Which architecture plan for Quebec in this century? : OAQ Competition Finalists
Which architecture plan for Quebec in this century?
OAQ Competition Finalists
J.P., February 5, 2007
The Quebec Order of Architects (OAQ) revealed on January 18, the 30 finalists in the 24th edition of the Architecture Awards of Excellence. This year’s program once again includes the People’s Choice Award - an invitation to the public to vote on the Internet for their coup de cœur project - www.oaq.com - from among those nominated. Activities also include an educational segment for Cycle 3 elementary school children and the public presentation of finalist projects during the Architectural Marathon to be held in Montreal on March 1, 2007 and in Quebec City on April 5, 2007.

Galienne_Moisan_Pavillon Gene H. Kruger_Quebec_Laurent Goulard
Galienne_Moisan_Pavillon Gene H. Kruger_Quebec_Laurent Goulard


From the 94 projects entered, 30 have been chosen as finalists in 12 categories. The jury did not choose a candidate in the “Events Architecture” or “Universal Accessibility” categories because very few projects were submitted. On June 7, 2007, the OAQ will announce the winning projects, the architects and their clients who will be proclaimed winners by the jury in each category and the People’s Choice and Children’s Choice Awards.

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Cardin_Ramirez_CCI_François Bastien_Montreal.


Boutros_Pratte_Adonis_Robert Etcheverry
Boutros_Pratte_Adonis_Robert Etcheverry


The jury for the Architecture Awards of Excellence 2006-2007, chaired by Mexican architect Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta, founder of the BGP Arquitectura firm, is made up of Dinu Bumbaru, policy director at Héritage Montréal and Secretary General of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS); Suzanne Bergeron, Quebec architect; François Séguin, stage designer (representing the public); Isabelle La Fontaine, architect and head of the buildings department of the University of Sherbrooke.

Pavillons Lassonde_Marc Cramer, Alain Laforest, Frédéric Saia_Montreal
Pavillons Lassonde_Marc Cramer, Alain Laforest, Frédéric Saia_Montreal


Jury members were unanimous in their opinions about the choice of finalists. Gomez- Pimienta was emphatic that, “I very much enjoyed the honour of participating as chair of the jury for the Architecture Awards of Excellence of the Quebec Order of architects. The selection process was sometimes difficult given the high quality of the entrants. In all cases, we were unanimous in our choice of finalists and winners.” The jury chair also stated that the jury valued the overall quality of the projects submitted, which was expressed through the diversity of architectural models and imagination and the care taken in completing all the projects. “It should not be forgotten that, behind all good projects, there is a good architect and a good client! The projects we have just seen attest to the fact that Quebec architecture is in the best of health. It also means that we must always be more critical and rigorous when looking at
Quebec architecture,” Gomez-Pimienta concluded.


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ACA_Bibliothèque Jean-Gosselin_Charny_Charles Ferland


Between February 1 and April 30, 2007, the public is invited to vote for their favourite project on the Order of architects (OAQ) Web site (www.oaq.com) in the Prix d’excellence en architecture section. This electronic ballot box will allow surfers from around the world to decide on the People’s Choice Award from among the 30 finalists. For those who want to find out more, the OAQ has planned presentations of the nominated projects, hosted by the architects themselves. These presentation meetings, entitled Architectural Marathons, will take place on March 1, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, and on April 5, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. in Quebec City (location to be determined). There is no entry fee, but you must reserve a place by registering on the OAQ’s Web site.

Faucher Aubertin Brodeur Gauthier_Maison de la Culture Maisonneuve_Steve Monpetit_Montreal
Faucher Aubertin Brodeur Gauthier_Maison de la Culture Maisonneuve_Steve Monpetit_Montreal


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ABCP_Paul Dionne_Marc Parent_Quebec


The children’s choice

The Children’s Choice is an important educational program that was launched as a pilot project in 2003 and then fully integrated into the OAQ’s Architecture Awards program during the 23rdedition. And it’s really growing in popularity! The program was an initiative organized by the OAQ and carried out in close co-operation with architects in many regions of Quebec, and with the support of public and private partners. This year, it has been implemented in five schools: école Nouvelle Querbes in Montreal, école Saint-Roch in Quebec City, école Saint-Sacrement in Trois-Rivières, école du Grand-Boisé in Chelsea and école Marguerite-Belley in Jonquière. Since the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year, more than 50 Cycle 3 elementary children from these five schools have had unique and enriching experiences that have allowed them to develop their critical sense when viewing the architecture that surrounds them.

They have had opportunities to do research, analyze, express their opinions and share their knowledge with their friends and family. The overall experience gives them a chance to understand the importance of the
quality of their urban environment and makes them aware of the values and objectives of sustainable development and universal accessibility. The Quebec Order of Architects hopes to see this program’s foundations spread to other schools in Quebec so that architecture becomes an integral part of elementary and secondary school teaching.

The winners of the Awards of Excellence, honourable mentions for universal accessibility and sustainable development, People’s Choice and Children’s Choice Awards will be revealed during a press conference on Thursday, June 7, 2007.

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