Jury for the architectural design competition for Block 2

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About the jury

On February 1, 2021, we announced that an independent jury would evaluate the designs generated by the block 2 redevelopment project. The jury examined and evaluated the design concepts submitted during the design competition and recommended the prize winners to the department. After that, we awarded prizes for the 3 best designs.

The jury was made up of:

  • national and international design professionals
  • members of Canadian academia
  • members of Canadian civil society
  • members of Parliament

With diverse backgrounds, each member brought their own unique perspective and insights to the process. The jury worked to choose an innovative and creative design solution that will complement the image of Canada and its capital on the world stage.

The jury was supported by technical experts, including experts in:

  • urban planning
  • built heritage
  • structural design
  • sustainability
  • accessibility

In April 2021, the jury convened and endorsed the following roles:

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) oversaw the overall competition process. As part of that role, the RAIC oversaw the selection of the jury.

Report from the jury

The jury produced a formal report after the design competition. The report:

  • presents the jury members
  • explains the way the jury did its work
  • tells how the jury made its recommendations
  • describes the discussions the jury had about each proposal

You can read the report on the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada site.

Report from the jury for the architectural design competition for Block 2

Jury members

The jury was composed of 25 members, including 22 national and international design professionals, respected members of Canadian academia and civil society, and 3 parliamentary representatives.

Izabel Amaral

Izabel Amaral

Izabel Amaral, Academic
Sudbury, Canada

Izabel Amaral is an Adjunct Professor at the McEwan School of Architecture at Laurentian University. She is a Brazilian architect living in Canada since 2005. She earned her PhD from the University of Montréal with a thesis on the topic of architectural competitions. Her research focuses on:

  • Canadian architectural competitions and awards
  • the relationship between building construction, sustainability and aesthetics through a cultural approach

Izabel has published articles that address construction as a cultural mode of expression. She has private sector experience with Canadian architectural competitions. Izabel also has private sector experience as a practising architect in her native country, including three years as partner at two architecture firms. She has taught in Brazil, Quebec and Ontario.

Anne Bordeleau

Anne Bordeleau

Anne Bordeleau, Architect, Academic
Waterloo, Canada

Anne Bordeleau is O’Donovan Director of the School of Architecture of the University of Waterloo. She is a registered architect in Quebec (OAQ) and holds a PhD in architecture from the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies (University College London, United Kingdom). Anne published articles in many international journals on the temporal dimensions of casting, drawings, maps, buildings and architecture. Her publications include a monograph, Charles Robert Cockerell, Architect in Time: Reflections around Anachronistic Drawings, and a co-authored book and exhibition, The Evidence Room, prepared for the 15th Venice Biennale in 2016. Anne is fundamentally interested in architecture as a cultural act, a commitment that informs her research as much as her approach to education.

Geneviève Cadieux

Geneviève Cadieux

Geneviève Cadieux, Visual Artist
Montréal, Canada

Geneviève Cadieux is an influential figure in Canadian art. Her work includes installations that test the limits of the photographic medium while addressing the themes of the human body and the landscape in their mutual implication.

Since 2003, Geneviève has been producing large-scale photographic public artwork in urban spaces. These works are redefining the photographic object in its architectural setting.

In 2011, Geneviève received a Governor General’s award in visual and media arts. She was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2014 and was granted the Prix Paul-Émile Borduas in 2018. Her work has been widely exhibited across Canada, the United States, South America, Australia, Europe and Japan. She represented Canada at the Venice Biennale. She is an Associate Professor in Studio Arts at Concordia University in Montréal.

Christina Cameron

Christina Cameron

Christina Cameron, Professor Emeritus
Ottawa, Canada

Christina Cameron held the Canada Research Chair in Built Heritage at the University of Montréal from 2005 to 2019, where she directed a research program on heritage conservation in the School of Architecture. She previously served as a heritage executive with Parks Canada for more than 35 years. She has worked with the World Heritage Convention since 1987, chairing the Committee in 1990 and 2008 and co-authoring Many Voices, One Vision: The Early Years of the World Heritage Convention (2013).

In 2007, she received the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Public Service of Canada, the country’s highest recognition for public service. She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2014 and awarded the Prix du Quebec Gérard-Morisset in 2018 for her contributions to heritage conservation in Canada and abroad. She completed mandates as Chair of the Canadian Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and Chair of the National Capital Commission’s Advisory Committee on the Official Residences of Canada.

