Competition brief




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Project photographs taken at the National Exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, by Grajewski Fotograph Inc. 2012. 

Trap Line Cabins” | Tiffany Shaw-Collinge | Alberta

Dance of the Minarets” | Amirali Javidan | British Columbia

Carry On Belonging” | Alana Green,Philipp Dittus,Katy Young,Olena Chytra | British Columbia

An Unfinished Basement” | D’Arcy Jones | British Columbia

Kite” | Mira Yung,IMu Chan | British Columbia

The Winnipeg Condition” | Travis Cooke,Jason Kun | Manitoba

They will arrive one day” | Andre Silva,Chris Gilmour,Kory Kaspersion | Manitoba

Migrating {Bounded} Landscapes” | Jason Hare | Manitoba

Why New Brunswick?” | Stephen Kopp,Monica Adair,John Leroux,Jessie Croll,Alicia Halas | Maritimes

[Re]Settlement / [Re]Generation” | Marianna de Cola | Maritimes 

Semi ( detached )” | Andrew Batay-Csorba,Jodi Batay-Csorba | Ontario

Memory Making” | Erica Pecoskie,George Simionopoulos | Ontario

Unfolded box; the first moment of rest” | Kfir Gluzberg,Liana Bresler | Ontario

In between the countryside and the city” | Jean-Nicolas Bouchard,Philippe Charest | Quebec

Pickle House” | Anca Matyiku,Chad Connery | Quebec

Quilt” | Enrique Enriquez | Quebec

Merging Landscapes” | Felix Tue | Quebec

” re | settlements” | Sony Mark Sin,Robyn Robertson,Victoria Yong-Hing,April Hiebert,Brad Pickard | Saskatchewan



[12.03.16] Announcement of National Winners - Congratulations!



Winners [listed in no particular order]:

184 / BC / D’Arcy Jones,Amanda Kemeny,Daan Murray,Melani Pigat
204 / Maritimes / Marianna de Cola
189 / Maritimes / Stephen Kopp,Monica Adair,John Leroux,Jessie Croll,Alicia Halas
216 / BC / Mira Yung,IMu Chan
155 / Ontario / Andrew Batay-Csorba,Jodi Batay-Csorba
220 / Manitoba / Jason Hare
206 / Ontario / Kfir Gluzberg,Liana Bresler
212 / Quebec / Felix Tue
219 / Manitoba / Andre Silva,Chris Gilmour,Kory Kaspersion
191 / Quebec / Enrique Enriquez
202 / Manitoba / Travis Cooke,Jason Kun
158 / Quebec / Anca Matyiku,Chad Connery
203 / Ontario / Erica Pecoskie,George Simionopoulos
239 / Alberta / Tiffany Shaw-Collinge
142 / BC / Amirali Javidan
160 / BC / Alana Green,Philipp Dittus,Katy Young,Olena Chytra
148 / Quebec / Jean-Nicolas Bouchard,Philippe Charest
229 / Saskatchewan / Sony Mark Sin,Robyn Robertson,Victoria Yong-Hing,April Hiebert,Brad Pickard


184 / BC / D’Arcy Jones - “An Unfinished Basement”

BIO—D’Arcy Jones Design (DJD) was founded in 2000, immediately after D’Arcy Jones completed a Master of Architecture degree. D’Arcy has gained invaluable design, technical, and artistic experience through his
own creative process of trial and error. DJD has grown to be an agile design practice working on a wide range of projects at diverse scales. DJD’s award-winning work has been widely published. In 2009 their projects were featured in the Twenty + Change 02 Exhibition and their Form & Forest cabin prototype The Cowboy earned a Canadian Architect Award of Merit. In 2010 D’Arcy Jones was awarded the inaugural Arthur Erickson Memorial Award.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION—A childhood migration from an established neighbourhood to a new house in an unsettled subdivision exposed the author to the frontier of an unfinished basement. Embracing the banal, this entry celebrates commonplace construction methods that typify the Canadian building culture.  Everyday materials become the ingredients of fantastic new spaces that re-think how a typical suburban plot of land might be used.  Construction itself becomes synonymous with settlement and habitation: digging, cutting, layering, pouring, trenching and joining.  Critical of the relentless pursuit of the new and the complete, this entry celebrates settling as a work-in-progress that is never finished. 

