The Prairie Design Awards are presented in cooperation between:

Alberta Association of Architects Saskatchewan Association of Architects Manitoba Associaton of Architects

Jury

Each year, the Prairie Design Awards Committee brings in highly regarded professionals to adjudicate the awards. Some of the Jurors in the past have included: RAIC Governor General Award recipient, Gilles Saucier, Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence recipients Manon Asselin, Stephen Teeple and Anne Cormier, Canadian Interiors Magazine Best of Canada Design recipients John Tong and Gerry Shinkewski. Also included in this reputable list are Susan Fitzgerald, Richard Henriquez, Robert Lemon, Bridget Shim, Mario Saia and Peter Cardew, among others.

This year, the 2016 Jurors are:

Tania Bortolotto

Tania BortolottoTania Bortolotto is an architect and interior designer and the founder and president of the Toronto-based design firm Bortolotto, established in 1999. Under Tania's leadership, Bortolotto has steadily grown and has been recognized nationally and internationally, receiving numerous design distinctions and awards. Her firm has enjoyed a string of accomplishments recently, most notably plans to re-imagine the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion at OCAD University. A design advocate, Tania lends her time to numerous design and academic committees, panels, juries and speaking engagements. Tania is currently a Program Advisory Committee member assisting the Department of Architecture at Ryerson University. Tania is also a member of the Design Review Panel for the City of Markham and served as an inaugural member of Waterfront Toronto's Design Review Panel.

James KM Cheng

Tania BortolottoJames K.M. Cheng is a Canadian architect recognized for his pioneering contributions to west coast architecture and city building. Born in Hong Kong and educated in North America, Cheng's approach represents a sensitive marriage of generous open environments with vibrant high-density living. He is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia, and a design critic and juror.

James K.M. Cheng is a Canadian architect recognized for his pioneering contributions to west coast architecture and city building. Born in Hong Kong and educated in North America, Cheng's approach represents a sensitive marriage of generous open environments with vibrant high-density living. He is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia, and a design critic and juror.

Cheng has received over fifty design awards, including the Order of Canada, which is the country's highest civilian honour or lifetime achievement and merit of a high degree from the Governor General office of Canada; and Canada's Governor General's Medal in Architecture. His work has been published and exhibited in Canada, the United States, London, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

Leslie Jen

Tania BortolottoLeslie Jen holds degrees in English Literature and Law from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of British Columbia. For nearly 12 years, she was the Associate Editor of Canadian Architect magazine, during which time she contributed significantly to the discourse of architecture and urbanism in Canada. In her current role as a consultant, Leslie undertakes writing and editing projects for several design magazines, award-winning architectural firms and arts organizations. In 2015, she was involved in an advisory and editorial capacity for the fourth iteration of Twenty + Change, an exhibition and publication series focused on emerging Canadian architectural and design practices. Leslie sits on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Design Festival and was recently named a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Colin Ripley

Tania BortolottoColin Ripley is a Professor in the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University and Project Director for the Saskatchewan School of Architecture Initiative. He is also a director of RVTR (www.rvtr.com), which operates as a bridge between academic research practices and professional practices in architecture. RVTR has been extensively published and the winner of a number of major awards, including the 2009 Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture. Colin Ripley holds a Bachelor of Engineering from McMaster University, a Master of Science in theoretical physics from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University.

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