Ontario Association of Architects: OAA Announces its 2024 Design Excellence Awards Finalists

Excerpt from Ontario Association of Architects | Press Release, Photo by: Nic Lehoux | March 14, 2024

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) is thrilled to announce the 20 Finalists for its 2024 Design Excellence Awards. The Boston University Center for Computing and Data Sciences was selected as a finalist.

Chosen by a jury of respected design experts, this year's collection features a diverse range of building types, including sustainably designed community centres, schools and learning facilities, residences, and an indoor horticultural attraction, as well as performing arts venues in Sudbury and New York City. These Finalists serve as the shortlist for the OAA’s Design Excellence Awards category; the 10 winners will be announced next month and honoured at the OAA Conference in Niagara Falls in May.

The biennial OAA Design Excellence Awards program offers Ontario practices the opportunity to display the transformative influence of architecture, promoting broader public recognition and appreciation for the field.

“I am delighted to be able to share these stunning projects with the public,” says OAA President Settimo Vilardi. “Our architecture community is truly exceptional, pushing boundaries and shaping the landscape of the built environment in Ontario and beyond. Congratulations to the 20 Design Excellence Awards Finalists—your work serves as an inspiring testament to the exceptional talent within our industry."

Selected from 100 eligible submissions, the 20 Finalists were judged on criteria such as creativity, context, sustainability, good design/good business, and legacy. Submissions also required disclosure of Energy Use Intensity (EUI) metrics, reflecting the OAA’s dedication to advance climate action in the public’s interest and ensuring sustainable, resilient design remains a critical aspect of every successful project.

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