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Architectural Firm Award goes to Montgomery Sisam of Toronto

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by Patricia Williams

Montgomery Sisam Architects is recognized for design, business acumen and volunteer work in the Toronto community. Architecture Canada will present to Sisam the 2011 Architectural Firm award at the Festival of Architecture in Vancouver in May.
Architectural Firm Award goes to Montgomery Sisam of Toronto

Toronto’s Montgomery Sisam Architects, a mid-sized architectural practice wholly owned by its seven principals, is the recipient of Architecture Canada’s 2011 Architectural Firm Award.

The award recognizes quality of architecture, service to clients, innovations in practice, contributions to architectural education and to professional institutions and associations and public recognition.

“They are a balanced, well-rounded firm with excellent design and business acumen,” the awards jury said. “Of particular note is the innovative way they have developed employee relations and community programs, thus positioning an architectural firm with a social conscience.”

Founded in 1978, Montgomery Sisam provides a full range of services including master planning, architecture, interior design and urban design. Project types include healthcare, infrastructure, educational, recreational and residential projects.

Architecture Canada said Montgomery Sisam has developed an “impressive” mentoring program to strengthen skills and workplace culture as well as an innovative volunteer program that supports its special needs clients.

Currently, staff members are providing volunteer services at sites including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

“This allows us to provide more than just a building to our clients,” says founding principal Terry Montgomery who notes that most of the firm’s projects fall into the social infrastructure category.

One such current assignment involves leading a team that will create planning and design guidelines for shelters to accommodate women and children fleeing violence.

The firm has a staff of 40, drawn from 12 countries, reflecting Toronto’s multicultural nature.

The majority are LEED-accredited professionals reflecting the practice’s commitment to green design as part of the fundamental principles of good planning and good architecture.

The firm has won more than 45 provincial, national and international design awards.

Montgomery Sisam will be presented with its medal during the presidents’ dinner and awards gala at the Festival of Architecture in Vancouver in late May.

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