The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has selected La SHED Architecture as the recipient of its 2016 Emerging Architectural Practice Award. The small, nine-person office in Montreal is known for designing "fresh, contemporary houses inspired by the informal qualities," says the RAIC. It was founded in 2011 by University of Montreal graduates Renée Mailhot, MRAIC, Sébastien Parent and Yannick Laurin.
“This is a recently created firm that has developed a coherent and consistent body of high-quality architectural work in a rapid time frame,” said the five-member jury. “It has achieved this while often working within limited budgets.”
“La Shed has found a way to produce great work in a market in which architectural success is often elusive – the small home renovation,” said RAIC President Allan Teramura, FRAIC. “Their accessible designs reflect the life circumstances of their clients while achieving a high level of design character... One imagines that working with them is also a lot of fun.”
The Emerging Architectural Practice Award recognizes the principals of an emerging architectural practice that has consistently produced distinguished architecture. Theaward recognizes the quality of built work, service to clients, innovations in practice and public recognition.
The award will be presented at a ceremony at the RAIC Festival of Architecture, which takes place in Nanaimo from June 8 to 11.