingwauk Children’s Alumni Association and AlgoWhat university held a design competition for Moka Wakagan Indigenous Center for Cultural Excellence, which will be built next to Shinjuake Hall, a former residential school. It was conceived as a place for truth-telling, healing, Teaching and learning, culture preservation and transformation. The winning design team of architects Moriyama & Teshima and Smoke Architecture aspire to design a campus portal that embodies the promise of the possibility of reconciliation, promoting the universal principles of respect for each other and the planet.

Recipient of the Canadian Architect Excellence Award 2021

Designed by Revery Architects Inc., The Butterfly and FBC (First Baptist Church) combines a downtown Vancouver church with a new residential tower. “How do we bring the funky design to the towers? This is a 57-storey building It essentially eliminates interior corridor space, rather than including exterior space “A breeze way that extends vertically to a very long elevation,” the jury wrote. “This provides natural ventilation and a shared connection to the outdoors through the core of the building, and provides the possibility of cross-ventilation at higher elevations. It is an innovative step that pushes the boundaries of tower typology.”

Recipient of the Canadian Architect’s Award of Merit 2020

Shefford Primary School, designed by Pelletier de Fontenay + Leclerc Architectes, has been shortlisted for an award in the 2020 cycle. Part of Lab-École Quebec’s initiative to improve the province Schools This design for a new elementary school in Eastern Townships encourages its students to develop as physically active, intellectually engaged, and community-minded youth. “Clustering classes gives the big school a smaller feel, and it gives the students a sense of identity,” commented jury member Susan Fitzgerald.

Winner of the 2020 Canadian Architect Portrait Excellence Award

Salina’s photo section titled Massey Hall Dance Floorwon first prize in the Excellence in Image Awards 2020. “We’ve finished our share of construction site photos, which isn’t always easyTo understand the chaos of that environment. And it does so in a beautiful and clever way. There is something very refreshing about it “A portrait so real and so raw, yet so beautiful and communicative,” wrote the juror Yunus Banhar.

You can view an archive of more past winners here.

Here are some tips for preparing your submission, and information about our Excellence in Photography Awards.

To learn more about our jurors, visit www.canadianarchitect.com/meet-the-jury-2023/

For more information and to enter, visit www.canadianarchitect.com/awards

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