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RAIC announces 2019 winners for three architectural awards

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RAIC announces 2019 winners for three architectural awards

OTTAWA — The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has announced the 2019 recipients of three awards: the Young Architect Award, the Architectural Firm Award and the Emerging Architectural Practice Award.

The Young Architect Award was presented to Ken Borton of Winnipeg and Jessie Andjelic of Calgary. The award recognizes architects 40 years or younger for excellence in design, leadership and service to the profession, indicates a RAIC release, adding it is intended to inspire architectural graduates to become licensed and to strive for excellence in their work.

Borton has worked for the Winnipeg firm 5468796 for 11 years and in that time has been a design and project architect on various award-winning projects, including Bloc_10, James Avenue Pumping Station, Guertin Boatport, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria design competition, as well as contributing to nearly all the office’s projects. Borton has also taught and curated several architectural exhibits.

Andjelic co-founded the SPECTACLE Bureau for Architecture and Urbanism in Calgary in 2013 and works as a design studio sessional instructor at the University of Calgary. She also regularly lectures on architecture and urbanism, mentors intern architects and volunteers with various organizations.

The Architectural Firm Award was presented to LGA Architectural Partners based in Toronto. The award recognizes the achievements of a firm for its quality of architecture, service to clients and innovations in practice. It also considers the firm’s contribution to architectural education and professional organizations, as well as public recognition, the release states.

LGA, founded in 1989, has received numerous design awards including a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture and an RAIC Award of Excellence for Innovation. The firm’s contribution to education includes a scholarship for an Indigenous architecture student at Laurentian University, teaching, lecturing, and mentoring, adds the release. The partners are Janna Levitt, FRAIC, Dean Goodman, MRAIC, Brock James, MRAIC, and Danny Bartman.

The Emerging Architectural Practice Award, presented to UUfie of Toronto, recognizes the principals of an emerging architectural practice that has consistently produced distinguished architecture. The award also recognizes the quality of built work, service to clients, innovations in practice, and public recognition, the release notes.

UUfie is an interdisciplinary architecture studio founded in 2009 in Tokyo, Japan by Irene Gardpoit, MRAIC, and Eiri Ota which moved to Toronto in 2013. UUfie’s work spans art, architecture, landscape, furniture and product design and has involved collaborators from Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Italy and Japan. A recurring theme in their work is the natural world.

Jury members to determine the award winners includes David Pontarini, FRAIC, founding partner, Hariri Pontarini Architects, 2013 RAIC Architectural Firm Award, Toronto; Gilles Saucier, FIRAC, co-founder, Saucier+Perrotte Architectes, 2018 RAIC Gold Medalist, Montreal; Luc Bouliane, MRAIC, co-founder, Lebel + Bouliane, 2018 RAIC Young Architect Award, Toronto; Samuel Oboh, PP/FRAIC, principal, Architecture AECOM, 2015 RAIC President, Edmonton; and Rayleen Hill, MRAIC, founder, Rayleen Hill Architecture + Design, (RHAD Architects), Halifax.

The annual awards will be presented at the RAIC Festival of Architecture in Toronto, taking place Oct. 26 to 30.

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