2017 Recipients

Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Awards in Architecture

Recognizing excellence in built architectural projects completed within the past three years and led by a B.C. registered architect.

Medal Level (2)

Audain Art Museum

Photo credit: James Dow

Audain Art Museum

Firm: Patkau Architects Inc.
Lead Design Architects: John Patkau Architect AIBC FRAIC CM; Patricia Patkau Architect AIBC FRAIC CM; David H. Shone Architect AIBC OAA and Michael Thorpe Architect AIBC

The Audain Art Museum is a 56,000 sq. ft. private museum located in Whistler, British Columbia. The deliberately restrained form and character of the building provides a quiet, minimal backdrop to the art within and the surrounding natural landscape.

Friesen Wong House

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Friesen Wong House

Firm: D’Arcy Jones Architecture Inc.
Lead Design Architect: D’Arcy Jones Architect AIBC MRAIC

The Friesen Wong House is situated on a rocky knoll, amid the treed and free-flowing topography of the Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. The house takes a dual relationship to the rocky site: a cantilevered terrace is at one moment level with the existing rock and then, a few steps away, soaring above it.

Merit Level (2)

UBC Robert H. Lee

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UBC Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre

Firm: KPMB Architects in joint venture with HCMA Architecture + Design Inc.
Lead Design Architects: Shirley Blumberg Architect AIBC CM OAA FRAIC AIA and Karen Marler Architect AIBC SAA AAA OAA FRAIC LEED AP

The Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre is more than just a building. Dedicated to UBC’s alumni, it’s a campus ‘home for life’ and offers the resources to support an ongoing and mutually beneficial relationship with the University.

Tsawwassen Beach Home

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Tsawwassen Beach Home

Firm: Frits de Vries Architect Ltd.
Lead Design Architect: Frits de Vries Architect AIBC M.Arch (Hons) MRAIC

Located on the beachfront in Tsawwassen, B.C., this compact two-storey home blurs the boundary between its contemporary interior and the natural beachfront. The efficient and open plan is designed with a focus on ocean views, while affording protection from strong winds and providing considerable privacy within.


AIBC Emerging Firm Award (1):

This award recognizes the development, success and contributions of emerging architectural firms.

Friesen Wong House 2

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D’Arcy Jones Architecture Inc. 

D’Arcy Jones Architecture (DJA) is a nine-person studio practice in Vancouver, B.C.  Typical projects include renovations, single and multiple housing, galleries, commercial spaces and research. Regardless of a project’s size or type, they believe in clear ideas, balancing budgets with excellence, and precision. Combining pragmatism and innovation, the studio explores construction, proportion, material and context with curiosity.

AIBC Special Jury Award (2):

A discretionary honour for outstanding achievement.

Christ Church Cathedral

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Christ Church Cathedral Restoration and Renewal

For the long term stewardship of a significant heritage resource and seismic upgrading technology

Firm: Proscenium Architecture and Interiors, Inc.
Lead Design Architect: Hugh Cochlin Architect AIBC MAAA MRAIC LEED AP

The crowning feature of the current project is the addition of the highly-anticipated bell spire at the northeast corner of the Cathedral. The bell spire bridges the aesthetic gap between the Cathedral and its modern accessibility addition. Phase 1 of this work was completed in joint venture with Iredale Group Architecture.


Photo credit: Jon Meade


For providing creativity and value through design approach

Firm: DCYT Architecture
Lead Design Architect: Douglas Paul Cheung Architect AIBC

Located inside Park Royal West Vancouver Shopping Centre, Sneakerbox is a 1,100 sq. ft. trendy sneakers retail store. Wood pallet in its raw form and geometry is the architect’s tool to relate the design of this unique interior to the ever-growing generation of high fashion but rules-defying sneaker followers.