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KPMB Architects’ 2020 Architectural Awards

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December 18, 2020

In 2020, despite the global pandemic, the RAIC, Architectural Record, OAA, Canadian Architect, Azure, The Architect’s Newspaper and World Architecture News marched on with their awards programs recognizing that architecture matters and will matter even more in our post-pandemic future. The awards always give us an opportunity to celebrate the vision of our clients and the talent and expertise of our teams. Thank you and congratulations to all!

2020 Awards

Governor General’s Medals in Architecture – RAIC: Remai Modern

OAA Design Excellence Awards: Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, University of Pennsylvania, and The Brearley School

Canadian Architect Design Award of Excellence: CAMH Research Centre

Canadian Architect Design Award of Merit: Boston University, Center for Computing & Data Sciences

Canadian Architect Photo Award: Massey Hall Renovation and Expansion

AZ Awards – Environmental Leadership: Isttaniokaksini/Science Commons at the University of Lethbridge

The Architect’s Newspaper – Best of Design Awards: Isttaniokaksini/Science Commons at the University of Lethbridge

World Architecture News Award – Gold, Education Category: Isttaniokaksini/Science Commons at the University of Lethbridge

Judges comments on various awards:

“…. A monumental statement about the continuing importance of art in Saskatoon…. cantilevered boxes showcase acrobatic engineering…and reach out to the sides of the site to capture views across the landscape to the South Saskatchewan River.” – Jury Comment, Good Design is Good Business Awards

“The addition is deeply responsive to the heritage context, yet frankly contemporary in look and feel.” – Jury Comment, OAA Awards of Excellence

“This is a big building that seems comfortable, with qualities of delicacy and softness. It brings something quiet….The facade moves in and out, allowing the park to terrace through the building. It is also the most successful integration of mass timber that we saw among the entries.” –Stephan Chevalier, juror, Canadian Architect Design Awards

“This is a very ambitious project that strives to be 100 percent free of fossil fuels. It’s also fitting into an established context, and does so quite elegantly. The interior brings together people and data, while encouraging them to engage with surrounding activities and public space. The building manages to balance its context, sustainability concerns, and the creation of a legible form, while also making an interesting envelope.” –Susan Fitzgerald, juror, Canadian Architect Design Awards

“An elegant and beautifully detailed glass building that … hovers over the glacial landscape.” – Jury Comment, WAN Awards