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Centennial College A-Building Expansion Receives 2024 Ontario Association of Architects Design Excellence Award

April 4, 2024

DIALOG’s Centennial College A-Building Expansion, in collaboration with Smoke Architecture, has been awarded the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) 2024 Design Excellence Award.

Announced in Toronto on April 4, 2024, an esteemed panel of design experts selected 10 winning projects for this year’s Design Excellence Awards, first narrowing down from 100 submissions to 20 finalists. The Awards program celebrates the work of Ontario practices anywhere in the world.

Centennial College A-Building Expansion was evaluated based on criteria including creativity, sustainability, good design/good business, and legacy, in addition to disclosure of Energy Use Intensity (EUI) metrics – reflecting the dedication to advancing climate action and ensuring sustainable, resilient design.

“We are incredibly proud to announce the winners of the 2024 Design Excellence Awards,” says OAA President Settimo Vilardi. “This year’s recipients exemplify the apex of creativity, sustainability, and community impact. Their achievements not only emphasize the versatile potential of architecture in beauty and function, but also highlight an ongoing commitment to climate stability and sustainable design.”


Centennial College A-Building Expansion

Located on the Centennial College Progress Campus in Scarborough, ON, the transformative addition to the college’s campus 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.

Smoke Architecture, an Anishinaabeg owned and operated architecture practice, coordinated with DIALOG on the Indigenous aspects of the design. DIALOG partnered with EllisDon Construction on the A-Building project. 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.

Congratulations to all involved in this transformational project and to all fellow award recipients!

To view the full list of award winners visit


Photography by James Brittain.

About Ontario Association of Architects (OAA)

Founded in 1889, the Ontario Association of Architects is a self-regulating organization under the Architects Act, a statute of the Government of OntarioIt is dedicated to promoting and increasing the knowledge, skill, and proficiency of its members, and administering the Act, in order that the public interest may be served and protected.