RAIC recognizes excellence in Canadian architecture

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Ontario Construction Report staff writer

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) recognized 12 projects with the 2022 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture.

The biennial awards recognize and celebrate excellence in recently built—and designed—projects completed by Canadian architects. The 2022 competition continues a tradition initiated by the Massey Medals in 1950, providing an important source of understanding of the nature of Canadian architecture and the regional, cultural, and historic forces expressed in the built environment.

RAIC recognized the following Ontario projects

Winning projects represent a variety of building types and sizes—from a commercial mixed-use space to a cottage to various institutional building configurations. They include a reimagined theatre, a forest pavilion, a stormwater facility, and a history and dialogue centre.

Medals are awarded for excellence in the art of architecture. The jury considers elements such as conceptual clarity, compatibility with the site, detailing, innovation and uniqueness, and sustainable design.

Winning projects come across the country—from five Canadian provinces, along with two recipients from New York and New Jersey, USA.

2022 winners:

  • 60-80 Atlantic Avenue, Toronto – BDP Quadrangle
  • Forest Pavilion, Winnipeg, MB – Public City Architecture
  • Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, Vancouver, BC – Formline Architecture
  • Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building & Louis A. Simpson International Building, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ – KPMB Architects
  • Les Rochers, Bassin, QC – la Shed Architecture
  • Point William Cottage, Muskoka Lakes – Shim-Sutcliffe Architects
  • Reception Pavilion of the Québec National Assembly, Quebec, QC – Provencher_Roy & GLCRM Architects
  • Cherry Street Stormwater Facility, Toronto – gh3* and R.V. Anderson Associates Limited
  • The Brearley School, New York, NY – KPMB Architects
  • The Idea Exchange Old Post Office, Galt, ON – RDH Architects (RDHA)
  • Tom Patterson Theatre, Stratford – Hariri Pontarini Architects
  • Village at the End of the World, Kingsburg, NS – MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

“The projects represented in this year’s recipients of the Governor General’s Medals in Architecture illustrate design excellence in a variety of building typologies through their contextual response, sustainability and creativity,” said John Brown, president of the RAIC. “The thought and consideration of our award-winning Canadian architects taken in each project demonstrates their ability to produce dynamic spaces that are not only beautiful, but enlivening and enriching, enabling us to learn and grow. The RAIC is proud to empower, advocate and celebrate these architects and Canada’s architectural community to create a better world for all.

“As we honor exceptional building across Canada, it seems only fitting to consider how aesthetics, sustainability and price affect both community and the environment,” said Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. “Our heartfelt congratulations and thanks to the 12 remarkable projects selected to receive a 2022 Governor General Medal in Architecture for their substantive contributions to the art of architecture in Canada.

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