204 / Maritimes / Marianna de Cola - “[Re]Settlement / [Re]Generation”

BIO—Marianna de Cola is a Toronto-based designer at Kohn Partnership Architects. She completed her Masters of Architecture at the University of Waterloo. Her thesis research and design was set in Newfoundland and involved the study of mutable landscapes, shifting populations, fluctuating resources, and possible versatile infrastructural solutions. She has presented her graduate work at the ACSA Fall conference in 2011 in Montreal and her research and photography has been published in ‘Bracket II: Goes Soft’, ‘On-Site Magazine’, and ‘Ground: Landscape Architect Quarterly’. Preceding her graduate work Marianna has spent time working and learning in Toronto, New York, London, and Rome. Special thanks to Michael Panacci for all of his help installing the project at the exhibitions.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION—The model is a summary of a design project that responds to current and historical migration within Newfoundland. The province has experienced resettlement and migration since its birth due to the fluctuations of the cod fishery. The model displays two communities on the southern coast, Grand Bruit; recently resettled, and Burgeo; the main host town.
The design exemplifies themes of shifting through a mobile energy, and research infrastructure. Two conditions exist in the model, one where Grand Bruit is inhabited, and one where it is abandoned. The shifting design is an architecture that exchanges, converses, and reciprocates with its habitat.

189 / Maritimes / Stephen Kopp,Monica Adair,John Leroux,Jessie Croll,Alicia Halas - “Why New Brunswick?”

BIO—Stephen Kopp, Monica Adair, John Leroux, Jessie Croll, Alicia Halas work together at Acre Architects. The group draws upon the expertise of the acre collective, a small group of talented artists, landscape architects,  writers and architects. The idea is simple: bring together the right team for the right project. The collective finds fresh ways to tackle projects and produce new outcomes. At the heart of each new endeavor is a  collaborative spirit of playfulness and exploration. With Saint John as its home base, the Acre aims to promote a greater understanding of the role of contemporary architecture in shaping the culture and identity of New Brunswick.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION—Set within a province that has difficulty drawing settlers within the larger context of Canadian migration, our model chooses to promote an articulated sense of identity and place for New Brunswick by envisioning a re-energized destination for migrants at Saint John’s waterfront.
The design depicts New Brunswick’s forested landscape with an intervention on the edge of Saint John’s waterfront.  Between the two, an existing bisecting highway underlines its reputation as the ‘drive-through province.’
Grey is part of the collective psyche of Saint John, a city that fog knows well. The design juxtaposes this environment by the introduction of bold colour found within the structure of its animated roofscape.  It further depicts an intertidal landscape that at once reveals the wonder of this dynamic place and represents its potential transforming state.
Ultimately, a destination for tourism and habitation for new migrants is put forth, sustaining and enhancing Saint John and New Brunswick’s geographical character.

216 / BC / Mira Yung,IMu Chan - “Kite”

BIO—Mira Yung and IMu Chan were both born in Hong Kong, moved to Vancouver in their adolescent time, and have their childhood memories deeply buried in the tenor of their migratory experience.  The image of a kite, suffused with the narrative power that describes each of their formative years of transformation, has provided the kernel of this collaboration.  Formerly trained as an industrial designer, Mira is currently completing her architectural degree at University of British Columbia.  IMu is the principal of FSOARK, an open creative platform where ideas cross disciplinary boundaries and innovations are executed collaboratively.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION—While the experience of immigration can be real and tangible to an adult, the geographic and cultural transformation to children may lack specificity and not readily comprehensible.  The apprehension is particularly poignant for migrating preadolescents to which the experience becomes part of growing up, of coming to terms with their shifting identities, their subtle physical and emotional transformations – all of which are at a crossroad with the unknown affects of the new world.  Setting in the backdrop of a migrating landscape from Hong Kong to Vancouver, KITE reflects on the moment when lingering footage of childhood memories in one place interweaved with the anxiety of growing up in another, and how the immigrating youth and the young city find the meaning of coexistence in the formative years of transformation.

155 / Ontario / Andrew Batay-Csorba,Jodi Batay-Csorba - “Semi ( Detached )”

BIO—Batay-Csorba is a collaborative multi-disciplinarian design studio which was founded by principals Andrew Batay-Csorba and Jodi Batay-Csorba. The practice was created in Los Angeles, California and moved to Toronto in 2010.  With their move they bring to Toronto 14 years of work experience at internationally renowned firms and an unmarked outlook to the progression of design at all scales. Batay-Csorba approaches each project by questioning typical typologies and premeditated ideas in search for contemporary alternatives to how projects are approached, function and perform.  Their thought driven process explores the interfaces between building organization, structure, circulation, materiality and environmental building systems in order to co-notate new formations of space and performance.  

