WORK IN PROGRESS. Architects Alliance
Based in Toronto, architectsAlliance (aA) thinks and works at a variety of scales. The practice s award-winning projects in Canada, the United States and Europe range from individual academic buildings to entire campuses, from private houses to large-scale residential developments, and from individual buildings and public spaces to mixed use developments that transform an entire precinct.
While the practice s portfolio includes many individual schemes, it is aA s contribution to the intensity and vitality of cities that is of particular interest. Each of the practice s architecture and urban design projects is a conscious act of city building, articulating a compelling and appropriate response to context; a convincing and urbane response to density that enriches both the public realm and the individual s experience of urban life.
Like the urban landscape, aA and its projects are Work in Progress. The first full study of the practice will feature more than 20 designs and completed projects, including the Terrence Donnelly C entre for Cellular and B iomolecular Research for the University of Toronto, the Brock University Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex, student housing for Toronto s York University, the renovation and expansion of the Canadian Chancery in The Netherlands, the North Point residential development in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Athletes Village for the 2015 PanAm / Parapan Games, and many of the practice s residential schemes that are playing a major role in the current evolution of Toronto s cityscape.
Baird is consulting firm, Baird Sampson Neuert is the winner of numerous design awards, including Canadian Architect magazine awards over many years, and The Governor General s Awards for Cloud Gardens Park in 1994 and Erindale Hall on the campus of the University of Toronto at Mississauga in 2006. Baird is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He has been the recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation s Architecture and Design Award 1992 and the Da Vinci Medal of the Ontario Association of Architects 2000.
His writings include Meaning in Architecture, co-edited with Charles Jencks 1969, and with Mark Lewis of Queues, Rendezvous, Riots, 1995. He is author of Alvar Aalto, 1969, and The Space of Appearance, 1995. Most recently, his research in architectural theory has focused on the question of the political and social status of urban public space, and on debates revolving around the subject of critical architecture . In this regard, his much discussed essay: Criticality and Its Discontents was published in the Harvard Design Magazine in autumn 2004, and his subsequent text: The Criticality Debate: Some Further Thoughts appeared in September in T/A Magazine, Shanghai.
> Peter Clewes has established a reputation as one of Canada s most adventurous architects, behind some of the most innovative residential buildings in North America. His cutting-edge residential projects have been published internationally, and have received awards from the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), Canadian Architect, and the City of Toronto.
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