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KPMB and West 8 Selected to Redesign Toronto Ferry Terminal

KPMB Architects, West 8 and Greenberg Consultants have been announced as winners of a competition to revitalize Toronto's Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbor Square Park. The winning proposal, "Harbour Landing" envisions a terminal embedded within the surrounding park and topped with a lush public green space that expands the waterfront park. 

"The vision for the area will result in a welcoming gateway to the Toronto Islands – one of the City's most unique and cherished parks – with amenities and infrastructure to support the approximately 1.3 million visitors who use the ferry each year," said competition organizers, Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto in a press release. 

3 New Films Showcase 7 Architects Redefining the Role of Women in Architecture

"I cannot, in whole conscience, recommend architecture as a profession for girls. I know some women who have done well at it, but the obstacles are so great that it takes an exceptional girl to make a go of it. If she insisted on becoming an architect, I would try to dissuade her. If then, she was still determined, I would give her my blessing–she could be that exceptional one."
– Pietro Belluschi, FAIA from the 1955 New York Life Insurance Company brochure, “Should You Be an Architect?”

With great fanfare, in mid-October 2014 on the opening night of the 6th annual Architecture and Design Film Festival in Manhattan, Festival Director Kyle Bergman announced that the festival’s special focus this year was on women in architecture. “We’ve been wanting to feature women in architecture for a while now,” he told me, “and this year we finally have the films to make that happen,” referring to three new documentaries: Gray Matters (2014), Making Space: 5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture (2014) and Zaha Hadid: Who Dares Wins (2013).

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro Among Shortlist for Vancouver Art Gallery

In an odd twist of fate, the architects of the soon-to-be-demolished American Folk Art Museum, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, and the architects spearheading the MoMA redesign (that will require its demolition), Diller Scofidio + Renfro, will soon compete to design the Vancouver Art Gallery. Joining them on the impressive shortlist are Herzog & de Meuron, KPMB Architects, and SANAA. More after the break.

Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre / KPMB Architects

© Doublespace Photography
© Doublespace Photography
  • Architects: KPMB Architects
  • Location: 200 University Avenue West, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
  • Architect In Charge: Marianne McKenna
  • Area: 26500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Doublespace Photography, James Brittain

© James Brittain © James Brittain © James Brittain © James Brittain

Four Teams Shortlisted to Design New Central Library in Calgary

Four shortlisted teams have been asked to design proposals for a new central library in the Canadian city of Calgary. Selected from 38 submissions, the competing teams of local and international architects will harness the power of platemaking to envision a 280,000 square-foot “landmark” for the East Village Calgary. 

Marianne McKenna Invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada

Marianne Mckenna, OAA, FRAIC, AIA, OC, founding partner of KPMB Architects © Ann Marsden (CNW Group / KPMB Architects)
Marianne Mckenna, OAA, FRAIC, AIA, OC, founding partner of KPMB Architects © Ann Marsden (CNW Group / KPMB Architects)

The Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, has bestowed Officer of the Order of Canada – one of Canada’s highest honors – to Toronto architect Marianne McKenna of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects. Similar to the Order of the British Empire in Britain and the Kennedy Center Honors for artists in the United States, the award recognizes Canadians for a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Office of the Secretary to the Governor General stated:

Block 24E / KPMB Architects

  • Architects: KPMB Architects
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Architecture Of Record: Page + Steele Incorporated
  • Traffic Consultant: LEA Consulting Ltd.
  • Public Art Consultant: Mills & Mills Consulting
  • Shoring: Isherwood Associates
  • Structural Engineer: Yolles Partnership Inc.
  • Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: MCW Consultants Ltd.
  • Landscape Architect: Corban & Goode
  • Facade Consultants: Brook Van Dalen & Associates Limited
  • Code And Life Safety: Larden Muniak Consulting Inc.
  • Surveyor: R. Avis Surveying Inc.
  • Acoustical And Vibration: Aercoustics Engineering Ltd.
  • Elevator Consultant: Soberman Engineering
  • Waste Management: Cini-Little International Inc.
  • Windy Study: Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc. (RWDI)
  • Costing: PCL Constructors Canada Inc
  • Area: 662734.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Tom Arban

© Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban

Maple Leaf Square / KPMB Architects

  • Architects: KPMB Architects
  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Architect Of Record: Page + Steele Inc.
  • Landscape Architect: Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg, NAK Design Group
  • Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: Hidi Rae
  • Wind Consultant: RWDI
  • Structural Engineer: JAP
  • Building Envelope: Brook Van Dalen
  • Leed Consultant: Enermodal
  • Code Consultant: Leber Rubes Inc.
  • Public Art: Karen Mills
  • Acoustics: John Coulter
  • Area: 1135431.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Tom Arban

© Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban

2011 CAE Educational Facility Design Awards

© Eduard Hueber
© Eduard Hueber

AIA recently made us aware of this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The purpose of the design awards program is to identify trends and emerging ideas, honor excellence in planning and design, and disseminate knowledge about best practices in educational and community facilities. Check out the list of 13 after the break, including several of the firms we have previously featured.

Young Centre for the Performing Arts / KPMB Architects

  • Architects: KPMB Architects
  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects
  • Project Team: Thomas Payne, Partner-in-Charge; Christopher Couse, Senior Associate; Mark Jaffar, Project Architect; Goran Milosevic, Kevin Thomas, Anne Lok, Andrea Macaroun, Thom Seto, Krista Clark, Ramon Janer, Clementine Chang, Stephen Kopp, Andrew Sinclair, Carolyn Lee, and Virginia Dos Reis
  • Structural Engineer: Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
  • Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: Crossey Engineering Ltd
  • Heritage Consultants: ERA Architects Inc.
  • Project Manager: PHA Project Management Inc
  • Signage: The Beggarstaff Sisters
  • Theater: Theatre Projects Consultants
  • Acoustics: Aercoustics Engineering Ltd.
  • Performance Sound And Video: Engineering Harmonics
  • Contractor: Dalton Engineering
  • Area: 44000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Tom Arban

© Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban

TIFF Bell Lightbox / KPMB Architects

  • Architects: KPMB Architects
  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects
  • Architect Of Record: Kirkor Architects & Planners
  • Project Team: Bruce Kuwabara, Design partner; Shirley Blumberg, Partner-in-Charge; Luigi LaRocca, Senior Associate; Matthew Wilson, Project Architect; Matt Krivosudsky, Bruno Weber, Brent Wagler, Glenn MacMullin, Andrea Macaroun, Rita Kiriakis, Lilly Liakus, Carolyn Lee, David Poloway ,Tyler Sharp, Debra Fabricus, Claudio Venier, Thom Seto, Walter Gaudet, Krista Clark, Clementine Chang, Winston Chong, Carla Munoz, Elizabeth Paden, Bill Colaco, Nicko Elliot, Norm Li.
  • Structural Engineer: Jablonsky, Ast and Partners
  • Mechanical And Electrical Engineer: Leipciger Kaminker Mitelman
  • Landscape Architect: NAK Design Group
  • Lighting: Pivotal Lighting Group
  • Signage: Gottschalk + Ash
  • Life Safety: Leber Rubes Inc
  • Acoustic: Aercoustics Engineering Ltd & Valcoustics Canada Ltd.
  • A/V: Brian Arnott Associates
  • Theater: Peter Smith Architect Inc.
  • Wind Study: RWDI Consulting Engineers
  • Transportation: Marshall Macklin Monaghan
  • Cost: Helyar & Associates
  • Area: 547000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Maris Mezulis, Tom Arban, Mehrdad Tavakkolian

© Maris Mezulis © Maris Mezulis © Tom Arban © Tom Arban

The Royal Conservatory, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning / KPMB Architects

  • Architects: KPMB Architects
  • Location: 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Theatre Consultant: Anne Minors Performance Consultants
  • Structural Engineer: Yolles, Barry Charnish
  • Electrical Engineer: Crossey
  • Mechanical Engineer: Merber
  • Landscape Architect: Janet Rosenberg & Associates
  • Architectural Lighting: Martin Conboy Lighting Design
  • Signage: Bhandari and Plater Inc.
  • Consulting Heritage Architect: Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd Architects
  • Acousticians: Sound Space Design with Aercoustics Engineering Ltd
  • Cost: Turner & Townsend cm2r Inc.
  • Av: Engineering Harmonics
  • Area: 190000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Eduard Hueber, Tom Arban