PROJECT DESCRIPTION—After 15 years of absence from our Canadian home, our migration back to Toronto gave us a new set of eyes for which to view and uncover latent potentials. Toronto’s urban living of opposing density, climate, lifestyle, and use of public space and landscape all lead to a process of re-questioning. The project challenges the residential typology that dominates Toronto and the role that landscape plays within this authority. Toronto’s declining housing stock consists of carefully arranged dense rows of single and multi unit Victorian, Arts and Craft and Bay and Gable style houses intermixed within the density of the city; lining the streets in identical fashion with a prescribed boundary of vegetative space. While preserving the imprint of history and its strata of cultural memories we provide new organization by
allowing contemporary culture to influence the role of the dwelling.

220 / Manitoba / Jason Hare - “Migrating {Bounded} Landscapes”

BIO—Jason Hare is deeply interested in how individuals and collective groups engage with their surrounding environments and the objects that reside within them.  His passion manifests itself through the physical act of making and the exploration into material and processes.  His research focuses on the metabolic processes of materials and the identity shift that occurs through assemblages. Jason is driven by a desire to keep his feet on the ground and his head in the clouds.  He is presently undertaking his masters in Landscape Architecture at the University of Manitoba.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION—This project focuses on the interconnected relationship between the urban and the rural dwelling. The perceived contrast of these two environments continues to breed a sense of disconnect between where it is we call home and where we go to escape the home. How one begins to ‘settle’ between these two places leads to the physical manifestation of form. As the dwelling settles within the physical landscape of which it belongs to, the model shares this same settling act within the abstract migrating landscape of which it belongs. In doing so the dwelling and the landscape are ultimately bound to each other, sharing a distinct relationship, defined by the processes that enacted them. This project is ultimately exploring how a dwelling can have its own identity while simultaneously existing within the greater environment of which its form was generated from.

206 / Ontario / Kfir Gluzberg,Liana Bresler - “Unfolded Box; the first moment of rest”

BIO—Kfir Gluzberg and Liana Bresler both immigrated to Toronto from Israel. Kfir pursued his interest in digital tectonics at the IaaC in Barcelona where he exhibited his ‘Heliobot’ project at DHub. He continued his architectural graduate studies at McGill University. Liana exhibited her thesis work, completed at the University of Waterloo, both in Canada and abroad, as part of a collaboration entitled “In-Between Cities”. She has taught design studio with the University of Waterloo both on campus and in Rome. Liana is currently practicing at Levitt Goodman Architects in Toronto while Tel Aviv is the site for Kfir’s ongoing work.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION—This entry is a reflection on the entrants’ experiences of continual migration. It addresses the first moment of rest upon arrival in a new place. The object is scaled to the human body and derives its form from a box or piece of luggage. Here, the box is unfolded to create a place of rest. Each surface is made of many hinged components which allow it to conform to the landscape and support itself. If migration occurred again and the box were to be removed and placed onto another landscape, it would serve the same function, however it would bear a new form by creating a new interaction.

212 / Quebec / Felix Tue - “Merging Landscapes”

BIO—Felix Tue is a Romanian Canadian architect who was born on March 19th, 1972 in Găieşti near Tậrgovişte where he lived until the age of 19. In 1991 he moved to Bucharest to study architecture. After graduating at UAU Ion Mincu, he lived in Bucharest until 2002 when he immigrated with his family to Canada.
He is presently living in Quebec and occupies an architect position in the Montreal based firm FSA architects. His professional experience has a strong background on airport projects yet covering a variety of other projects types such as residential and commercial. He participated to numerous architectural competitions, mostly focused on urban design.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION—The concept illustrates a transitory state where two mental spaces are merging into a heterogeneous structure that has not settled yet, but is supported by one’s aspirations and experience.
The two spaces are not only different in scale and morphology, but also chronologically since they cannot be perceived at the same time. The passageways between these spaces have sharp edges and are hardly accessible. On one side, the original landscape is organic and has been shaped as the individual developed over time. It displays the freedom of a play ground, but not the stability of a home. On the other side, Montreal is cut at right angles as the buildings are. Its Christian past is present throughout by the names of its places. This new landscape is surrounded by borderless territories, which makes it feel enclosing and protecting. It’s slowly changing into a home.

