Hariri Pontarini Architects takes 2013 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's top award
Hariri Pontarini Architects (HPA) has been awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) 2013 Architecture Firm Award. The award recognises a Canadian practice that 'has consistently produced distinguished architecture' and 'has achieved high standards in the quality of its architecture, its service to its clients, its innovations in practice, contributions to architectural education and to the professional institutions and associations, and public recognition'.
HPA is one of the youngest practices to win the award. Practice Partner, Siamak Hariri, says: “It is a great honour to receive this award, to be recognized in such esteemed company, and to be chosen by our distinguished peers on the jury. This award is a testament to our clients and the success of our collaborations throughout the years.” Practice Partner, David Pontarini adds: “The award is especially timely because it acknowledges past works but also credits research and education at a juncture when the firm’s philosophies concerning cities and especially sustainable growth are beginning to be realised in built form."
Based in Toronto, Hariri Pontarini was founded in 1994 by Siamak Hariri and David Pontarini. The firm’s portfolio includes a broad range of institutional, commercial and residential projects, libraries, schools and academic buildings for a variety of clients. The practice’s best known work includes the McKinsey and Company Headquarters in Toronto, the Schulich School of Business at York University and its current work on the Tall Buildings Study for the City of Toronto that has informed and guided the growth and development of the city’s urban fabric.
Hariri Pontarini Architects won WAN’s 2010 Civic Buildings Future Schemes Award with their Baha'i Temple for South America.
Of the practice, the jury, which included past winner Marianne McKenna of KPMB, said: “Hariri Pontarini Architects’ work is noteworthy and significant in the rigour, balance, and utter refinement of form, materials and detail control and in the utmost precision in execution, evidenced in all their projects. The jury particularly appreciated the range of work - from high-rise housing to public buildings - all demonstrating responsiveness to site, program, and tectonics.”