Brian Cody

Brian Cody

Brian Cody, Engineer, Academic
Vienna, Austria

Professor Brian Cody is Head of the Institute of Buildings and Energy at Graz University of Technology and Chief Executive Officer of the consulting firm Energy Design Cody. He is also visiting professor and head of the energy design unit at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. His focus in research, teaching and practice is on maximizing the energy performance of buildings and cities.

Brian is a chartered engineer with over 30 years of experience in the analysis and design of energy-efficient cities, buildings and systems. Prior to his appointment at Graz University of Technology in 2003, he was associate director of the international engineering consultancy Arup and design leader of their offices in Germany. In 2014, his contribution to the design of the North Rhine Westphalia state archive building in Duisburg, Germany, was recognized with the Balthasar Neumann European Award for Architecture and Engineering. Professor Cody serves as member on many advisory boards and juries and is author of the book Form follows Energy, published in 2017. Brian speaks fluent English, German and Turkish.

Carmela Cucuzzella

Carmela Cucuzzella

Carmela Cucuzzella, Associate Professor
Montréal, Canada

Carmela Cucuzzella is an Associate Professor in the Design and Computation Arts department at Concordia University. She is the Research Chair in Integrated Design and Sustainability for the Built Environment and Co-Director of the Next-Generation Cities Institute.

Carmela earned a PhD in Environmental Design from the University of Montréal.

Her research focuses on:

  • sustainable design for urban living
  • integrated environmental design methods
  • environmental and social life cycle analysis

Carmela has recently published two books on the theory and methodological pluralism of sustainable architecture. She has also organized a number of student design competitions.

Robert Eastwood

Robert Eastwood

Robert Eastwood, Architect (retired from practice)
Winnipeg, Canada

Robert Eastwood led one of Winnipeg’s largest architectural practices until 2016. Robert served as an external advisor and selection committee member for the call for architectural services for the new Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility.

During his 42 years in the industry, Robert led many of the larger and more complex projects at his firm. He was head of the firm’s institutional studio. He focused on major public projects, including the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

Robert believes in making a commitment to the community and to his profession. He has served on local and national committees for architects for over 30 years. He was also part of several arts and community boards.

David Fortin

David Fortin

David Fortin, Architect, Academic
Sudbury, Canada

David Fortin is the founder and principal architect of David T. Fortin Architect Inc. He is also an Associate Professor and the current Director of the Laurentian University McEwen School of Architecture in Sudbury, Ontario.

David is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario. He is a part of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Indigenous Task Force. David was also co-curator of “UNCEDED: Voices of the Land”, Canada’s official entry at the 2018 Venice Biennale in Italy. He has led various community-based studio and design-build projects in Kenya, the United States and Canada.

Bruce Haden

Bruce Haden

Bruce Haden, Architect, Urban Designer
Vancouver, Canada

Bruce Haden is an Architect and Urban Designer with 35 years of professional experience. He cofounded the Vancouver-based Human Studio after being a principal at Dialog (formerly Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden).

Bruce has taught at the University of British Columbia (UBC), written and spoken widely and received numerous awards for his architectural projects. The most prominent of these is the Governor General’s and Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Innovation Medal winning Nk’ Mip Desert Cultural Centre. Other notable projects include the UBC Student Nest and his role leading the Dialog work with BIG on Vancouver House for the design phase of the project.

He has twice chaired the City of Vancouver Urban Design Panel and helped Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto set up design review panels.

Bruce’s most recent jury work was acting as Jury Chair of the Missing Middle housing design competition on behalf of the Urbanarium, a Vancouver-based urban education non-profit that he helped establish.

The jury endorsed Bruce to serve as chairperson in the Block 2 architectural design competition.

Peter Herrndorf

Peter Herrndorf

Peter Herrndorf, Media Leader
Ottawa, Canada

Peter Herrndorf was the past President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Arts Centre and the former Chairman and CEO of TV Ontario. He also worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for almost 18 years, eventually becoming Vice President and General Manager of English Language Radio and Television.

He served on a number of broadcasting and arts boards, including being the Chair of the Stratford Festival, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Luminato International Arts Festival and the Canadian Stage company, and held a five-year term as a director on the CBC Board.

