Winners of the 2014/2015 Evolve Sustainable Design Competition Announced

March 09, 2015

Congratulations to the winners of our third annual Evolve Sustainable Design Competition.

This year, we gave post-secondary students in architecture, engineering and related programs across Canada the opportunity to work together in teams to design a net-zero energy and water-wise community library.

A record number of submissions came in, impressing our judging panel of industry experts with their quality and creativity. Each one was carefully considered and discussed by the panel before arriving at their final decisions. 

The jury members were:

Mark Berest – Principal, B+H Architects

Anne Bailey – Director, Branch Libraries, Toronto Public Library

Christopher Hume – Architectural Critic, Toronto Star

Randy Hansuld – RBC Director of Public Sector Markets, Greater Toronto Region

Jenny McMinn – Green Building and Energy Services Business Manager, Halsall

At a ceremony on March 4 attended by all winning team members, Mark Berest said, “These students should all be congratulated. They have incorporated sustainability into great design.”

Hume, Berest and Bailey participated in a panel discussion moderated by Spacing magazine publisher Matt Blackett, who asked whether we are now at a point where “green” isn’t something architects and engineers have to emphasize in their building’s appearance. In Hume’s words: “It doesn’t need to look green, but it should feel green.”

“There’s been an evolution of the consciousness of sustainability in architecture and design,” said Berest. “Making sustainable elements visible was valuable and important at one point; it’s less so now. We’ve reached a point where we should just be incorporating sustainability into great design.”

Berest added that this evolution is generational, and lauded the three winning teams for representing the next generation of designers, those who will design with sustainability in mind as a matter of course.

Hume added, “We are slowly lurching towards a state of architectural and corporate sustainability.”

See the winning designs here.

The winners:

The first place winning team was awarded $5,000, second place was awarded $3,500 and third place was awarded $1,500. In addition, a matching donation will be made to the winning teams’ schools, thanks to the generous support of competition sponsor RBC

1st place
Team 304 – Ryerson University
Faculty of Architectural Science
Mark Melnichuk and Tim Melnichuk

2nd place
Team 689 – Ryerson University
Faculty of Architectural Science and Interior Design
Samuel Iun, Florence Ma, Yi Fan Xie, Vivien Li

3rd place
Team 500 – Dalhousie University
Faculty of Architecture
Samuel Walther-Battista, Zheng Li, Alex Vanderlee 


Photo 1 - The 1st place team with RBC's Andrew Craig and B+H Associate Holly Jordan.

Photo 2 - The 2nd place team with RBC's Andrew Craig and B+H Associate Holly Jordan.

Photo 3 - The 3rd place team with RBC's Andrew Craig and B+H Associate Holly Jordan.

Photo 4 - Christopher Hume (left) and Anne Bailey (right)

Photo 5 - Mark Berest (left) and Matt Blackett (right)

Photos 6,7 - Renderings from the 1st place team's submission

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