219 / Manitoba / Andre Silva,Chris Gilmour,Kory Kaspersion - “They will arrive one day”

BIO—The MLO entrant team 00107960 is a group of Young Winnipeg Designers: group includes Andre Silva, Chris Gilmour and Kory Kaspersion.  Andre Silva and Chris Gilmour have created an open studio environment, where they invite students, practitioners, and likeminded designers to collaborate on architectural investigations, ephemeral installations and design competitions. There studio explores the parts of the real and the plausible in architecture that enriches human expereince: work investigates the inexpressible elements of architecture that affect our sense of place. Kory Kaspersion, design professional and fellow graduate of Chris and Andre, joined the team to contribute to the MLO studio investigation. 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION—Our submission to migrating landscapes is based on the social relationships created and left behind during the migration of a family to Canada over an extended period of time. Our project is reflective of the complexity of leaving a dense reliable network (of relationships) and arriving in an uncertain, unfamiliar place. Anchors act as the adjustable and dynamic relationships that help us unsettle from where we come and settle in the places we go. Similarly, the landscape in which our model sits, offers the dwelling opportunities to unsettle and settle in its journey from one condition to another. The physical model consists of several anchors attached to the landscape in multiple unique conditions and a dwelling held in the tensile and compressive relation created by the anchors holding it in place.

191 / Quebec / Enrique Enriquez - “Quilt”

BIO—Taking a look behind my first decade in Canada I realize the enormous impact migration has had on my work. Originally from Mexico, I was trained in architecture and arts in Mexico, USA, Canada and Italy.
My concerns for the relation between body and space allowed me to collaborate in diverse projects touching architecture, urbanism, theatre, film, television, art-installations and special events with people from various nationalities and diverse professions.
Since 2005, I have participated in regional, national and international competitions, showing my personal views about architecture.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION—As when you are sick you are aware of your body (you hardly feel the presence of you body when you are healthy), the same happens on «the act of migrating»; you feel your body is wide awake. The place you came from or where you are established become less relevant; «you become the place».
“The space does not contain the performance rather it is the performance that constitutes the space.” -Dan Graham

202 / Manitoba / Travis Cooke, Jason Kun - “The Winnipeg Condition”

BIO—Travis Cooke and Jason Kun are registered members of the Manitoba Association of Architects and the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada. Both Travis and Jason were born and raised in Winnipeg. Since graduating from the University of Manitoba in 2002 and 2004 respectively, they have collaborated on national and international award winning projects at their previous offices. Travis and Jason are now Principals of 1x1 architecture inc., along with Glen Gross and Markian Yereniuk.  They operate out of a 292 square foot windowless office space on the outskirts of Osborne Village, but hope to migrate to a new space in the near future.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION—Our entry is an exploration of the effect of migration from the perspective of the people and places that are left behind. We were both born, educated, and now practice architecture in Winnipeg, and have watched countless friends, family members and colleagues, leave our city. This phenomenon, which we have termed “The Winnipeg Condition”, has left an indelible void on the physical and psychological landscape of our city and its inhabitants.  Conversely, departure leaves a space for new people, cultures, and ideas to dwell.
The project endeavors to illustrate the result of these migrations, exploring concepts such as solid vs. void, part vs. whole, loss vs. gain, and here vs. there.
When you leave, does a part of you stay?  When someone leaves you, do they take a part of you with them?

158 / Quebec / Anca Matyiku, Chad Connery - “Pickle House”

BIO—Teasing out alternative modes of living, learning and working, Anca Matiyku and Chad Connery entertain an appetite for all things architectural while wondering what potentials lie in the discarded and disregarded ephemera of mundane existence.  Their physical and imaginary drifting through the world has nurtured a slight obsession for how time reveals the fragility of the seemingly permanent and the accumulations of the seemingly insignificant. Anca completed her architectural education at University of Waterloo and University of Manitoba. Chad is currently undertaking his Masters of Architecture at the University of Manitoba.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION—The act of “dwelling” within a landscape is a relationship based on an accumulation of repeated necessities.  It is a kind of mundane ritual that accrues meaning over time and so it is both a repeated same-ness and a constantly evolving relationship to place. Beginning with the basic necessity of obtaining and preserving nourishment, we playfully wonder how a “dwelling” might manifest as a “pickling” of the landscape; how the architecture engages the living landscape through a metabolical process of preserve-making. An organism that is simultaneously the pickle and the process of pickling, the dwelling is composed of a series of metabolical vessels and armatures that facilitate the flows within.  Its “bricks” are repeated containers that grow, hold, and preserve food. They construct and re-construct the architecture according to the cycles and seasons of its landscape. Over time, the dwelling accumulates within it the subtle temperaments of its landscape and the shifting needs of its inhabitants.