The Globe and Mail selected Peter as one of Canada’s 50 “nation builders”. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of Ontario.

Peter is a graduate of the Dalhousie Law School in Halifax and had an MBA from the Harvard Business School in Boston. He was awarded nine honorary degrees from Canadian universities and was a Senior Resident at Massey College at the University of Toronto.

Piita Irniq

Piita Irniq

Piita Irniq, Former Commissioner to Nunavut, Artist
Ottawa, Canada

Piita Irniq was Commissioner of Nunavut from 2000 to 2005. Before that, Piita was Executive Assistant Commissioner of the Northwest Territories from 1974 to 1975. He represented the Keewatin region in the Council of the Northwest Territories from 1975 to 1979. He was Director of the Inuit Cultural Institute in 1992. In 1998, he was appointed Nunavut’s Deputy Minister of Culture, Language, Elders, and Youth.

Piita is a member of the Survivor’s Circle of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. He actively promotes the Inuktitut language and the inclusion of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, Inuit traditional knowledge.

He is recognized internationally for his inukshuks in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

Matthew Kreilich

Matthew Kreilich

Matthew Kreilich, Architect
Minneapolis, United States

Matthew Kreilich is design principal and partner of Snow Kreilich Architects in Minneapolis. His leadership in design is recognized both locally and nationally. He received the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Young Architect Award. Among others, he was also recognized with the following:

  • Minneapolis/St. Paul’s Business Journal Top 40 under 40
  • the National AIA Honor Award
  • the Progressive Architecture Award

Matthew continues to balance practice and academic endeavours. He recently taught graduate design studios at the University of Minnesota and Syracuse University. He participated in design reviews at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and at Washington University in St. Louis.

Matthew continues to dedicate time back to the profession by serving on national AIA award juries and presenting at universities, national conventions and professional organizations. He is currently on the board of the Minnesota Architectural Foundation, advancing scholarship opportunities for the next generation of architects.

Elsa Lam

Elsa Lam

Elsa Lam, Architectural Journalist, Historian
Toronto, Canada

Elsa Lam is Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Architect magazine. She holds a PhD in architectural history and theory from Columbia University. Her dissertation, “Wilderness Nation: Building Canada’s Railway Landscapes, 1885-1929,” won the 2012 Phyllis Lambert Prize from the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada. Elsa also holds a master’s degree in architectural history and theory from McGill University and a bachelor’s degree in pre-professional architecture from the University of Waterloo.

Elsa is co-editor of the book Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the present (Princeton Architectural Press, 2019). She has worked on the curatorial team at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. In 2018, she was named as a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Dorte Mandrup

Dorte Mandrup

Dorte Mandrup, Architect, Professor
Copenhagen, Denmark

Dorte Mandrup is the founder and Creative Director of her Copenhagen-based studio in Denmark. She has a hands-on approach to architecture and is widely recognized for her context-specific designs and exploration of materials. As a consistent critic, Dorte Mandrup is well known for her commitment to the development of the architectural practice and frequent participation in public debates. She is Vice Chairman of the Board of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, member of the Historic Buildings Council and Honorary Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Architecture, Design and Conservation, and holds frequent visiting professorships abroad, most recently at Cornell University Collage of Architecture, Art and Planning, and later this year at Accademia di Architettura de Mendrisio.

Dorte Mandrup’s forte is designing for complex and challenging sites with an insightfulness that addresses environmental and societal contexts. For this, she has received national and international acclaim. Through her work, she has, amongst others, received the Berlin Art Prize (2019), the Finn Juhl Award (2018), the Danish National Bank Honorary Prize (2016) and the C.F. Hansen Medal (2008). Dorte Mandrup has been a jury member for numerous architecture competitions and awards. In 2019, she was Chair of the prestigious Mies van der Rohe Award, and this year, jury member for Canada’s Governor General’s Medal in Architecture.

Brian McDougall

Brian McDougall

Brian McDougall, Public Works Manager, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation
Kitigan Zibi, Canada

Brian McDougall is a member of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation community. He is responsible for planning, organizing and supervising the public infrastructure projects and operations and maintenance of public utilities in Kitigan Zibi.

Brian has worked at the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council. His main duties included providing technical support to engineers in community planning and design for the Algonquin communities within the Council. He sat on committees that reviewed and evaluated proposals, hired professionals and provided advice to communities regarding construction and renovations of buildings and infrastructure. Over the course of his career, Brian worked for a number of construction companies and contractors in various capacities.

