MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects has collected another notable architectural award. Most recently in their 28 years of practice, the Toronto-based firm won the 2016 RAIC Architectural Firm Award. Bestowed by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the award recognizes an architecture firm for dedication to producing high-quality designs, service to clients, innovations in practice, as well as contributions to architectural education and professional organizations.
MJMA will be presented with the award during the RAIC Festival of Architecture in Nanaimo, BC, taking place from June 8 to 11. Other recent winners in RAIC's slew of award announcements include Montreal-based La SHED Architecture for the 2016 Emerging Architectural Practice.
Read on for more about MJMA.
Specializing in community recreation projects and sports buildings, MJMA's portfolio comprises more than 70 built projects that include sports and recreation centers, cultural facilities, libraries, and municipal and academic buildings.
Originally founded by John MacLennan, Viktors Jaunkalns, and David Miller in 1988, the MJMA team now has more than 50 professionals and five partners: Viktors Jaunkalns, David Miller, Andrew Filarski, Robert Allen and Ted Watson. MJMA also has designers in landscape architecture, interior design, and environmental graphic design.
A few of MJMA's projects include the Branksome Hall Athletic and Wellness Centre in Toronto (2014); the University of Toronto Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport in Toronto (with Patkau Architects, 2014); and the Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre in Edmonton (2012).
"MJMA has consistently achieved a very high quality of architecture and bold clarity throughout its large body of work,” the five-member award jury commented. "In addition to the spectacular spatial qualities, the architecture exhibits a clear problem-solving approach. The wellness approach to the designs was appreciated, contributing to the broader communities in which the projects are located."
"MJMA has developed an impressive body of work that demonstrates what can be achieved with everyday programs and budgets," stated RAIC President Allan Teramura. "They are to be commended for their commitment to the creation of vivid and engaging civic spaces accessible to everyone."
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