TORONTO — Hariri Pontarini Architects (HPA) has been recognized by the international Architizer A+ Awards for a body of work dedicated to the cultural sector.
The Toronto practice was chosen as the 2023 A+ Awards Popular Choice winner in the Best Cultural Firm category, stated a release.
“This is very meaningful to us as it speaks directly to the success and enjoyment of the theatres, museums, galleries and sacred spaces we have designed for the people who matter most – our clients and the public,” said Siamak Hariri, a founding partner, in a release.
The A+ Awards sought evidence of completed and current projects from the past decade. During this time, the firm has worked on upgrades to the Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum and the Stratford Festival. HPA’s work on the Baha’i Temple of Chile was awarded an International Prize by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
“We believe that art and cultural institutions should inspire, provoke and unite us in our shared humanity,” said Hariri. “Through an abiding commitment to architecture’s essentials and advancing the possibilities of light, form, material and craft, we design for civic and social engagement, to lift the spirits of the passionate as well as the curious.”
Current projects in HPA’s cultural portfolio include the remaking of Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts; art galleries at York University and Simon Fraser University; the net-zero Pickering Museum Village; and a design for a performing arts centre in Barrie, Ont.