Eight projects and individuals are receiving 2019 RAIC Awards of Excellence, reflecting outstanding achievement in architecture through innovation, green building, allied arts, advocacy, and journalism.
The awards, given out every two years, will be presented at the RAIC Festival of Architecture in Toronto, taking place October 26 to 30, 2019.
“This year’s projects demonstrate that delightful environments are possible in buildings designed towards zero carbon,” said Cox. “For example, we see innovation applied to extend the structural capacity of timber, the cleaning abilities of biological systems, and the thermal performance of construction,” says RAIC president Michael Cox, FRAIC.
The Green Building award goes to the Campus Energy Centre at the University of B.C., designed by Dialog. The award, given by RAIC and the Canada Green Building Council, recognizes outstanding achievement in buildings that are environmentally responsible and promote the health and wellbeing of users.
This state-of-the-art hot water facility supports the university’s target of eliminating the use of fossil fuels on campus by 2050. The centre uses almost 63 per cent less energy and 31 per cent less water than a baseline building of its type.
The pool in Borden Park, Edmonton is an Innovation in Architecture award medal recipient. Designed by gh3, the pool is the first chemical-free public outdoor pool in Canada. The design process involved developing a pool technology that cleanses water through stone, gravel, sand, and botanic filtering processes.
Architect Brent Bellamy of Number TEN Architectural Group based in Winnipeg is the recipient of the 2019 Advocate for Architecture award. The award celebrates an individual who has made a public contribution to architecture in Canada by means other than the practice of architecture. It recognizes a long-term commitment to the profession at a national, regional or local level.
Bellamy has become a leading advocate for sustainable city building and human-focused design through public speaking, teaching, mentoring, writing, and conventional and social media. Since 2010, Brent has contributed a regular column to the Winnipeg Free Press, and his political engagement has brought opportunities to influence public policy.