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Canada Screen Award to NFB’s “Highrise”

Last week the NFB’s Highrise: One Millionth Tower won a Canada Screen Award for “Original Program Produced for Digital Media, Non-Fiction.” ERA and the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal (CUG+R) had the pleasure of working with the NFB on this remarkable series, directed by Kat Cizek, which examines the current conditions and future potential of post-war high-rise living around the world. Continue reading…

Four awards at CAHP 2012!

ERA is proud to announce that the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP) has recently recognized four of our projects at their annual awards:

Many thanks to CAHP for organizing the awards each year and congratulations to all our colleagues. A special thanks also to everyone we collaborated with on these projects!

Certificate of Merit for Urban Design Plans

We are pleased to announce that the Toronto Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study has been awarded a 2012 National Urban Design Certificate of Merit.

This study, conducted for the City of Toronto, was led by Brook McIlroy and included significant contributions from Quadrangle Architects, the Urban Marketing Collaborative, and ERA Architects. The document identifies policy-based opportunities to re-urbanize Toronto’s avenues in the pursuit of well-designed, vibrant neighbourhoods.

The National Urban Design Awards are administered by Architecture Canada RAIC, the Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Thanks to all of the above and congratulations to our colleagues.

Evergreen Brickworks film wins Hotdocs award

Crowd the Schoolhouse, a short film inspired by the evolution and regeneration of the Evergreen Brickworks site (a project in ERA’s portfolio), recently received two awards at the International Documentary Challenge. Each film must be 5 minutes long, filmed within the same five days at the beginning of March, and based on the theme of “cycles.” The entry by team Made-in-Toronto received the award for best writing and Best Use of Genre (Social Issue/Political). Congratulations!

See the video at International Documentary Challenge.

OCAD 2012 Sustainable Design Awards

ERA is a proud sponsor and juror for the 2012 Sustainable Design awards. Initiated by students at OCAD and Sustainable.to, the awards celebrate student work throughout OCAD’s many faculties.

In its second year off the ground, the awards have grown, with ambitions to go National in 2013.

Congratulations to the winners and the students who ran the awards.

For more information, visit www.sustainabledesignaward.ca.

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Lang Tannery wins not one but two awards!


ERA was awarded the City of Kitchener Mike Wagner Heritage Award, in the rehabilitation & Adaptive Reuse category for the Lang Tannery Project, shared with Cadan, RAW Design and WalterFedy.

Lang Tannery was also awarded a Canadian Urban Institute Brownie Award for the Best Overall Project.

see more about the project here

ERA Wins Toronto Urban Design Award

ERA was awarded a 2011 Toronto Urban Design Award in the Visions and Master Plans category for the Avenues & Mid-Rise Building Study. Congratulation to team lead Brook McIlroy Planning + Urban Design/Pace Architects and project consultants Quadrangle Architects Limited, and Urban Marketing Collaborative.

More information related to this project can be found here.

ERA wins a PUG Award!

ERA, in association with Rounthwaite Dick Hadley Architects, Shoalts and Zaback Architects recieved the Paul Oberman Award for Adaptive Reuse and Heritage Restoration, in the commercial category.

The PUG Awards, this year in their 7th edition, are the people’s choice awards for architecture in Toronto.

For more on the Bloor Gladstone Library, please click here.

2010 Governor General Awards

The 2010 Governor General Awards Ceremony – Monday January 31st in Ottawa.

Shim-Sutcliffe Architects and ERA Architects will be receiving a medal in architecture for the Corkin Gallery which is located in Toronto’s Distillery District.

Shim-Sutcliffe were the design architects and ERA, the heritage architect for this project.

To view the full list of the Governor General’s Medals in Architecture 2010 Recipients please click on RAIC

2010 Architectural Conservancy of Ontario Awards

E.R.A. Architects and Shoalts Brothers Construction were awarded the Peter Stokes Award for Restoration from the ACO for the exterior restoration of the Miller House, in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The 1817 house is noted in several of Peter Stokes’ publications for its refined architectural quality and evidence of early 19th-century construction techniques and taste. Now part of the Pillar and Post Inn, it was restored by E.R.A. using sound heritage principles and the highest conservation standards.

E.R.A. Architects receiving the award. From left: ACO president Lloyd Alter, Edwin and Jan of ERA Architects, award sponsor Don Hutchison of J D Strachan, and presenting sponsor George Rust-D’Eye of WeirFoulds LLP.

