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Centennial College A-Building Expansion named Architizer A+Awards Finalist for Educational Interiors

April 29, 2024

The Centennial College A-Building Expansion, by DIALOG in collaboration with Smoke Architecture, has been named A+Awards Finalist in the Educational Interiors category.

This project is one of five worldwide to be shortlisted for the Popular Choice Vote in this category. The Architizer A+Awards is unique among global architectural awards with shortlisted projects also judged by the voting public – we need help from you to win! Voting opens today, and remains open through May 10. VOTE HERE.

The A+Awards is the largest awards program focused on promoting and celebrating the year’s best architecture. Its mission is to nurture the appreciation of meaningful design in the world and champion its potential for a positive impact on everyday life. The 12th Annual A+Awards honours the world’s best buildings and spaces.

The Educational Interiors category includes any interior architecture for structures dedicated to education, such as kindergartens, elementary schools, high schools, universities, colleges, libraries, training facilities and more. This year’s finalists offer a vision for a future rooted in this year’s theme of rethinking what architecture can be, with creative courage demonstrating the ability to respond to society’s changing needs. We are honoured to be recognized amongst the best.

The winners will be announced June 3, 2024, followed by a live celebration this fall.

Centennial College A-Building Expansion

The 150,000-square-foot expansion is a transformative addition to the college’s campus that seamlessly blends Indigenous perspectives, sustainability, and innovative architecture. The project is Canada’s first LEED Gold, zero carbon, WELL certified, mass timber, higher-education facility. The A-Building stands as a testament to Centennial College’s profound commitment to truth and reconciliation.

The building was designed as an opportunity to demonstrate how higher education facilities can not only provide state-of-the-art educational and cultural spaces, but do so in a way that significantly reduces embodied carbon emissions. The building pays homage to Indigenous traditions and nature-inspired sustainability and is rooted in the Mi’kmaq concept of “Two-Eyed Seeing,” which harmonizes Indigenous wisdom and Western perspectives.

Photography by James Britain.

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