© Eduard Hueber © Eduard Hueber © Eduard Hueber © Eduard Hueber

The Gardiner Museum / KPMB Architects

  • Architects: KPMB Architects
  • Location: 111 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7, Canada
  • Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB Architects)
  • Project Team: Bruce Kuwabara (design partner), Shirley Blumberg (partner-in-charge), Paulo Rocha (design/project architect); John Allen, Kevin Bridgman, Steven Casey, Bill Colaco, Ramon Janer, Tom Knezic, Shane O'Neill, Thom Seto, Tyler Sharpe, Javier Uribe
  • Structural Engineer: Halsall Associates Limited
  • Mechanical And Electrical Engineer: Crossey Engineering Ltd.
  • Lighting: Suzanne Powadiuk Design
  • Landscape: NAK Design
  • Fire & Life Safety: Leber / Rubes Inc.
  • Elevators: Soberman Engineering
  • Branding Consultant: Scott Thornley + Company Inc.
  • Food Services: Marrack + Associates
  • Cost: Vermeulens Cost Consultants
  • Area: 46276.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Tom Arban, Shai Gil / Insite Photography, Eduard Hueber

© Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban

The National Ballet School / KPMB Architects

  • Architects: KPMB Architects
  • Location: 400 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2G6, Canada
  • Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB Architects)
  • Urban Planners: Urban Strategies Inc.
  • Structural Engineer: Yolles Partnership Inc.
  • Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Crossey Engineering Ltd.
  • Landscape Architect: The MBTW Group
  • Signage Consultant: Bhandari & Plater Inc.
  • Furniture Consultant: MCD Design Group Ltd.
  • Traffic Consultant: iTrans Consulting Inc.
  • Geotechnical Consultant: Shaheen & Peaker Ltd.
  • Shoring Consultant: RWB Engineering Ltd.
  • Quality Surveyor (Arch/Struc): A.W. Hooker & Associates Ltd.
  • Quality Surveyor (Mech/Elec): Clare Randall-Smith & Ass. Ltd.
  • Arborist: Shady Lane Expert Tree Care Inc.
  • Branding Consultant: Scott Thornley + Company Inc.
  • Av Consultant: Engineering Harmonics
  • Public Art: Catherine Williams Fine Art Consultants Inc.
  • It Consultant: Graycom Analysis
  • Acoustic Consultant: Aercoustics Engineering Ltd.
  • Elevator Consultant: Soberman Engineering Ltd.
  • Land Surveyors: Rabideau & Czerwinski
  • Building Code Consultant: Larden Muniak Consulting Inc.
  • Area: 180000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2005
  • Photographs: Tom Arban, Eduard Hueber

© Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban

RAIC 2011 Awards of Excellence

OMS Stage / 5468796 Architecture © 5468796 Architecture
OMS Stage / 5468796 Architecture © 5468796 Architecture

The RAIC Awards of Excellence recognize distinction in the field of architecture. Awarded categories include Green Buildings and Innovation in Architecture as well as the Architectural Firm Award which was given to Montgomery Sisam Architects. Members of the jury included: Peter Busby, Teresa Coady, Stephen Pope for Green Buildings and Enzo Gardin, Dan Hanganu, Gregory Henriquez for Innovation in Architecture. Recipients and Honorable Mentions for 2011 RAIC Awards of Excellence following the break.

Manitoba Hydro / KPMB Architects

  • Architects: KPMB Architects
  • Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
  • Architects: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (Design Architects) / Smith Carter Architects + Engineers (Executive Architects) / Transsolar (Climate Engineers)
  • Architects Of Record: Smith Carter Architects and Engineers
  • Project Team: Bruce Kuwabara, Luigi LaRocca, John Peterson, Kael Opie, Lucy Timbers, Glenn MacMullin, Ramon Janer, Javier Uribe, Taymoore Balbaa, Steven Casey, Clementine Chang, Chu Dongzhu, Virginia Dos Reis, Andrew Dyke, Omar Gandhi, Bettina Herz, Eric Ho, Tanya Keigan, Steven Kopp, John Lee, Norm Li, Eric Johnson, Andrea Macaroun, Rob Micacchi, Lauren Poon, Rachel Stecker, Matt Storus, Richard Unterthiner, Dustin Valen, Francesco Valente-Gorjup, Marnie Williams, William Wilmotte, Paulo Zasso
  • Client: Manitoba Hydro
  • Area: 64590.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Gerry Kopelow

© Gerry Kopelow © Gerry Kopelow © Gerry Kopelow © Gerry Kopelow