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National Urban Design Awards


The Tower Renewal Opportunities Book was awarded a Special Jury Award in the 2010 National Urban Design Awards, presented by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Congratulations to the project team including ERA Architects Inc., the John H. Daniels faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto, and the City of Toronto.

For more information, visit: 2010 National Urban Design Awards

Celebration of Heritage


On Wednesday February 24th, at the “Celebration of Heritage” event held in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ERA was awarded the “Peter J. Stokes Heritage Commendation” for the exterior conservation of the 1817 Miller House.

Congratulations are extended to the building’s owner Vintage Inns and the project’s contractor Shoalts Brothers Construction, who were also recipients.

Vancouver Matters Wins Design Exchange Award

Vancouver Matters received an award in the Visual Communications category at this week’s Design Exchange Awards event. The book was also recently awarded at the Alcuin Society’s 27th Annual Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada.

Photo by Jason Vanderhill

CAHP Awards

The 2009 Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals Awards were hosted at the Artscape Wychwood Barns on September 25th.

ERA was identified as part of the team for the CAHP Award for Environmentally Sustainable Rehabilitation, for the Artscape Wychwood Barns.

Congratulations goes out to Sally Gibson for receiving the Heritage Communication Award of Excellence for Distillery District Heritage Handouts for Tenants.

Urban Design Awards

On Monday September 21st, the Mayor’s Tower Renewal Opportunities Book was awarded the Toronto Urban Design Award of Excellence in the Vision and Masterplan category.

Congratulations go to the full Tower Renewal team, including ERA Architects, The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, the City of Toronto, and countless local and international partners.

In the Tall Buildings in Context – private section an honourable mention was given to Jazz located at 167 Church street. The project team included Burka Architects Inc., NAK Design Group, and ERA Architects.

In the Buildings in Context – public section an honourable mention was given to Artscape Wychwood Barns located at 601 Christie Street. The project team included: Joe Lobko Architect Inc., du Toit Architects Limited, ERA Architects Inc., Stantec Consulting, Blackwell Bowick Partnership Limited, Michael Dixon-University of Guelph, BA Group, Leber Rubes Inc., Gottschalk + Ash International, The Dalton Company Ltd.

Another honourable mention was awarded to Transformation AGO located at 317 Dundas Street West. The project team included: Gehry International, and ERA Architects Inc.

Edwin recieves RAIC fellowship

Congratulations to Edwin for recently being named to the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada College of Fellows. The following is from a recently published document by the RAIC:

Edwin Rowse, a founding partner in ERA Architects Inc., is well known for his thoughtful and hands-on approach to architectural practice and in particular his dedication to the conservation of many of Canada’s National Historic Sites. Educated abroad, he received a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons.) from the University of Edinburgh in 1974 and has worked in both Europe and Canada.

In addition to his thorough understanding of building construction, Edwin has a unique and comprehensive expertise in the discipline of heritage conservation. His knowledge covers a broad range of historical building types, architectural styles, construction technologies and techniques as well as decorative finishes; this skill is displayed in the quality of every project he undertakes. His dedication is evident in the numerous design, conservation and planning awards received by ERA Architects.

Edwin is also well known for the considerate way he practices architecture. He has a reputation amongst his colleagues, clients and contractors as being modest and mild-mannered, yet devoutly committed to the highest standards of design and construction. His approach to restoring and conserving Canada’s built heritage incorporates the architectural, historic and social value of the building and its surrounding environment. This sensitive, yet pragmatic approach reflects Edwin’s integrity and his commitment to architecture and the story it tells about our past. This strength of character is further illustrated in the many young architects he has mentored; to whom he has generously passed on his commitment to thoughtful design and conservation as well as his social conscience.

Tourism Hamilton Awards

Tourism Hamilton hosted its 11th Annual Tourism Award Gala “Hidden Treasures”

Congratulations to Scott Weir who won an award in the marketing category for the “Tourism Travel Story of the Year”. For his article “The Secret’s Out” that was published in the National Post, Post Homes in the November 15th, 2008 issue.

2008 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence

Canadian Architect announced the winners of the 2008 Awards of Excellence.

Congratulations goes out to Stantec Architecture and Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects who were the Architects in Joint Venture for Bridgepoint Health.

ERA is proud to be part of the design team as heritage consultants.