TORONTO — Ian Ellingham is the recipient of the G. Randy Roberts Service Award for exceptional contributions to the membership and profession, particularly his dedication to the Niagara Society of Architects (NSA), the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) announced recently.
The annual G. Randy Roberts Service Award is given to individuals who exemplify care, compassion, integrity, enthusiasm and a sense of humour in their service to the membership.
An esteemed mentor, architect and ambassador for the profession, Ellingham has been involved in the NSA for more than a decade, serving as its chair since 2016.
Ellingham is currently a land economist at the Quartek Group, a design firm based in St. Catharines. Noteworthy contributions to the built environment include his involvement in the creation of more than 20 social housing projects across the province.
Non-profit housing projects with which he has been involved include the non-profit seniors’ centres Suomi-Koti Toronto, Stay at Home in Leaside (SAHIL) and the Momiji Seniors Residence in Toronto as well as Lutheran Homes Niagara in Niagara Falls and Faith Lutheran Villa in St. Catharines, indicates a release.
This year’s Service Awards Jury was impressed by Ellingham’s extensive collection of publications and writings, which have significantly contributed to the public’s understanding of architecture in the Niagara Region and beyond.
Ellingham has spent the majority of his architectural career as a non-traditional practitioner, working behind the scenes as a developer with an emphasis on research and academics.
His research focuses on decision-making in the built environment using real option pricing methods, as well as studying human responses to buildings and urban spaces, adds the release. Published works include Whole Life Sustainability (2013), 100+25 Years: OAA Perspectives on a Quarter Century (2014), and Understanding Ugly: Human Response to Buildings in the Environment, Whole Life Sustainability (2020).
A member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, serving on its Syllabus Program, Ellingham’s career in architecture also includes several accomplishments working with the OAA, including chairing its now-sunset Perspectives magazine committee for more than a decade and previously sitting on the Public Information and Awards Committee throughout the 1990s.
The G. Randy Roberts Service Award, named in honour of the late 2005 OAA president, will be presented to Ellingham on Thursday, June 22 at a special event at Science North’s Vale Cavern in Sudbury that also celebrates the selections of the SHIFT2023 Health and Architecture Challenge. The event is part of the OAA’s Conference, Designing for Dignity.