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Waterloo Region Architect and Graduates Shine!

Rick Haldenby - Associate Professor/O’Donovan Director - University of Waterloo School of Architecture

On Tuesday April 27, 2010 the Governor General Awards in Architecture were handed out and Waterloo Region and graduates of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture were very well represented.

The awards are given bi-annually and represent the highest honour available in design in Canada.  I would proudly point out that only one firm, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects of Toronto, won three awards.  Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe are both graduates of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture (1983).  Kohn Shnier Architects won an award as well. Martin Kohn and John Shnier are both Waterloo Architecture graduates (1981/1980).

Also of interest is the fact that Kuwabara Payne McKenna and Blumberg, designers of the new Michael and Ophelia Lazaridis Centre for Quantum Computing and Nanotechnology and the Balsillie Campus won a Governor General’s Award for the Royal Conservatory of Music on Bloor Street in Toronto.  Saucier and Perrault of Montreal, designers of the original Perimeter Institute building, won two awards.

This is a wonderful reflection on the quality of design in Waterloo Region and the influence we have on the rest of the country through architects educated here.

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