Brian graduated from the Construction/Civil Engineering Technology program at Algonquin College.

Anne McIllroy

Anne McIllroy

Anne McIllroy, Architect, Urban Designer
Toronto, Canada

Anne McIllroy is the Principal Architect and Urban Designer at the Toronto-based firm Brook McIllroy. The firm specializes in:

  • architecture
  • urban design
  • landscape architecture
  • Indigenous design

She has been involved in a wide range of projects, including:

  • developing campus plans for 15 institutions across Canada
  • preparing the Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study and other guidelines for the City of Toronto

Anne is Chair of the Toronto Community and Housing Design Review Panel. She is also Vice-Chair of the National Capital Commission Advisory Committee on Planning Design and Realty. She was a juror for urban design award programs in Canada and the United States.

Anne has been invited to deliver guest lectures at universities across Ontario and developed the Introduction to Urban Design course at York University’s School of Planning. In addition to academia, she frequently speaks on the topic of sustainable community design.

The jury endorsed Anne to serve as vice-chair in the Block 2 architectural design competition.

Kevin O’Brien

Kevin O’Brien

Kevin O’Brien, Architect
Brisbane, Australia

Kevin O’Brien is partner of BVN Architects, one of Australia’s largest architectural practices. BVN Architects has studios in Brisbane, Sydney and the city of New York. Kevin comes from the Meriam and Kaurareg People of the Torres Strait in north-eastern Australia. He approaches architecture from a cultural position and an understanding that an idea is required to pursue genuine architecture. For him, that idea is “Finding Country,” the theme of an exhibition shown at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Kevin has designed and collaborated on a number of cultural projects across the world and in Australia. The Australian Institute of Architects presented him with multiple awards.

Lisa Prosper

Lisa Prosper

Lisa Prosper, Scholar, Author
Whitehorse, Canada

Lisa Prosper is a cultural heritage consultant with a particular interest in Indigenous heritage, World Heritage and urban heritage. She has worked with Indigenous communities, governments, heritage organizations and the private sector on a wide range of projects related to the identification, commemoration and conservation of cultural landscapes and other forms of place-based heritage.

Lisa is a former Director of the Willowbank Centre and past member of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and the Ministerial Advisory Committee to renew Canada’s tentative list for World Heritage. She is a current member of the Indigenous Cultural Heritage Advisory Council for Parks Canada and a member of the board of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Canada as well as the International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes.

She holds degrees in art history and heritage conservation and has published and presented extensively on Indigenous heritage. She is a member of the Acadia First Nation and lives in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Sabrina Richard

Sabrina Richard

Sabrina Richard, Arts and Cultural Consultant
St. John’s, Canada

Sabrina Richard brings 20 years of experience in the arts and culture sector, working with leading organizations to define, reimagine and realize cultural spaces. An architect by training, Sabrina has led numerous projects across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, spanning:

  • needs assessments
  • feasibility studies
  • strategic planning
  • community engagement

Sabrina is dedicated to the realization of thoughtful, dynamic and meaningful cultural spaces enriched by:

  • innovative design
  • public engagement
  • community activation
  • inclusive consultation

Sabrina is a co-founder of Bespoke Cultural Collective, a creative consultancy committed to redefining how culture and civic life brings people together. Before co-founding Bespoke, Sabrina was the senior planner at Lundholm Associates Architects, an architectural practice and planning consultancy specializing in museums, archives and cultural institutions.

Sabrina’s scholarly research has been published by the Mellon Foundation and Routledge Press. She is currently a researcher and the community engagement lead on a multi-year grant with Memorial University. The grant is provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Jutta Treviranus

Jutta Treviranus

Jutta Treviranus, Academic
Toronto, Canada

Jutta Treviranus is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre, which she founded in 1993. She is also a professor at Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto, where she established a graduate program in inclusive design. Jutta is the Head of the Inclusive Design Institute and the Co-Director of Raising the Floor International.

Jutta is credited with developing an inclusive design methodology that has been adopted by large enterprise companies such as Microsoft, as well as public digital services like the Canadian Digital Service. Jutta has played a pivotal role in developing international accessibility standards and regulations, such as the:

  • ISO
  • IMS AccessForAll standard
  • W3C Web Accessibility Initiative Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines
  • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

She will contribute her extensive expertise in inclusive design processes and in accessible smart systems.

