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Hariri Pontarini Architects recognized with RAIC 2013 Architectural Firm Award

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The Toronto-based firm of Hariri Pontarini Architects (HPA) is the recipient of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) 2013 Architectural Firm Award.


The Toronto-based firm of Hariri Pontarini Architects (HPA) is the recipient of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) 2013 Architectural Firm Award.

The award recognizes the achievements of a firm for its quality of architecture, its service to its clients, its innovations in practice, contributions to architectural education and to professional institutions and associations and public recognition.

The institute said Hariri Pontarini’s work has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally, with more than 60 awards, including the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture for the Schulich School of Business and Executive Learning Centre.

In choosing the firm, the jury noted that 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 highrise housing to public buildings, “all demonstrating responsiveness to site, program and tectonics.”

Hariri Pontarini was founded in 1994. Its portfolio covers a broad range of institutional, cultural, commercial and residential projects. RAIC said the firm is committed to the development of design as a meaningful cultural, social, and economic endeavour.

“Its process is based on intensive research, dedication to detail and craftsmanship, an emphasis on sustainability, sensitivity to site, and open collaborations,” the institute said.

“The firm designs from the inside out, emphasizing the importance of the user experience and promoting a positive contribution to the wider community.”

The institute said Hariri Pontarini also recognizes the importance of a holistic approach to architecture, education and practice.

“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,” said practice partner Siamak Hariri. “This award is a testament to our clients and the success of our collaborations throughout the years.”

Forthcoming projects include the international competition-winning Richard Ivey School of Business which is opening in 2013, One Bloor, due for completion in 2016 and the internationally acclaimed Bahá’í Temple of South America in Santiago, earmarked for completion in 2015.

Practice partner David Pontarini said 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 realized in built form.

“We’d like to thank the awarding committee for recognizing the efforts and accomplishments of our team to date.”

Hariri Pontarini said it is looking forward to developing further collaborative relationships and continuing to innovate through design excellence in Canada and internationally.

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