AIA selects George Baird recipient of 2012 Topaz Medallion

Cornell Plantations Welcome Center © Tom Arban

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors and the Association of Collegiate Schools for Architecture (ACSA) has selected George Baird, Intl. Assoc. AIA recipient of the 2012 AIA/ACSA Topaz Award for excellence in architectural education. Baird is known for his extensive association with the University of Toronto’s architecture school and for being one of ’s most celebrated architects. His award-winning firm Baird Sampson Neuert was founded in in 1972.

Cornell Plantations Welcome Center / Baird Sampson Neuert Architects

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Architect: Baird Sampson Neuert Architects
Location: Cornell Plantations, , New York, USA
Project Team: Jon Neuert (Partner-in-Charge),Yves Bonnardeaux (Project Architect) and Project Team: Harvey Wu, Andrea Macecek, Ian Douglas, Teddy Benedicto, Winda Lau, Cyril Charron, Hugh Clark, Jesse Dormody
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 5,900 sqf
Photographs: Tom Arban

Thomas L. Wells Public School / Baird Sampson Neuert Architects

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Architects: Baird Sampson Neuert Architects
Location: , Ontario, Canada
Project Team: Barry Sampson, Seth Atkins, Geoffrey Thün, Ian Douglas, Yves Bonnardeaux, Mauro Carreño, Gregory Reuter, McMichael Ruth, Andria Vacca, Colin Ripley, Jason Lee
Contractor: Struct-Con Construction
Project Year: 2005
Project Area: 6,108 sqm
Photographs: Tom Arban

Old Post Office Plaza / Baird Sampson Neuert Architects

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The winning design of an international competition, Old Post Office Plaza serves as an urban catalyst for revitalization while forming an iconic event space for downtown St. Louis. Inspired by a large public sculpture, “the Torso of Icaro” by noted sculptor Igor Mitoraj and donated for installation in the project, the design creates a three dimensional armature of spaces and program that spiral upward and around the work to explore the deeper structure of ideas that the myth of Daedelus and Ikarus evokes. Not only was Daedalus the key protagonist of one of the great narratives of flight and fall, he was associated with early manifestations of public space and public art in ancient Greece, as an archetypal architect and sculptor.

Architect: Baird Sampson Neuert Architects
Location: St. Louis, Missouri,
Project Team: Barry Sampson (project director), Jon Neuert (project advisor), Mauro Carreno (project coordinator), Yves Bonardeaux, Winda Lau, Adrian Phiffer
Landscape Architect: ARCTURIS
Structural Engineer: Blackwell Bowick
US Structural Reps: Optimal Engineering Solutions Inc.
Civil and Electrical Engineer: EDM Incorporated
Quantity Surveyor: Vermeulens Cost Consultants
Water Feature: Water Architecture
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Sam Fentress, BSN / Zero Fractal, Debbie Franke

French River Visitor Centre / Baird Sampson Neuert Architects

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Architects: Baird Sampson Neuert Architects
Location: Alban, Ontario,
Project Director: Jon Neuert
Project Advisor: Barry Sampson
Project Coordinator: Geoff Thün (Building Design), Dieter Janssen (Exhibit Design), Greg Reuter (Construction)
Project Team: Mauro Carreño, Barry Sampson (exhibit design), Jennifer Anderson, Seth Atkins, Mark Martin, Jose Uribe, Nene Stout
Structural Engineering: Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd.
Mechanical Engineering: The Mitchell Partnership
Electrical Engineering: Mulvey + Banani International Inc.
Exhibit Design: with Philip Beesley Architect Inc.
Sustainability: Dr. Ted Kesik with Baird Sampson Neuert Architects
Interpretive Planning: Apropos Planning
Landscape Architecture: Harrington + Hoyle Ltd.
Quantity Surveyor: Curran McCabe Ravindran Ross Inc.
Builder: KONA Builders Ltd.
Site Area: 8,700 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Tom Arban