Kirby Whiteduck

Kirby Whiteduck

Kirby Whiteduck, Former Algonquins of Pikwakanagan Chief, Author
Ottawa, Canada

Kirby Whiteduck served as the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan Chief for six terms, 17 consecutive years, beginning in 2003, where he held portfolios for:

  • negotiations
  • communications
  • finance
  • administration
  • personnel, child and family services

Before that, he held several positions that supported Pikwakanagan and First Nation organizations, including:

  • Manager of Educational Services
  • Manager of Fish And Wildlife Commission
  • Researcher
  • Advisor
  • Land Claim Negotiator

He was also employed by the Union of Ontario Indians, where he researched the Algonquin land claim.

Kirby obtained a bachelor of arts degree in social anthropology from York University and is a Native Counsellor. He is the author of Algonquin Traditional Culture. The book provides details of the traditional culture of the Algonquins of the Kitchissippi Valley, at the early period of European contact.

Richard Young

Richard Young

Richard Young, Architect
Toronto, Canada

As a founding principal of Young + Wright Architects Inc., Robbie/Young + Wright Architects and RAN International, Richard Young has been credited for his leadership and vision. His design direction in areas of laboratory, institutional, sports, residential, and entertainment has internationally established his firm as a world leader in architecture.

Richard is the past President of the RAIC and an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, as well as a Retired Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Throughout his career, Richard was a member of the Architectural Accreditation Task Force and was also the Chairman of the Scarborough Urban Design Awards. He has also been recognized with a number of awards for his work including a Governor General’s Medal and the Gold IDIBC Award.

Parliamentary jurors

There were also three parliamentarians on the jury, each individually representing the Senate of Canada, the House of Commons of Canada, and Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC).

Senator Robert Black

Steven MacKinnon

Senator Robert Black, Chair of the Canadian Senators Group, Senate of Canada
Ontario, Canada

The Honourable Robert Black has worked in the rural, agricultural, and leadership arenas for much of his working career. He has been involved in 4-H for almost 50 years in all aspects of the program, at the local, provincial and national levels and is a Past President of the Canadian 4-H Council.

Senator Black was Ward 5 Representative on Wellington County Council. He has also been Manager of the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund, and President of the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association and the Wellington County Historical Society.

Senator Black worked with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) for 15 years. He was also Executive Director of The Centre for Rural Leadership, which morphed into the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI).

Since his appointment to the Senate in 2018, he has also been passionately dedicated to representing issues of importance to Canadians, such as agriculture, rural community development and leadership development. Senator Black has been the Chair of the Canadian Senators Group (CSG) since its inception.

Senator Black closely follows the activities of the Senate’s Subcommittee on the Long Term Vision and Plan, which oversees the Block 2 redevelopment project.

Anthony Housefather

Donald Plett

Anthony Housefather, Member of Parliament, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Public Services and Procurement
Representing Mount Royal, Canada

Anthony Housefather was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Mount Royal in 2015. He has previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour.

Mr. Housefather has been an elected official for over 25 years. He served as a municipal councillor from 1994 to 2005, and as the Mayor of Côte Saint-Luc from 2005 to 2015.

Mr. Housefather holds a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Laws from McGill University, and a Master of Business Administration from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business. He worked at Dialogic Corporation, a multinational technology company, where he rose through the ranks to become Executive Vice-President of Corporate Affairs and General Counsel.

Mr. Housefather is active in his community, having served as a volunteer for many years with a number of community organizations. He is also a member of the local drama society and swim team. His performance in swimming earned him 7 medals at the 2013 Maccabiah Games and 5 medals at the 2017 Maccabiah Games. The Maccabiah Games is an international multi-sport competition held every 4 years in Israel.

Bruce Stanton

Bruce Stanton

Bruce Stanton, Former Member of Parliament, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada

Mr. Stanton is the former Member of Parliament for the central Ontario riding of Simcoe North from 2006 to 2021. He was also Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole for the 43rd Parliament. He also held this position in the 42nd Parliament from 2015 to 2019.

Mr. Stanton was also chair of the working group on the Long Term Vision and Plan and the Centre Block rehabilitation until August 2021.

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