Vancouver, B.C. — The winners of the 2019 Architectural Awards were announced at a ceremony held on November 4, 2019. Eight awards were presented in four categories, representing outstanding and exceptional work from the architectural community in British Columbia. Projects hailed from across the province and around the world – from an art gallery in North Vancouver, to an opera house in Hong Kong and place of contemplation in Kootenay Bay. While there was an impressive range of projects, the calibre of each building elevated the built environment in a significant and substantial way.
Debuting this year, the Architecture Foundation of B.C. (AFBC) hosted the awards program, with interim assistance from the Architectural Institute of B.C. (AIBC), who previously ran the program. Transferring the program to the AFBC was made possible given a revitalized relationship between the two organizations whose mandates are separate and distinct.
“Raising awareness of architecture and design is one of the Foundation’s goals, so taking on the Architectural Awards Program was a perfect fit,” shared Architecture Foundation of B.C. chair Veronica Gillies. “The recipients awarded at this year’s ceremony certainly speak to excellence in the built environment across the province, as well as abroad.”
The Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Awards in Architecture recognize excellence in completed architectural projects led or designed by AIBC members. Two projects received the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture – Medal:
Three projects received the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Awards in Architecture – Merit:
The Innovation Award recognizes achievements that are not strictly ‘architectural,’ but that have a direct bearing on the future of architecture in areas such as design, building technology, use of materials and sustainability.
The Special Jury Award is given for exceptional achievement, selected from all awards submissions and determined by the jury.
For more information about the award recipients including project backgrounds and photos, please visit the awards website.
The 2019 AFBC Architectural Awards jury reviewed more than 65 submissions in order to select the award recipients. The acclaimed jury was chaired by Ted Watson Architect AIBC, AAA, OAA, NSAA, International Associate AIA, FRAIC, SCUP, LEED AP. Fellow jury members included Mark Burkart Architect AIBC, AAA, MRAIC; Courtney Healey Architect AIBC; Mahbod Biazi Intern Architect AIBC; Venelin Kokalov; and Ema Peter.
Kim Barnsley Architect AIBC, AFBC Board Member
Architecture Foundation of British Columbia
Elizabeth Woff, Communications Specialist
Architectural Institute of British Columbia
The Architecture Foundation of BC (AFBC), incorporated under the BC Society Act in January of 2001, and formally registered as a public foundation on March 1, 2001, organizes various fundraising events to build a fund from which it can provide grants and contributions to support its mission of promoting awareness, understanding and appreciation of the built environment in British Columbia. For more information about the AFBC, please visit architecturefoundationbc.ca.
The Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) is an independent body with the mandate to regulate the profession of architecture in the interest of the public through a responsive framework. Established in 1920 by provincial statute through the Architects Act, the Institute establishes standards for entry into the profession of architecture, ensures compliance and provides services to support registrants in maintaining credentials and overall professionalism. For more information about the AIBC, please visit aibc.ca.