ERA Architects

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.

2008 Design Exchange Awards

Last night at the 2008 Design Exchange Awards, Concrete Toronto won an Award of Merit in the Visual Communications Content & Editorial category.

Congratulations to ERA and Coach House Books.

34th Annual Heritage Toronto Awards

On Monday October 27th, ERA Architects Inc. received an Award of Excellence for the Wesley Building (299 Queen Street West). ERA also received an honourable mention for the Regal Road School Portico project.

Concrete Toronto received an Award of Excellence in the book category.

Scott Weir was honoured with an Award of Merit for his “What Lies Beneath” series, that was featured in the National Post, Post Homes.

2008 CAHP Award

Concrete Toronto received an Award of Merit in the Communications Category, from the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals.

The 34th Annual Heritage Toronto Awards

We are pleased to announce that the Heritage Toronto Board has selected the following ERA projects as finalists in the upcoming 34th Annual Heritage Toronto Awards.

Wesley Building at 299 Queen Street West
(William Greer Architectural Conservation & Craftsmanship Award)

Regal Road Public School Portico
(William Greer Architectural Conservation & Craftsmanship Award)

Concrete Toronto: A Guide Book to Concrete Architecture from the Fifties to the Seventies
(Book category)

“What Lies Beneath” Newspaper Series by Scott Weir
(Media category)

The 34th Annual Heritage Toronto Awards will take place Monday October 27, 2008 at the Carlu.

For more information visit the Heritage Toronto website at

TCA Award

The Toronto Construction Association awarded Vanbot’s Construction Corporation the 2007 “Best of the Best” award for Project Achievement in the completion of Renaissance ROM.

As part of the project team, ERA Architects received a Certificate of Excellence from the Toronto Construction Association for contributions to the project.

2008 Nomination for the OAA Landmark Award

“It has been my attempt here to create an architecture that rises beyond its economic function and its structural necessity and creates space that people enjoy, yet has resolved all of the issues of content” – Eb Zeidler, about the Toronto Eaton Centre in Canadian Architect, November, 1979.

Nominated by ERA Architects Inc., the Toronto Eaton Centre by Zeidler Partnership Architects & Bregman + Hamann Architects for the 2008 OAA Landmark Award.

Concrete Toronto

Coach House Books and ERA Architects are pleased to announce the receipt of a Canadian Council for the Arts Grant for their upcoming publication Concrete Toronto. Dedicated to the plentiful yet often misunderstood concrete structures from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s which define much of Toronto today, this publication re-examines this unique heritage and contemplates concrete’s role in shaping our city. Continue reading…

Best New Rental Development

ERA is pleased to announce that Jazz by Concert Properties was selected as the Best New Rental Development High-Rise at the 6th Annual MAC Awards held by the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO). ERA worked with Burka Varacalli Architects as the Heritage Architect for this project.

2006 Heritage Toronto Awards

On October 30th 2006, ERA was honoured to receive a Heritage Toronto Award of Merit for Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship on Toronto Police Services 51 Division Building. The consultant team for this adaptive reuse project included ERA, Stantec Architecture Ltd., Eastern Construction and Colonial Building Restoration.

2006 Ontario WoodWORKS Awards

ERA is pleased to announce that The Ojibway Club in Pointe au Baril, Ontario was the recipient of this year’s Wood Council Heritage Award. Also recognized was the Boiler House Restaurant at the Distillery District, this year’s commercial recipient of the Council’s Wood Design Award.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

Heritage Canada Award

ERA is pleased to announce that Cityscape Holdings and Dundee Distillery District Commerical Inc. were the recipents of the 2006 Heritage Canada Foundation Corporate Prize for the rehabilitation of the Stone Distillery Building at the Distillery Historic District, Toronto.

CAPHC Heritage Awards


ERA was pleased to receive two Canadian Association of Professional Heritage Consultants Awards for Preservation of a heritage building for Ruthven Park National Historic Site and Craftsmanship in conjunction with John F. Wilcox, Vitreous Glassworks for work at The Royal Ontario Museum.