PATRICIA WILLIAMS: Projects located in the province of Ontario were the recipients of half of the 2012 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture. The program recognizes excellence in recently built projects by Canadian architects.
“This year’s recipients showcase truly outstanding contemporary design,” said David Craddock, president of Architecture Canada/RAIC, which administers the program in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts.
Submissions are evaluated on the basis of such criteria as sustainable design, innovation and compatibility with the site.
This year’s winners included:
The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, Ottawa
Maki and Associates, Moriyama & Teshima Architects. Conceived by the Aga Khan as a sanctuary for peace, diplomacy and global pluralism, the delegation building focuses on two symbolic meeting spaces — the glass-ceilinged atrium, inspired by natural stone crystals and Islamic geometries and the open-air courtyard, inspired by the traditional Persian-Islamic walled garden.
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