203 / Ontario / Erica Pecoskie,George Simionopoulos - “Memory Making”

BIO—Erica Pecoskie is a graduate of both the University of Toronto’s and Dalhousie University’s Faculties of Architecture. Each assignment, to her understanding of design, begins and ends in the depths of its cultural framework, making them as much excavations as they are constructions. George Simionopoulos is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture. Thought, action, and product are inseparable when George is at work, and his resultant aesthetic is one that has been distilled and is embodied in the process of making. Together, their sensibility is rooted in a belief in craft and their practice is quality-driven and dedicated to the synthesis of context, necessity, and delight.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION—The core of our submission is a memory mass (rendered in white paper) that holds the accumulative joy, pain, and longing of our ancestors. The volume of our memory mass as it moves through our three phases of dwelling remains unchanged, but its shape is transformed by both its evolving context and our imagined responses to that context.  In the first phase: an existing condition is known, but inhospitable. The second phase: a period of transition is marked by an initial exhilaration, a reassessment of identity, a nervous anticipation, and then a tender commitment to a new way of living – coexistent with the weight and responsibility of memory.  In the third phase: balance; is a negotiated act of place-making where memory is atmosphere, and a richer interpretation of what might be possible in life exists…whole, at peace with time, space and location.

239 / Alberta / Tiffany Shaw-Collinge - “Trap Line Cabins”

BIO—Tiffany Shaw-Collinge was born in Calgary, AB in 1982 and raised in Edmonton, AB. In 2004 Shaw-Collinge received a Diploma of Fine Arts from Grant MacEwan University (Edmonton, AB) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University (Halifax, Nova Scotia) in 2006. Shaw-Collinge is currently in her final year at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles, CA in pursuit of her Masters degree in Architecture.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION—The 3 models that were created replicate the frame of the cabin that Tiffany Shaw Collinge’s Great Grandfather, Jean Paulin built on the trap line near Ft. McMurray. One of the cabins was constructed from deer hide sourced from her family in Ft McMurray, another cabin with crocheted fabric and the last cabin with zip ties. The method of construction incorporates materials and techniques passed down from her Métis family emphasizing craft and technology. 

142 / BC / Amirali Javidan - “Dance of the Minarets”

BIO–Amirali Javidan developed a keen interest in public Architecture and the social sustainability of cities during his Master’s thesis at McGill University. As an Architectural Designer with the RAIC Award-winning Vancouver-based firm, Bing Thom Architects, Amirali has been passionately committed to several key urban revitalization projects throughout North America over the last decade. As Project Manager with BTA, he was instrumental in the design and construction of the Tarrant County College Downtown Campus and Trinity Uptown Master Plan projects in Fort Worth, Texas. He was also a key member of the Arena Stage Theatre project in Washington, DC which was the recipient of the 2011 AIBC Lieutenant-Governor of BC Medal. 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION—Dance of the Minarets is a personal reflection on the social discourse that took place in Iran during the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and the subsequent Green Revolution of 2009. My childhood memories are filled with fear, agony and civil unrest. The days of Revolution were marked with erratic tension and chaos as mass uprisings took over the streets. However, as the sun went down, another social phenomenon took place. The citizens rushed to urban rooftops from where they chanted emphatically into the night.…‘Allah-o-Akbar! Allah-o-Akbar!’ (God is great). As these waves of proclamation intensified, they resonated throughout the city, bolstering a sense of hope and unity. By way of memory mapping, I explored the translation of these polarized gestures into tectonic form. During the process, I was awakened to the new public domain that had transformed buildings into instruments of social order. I also realized the dialectic of fragmentation and unification that lies within the nature of the collective. 

160 / BC / Alana Green,Philipp Dittus,Katy Young,Olena Chytra - “Carry On Belonging”

BIO—Alana Gren, Philip Ditus, Katy Young and Olena Chytra come together for this submission to migrating landscapes. They also form Loose Affiliates — a group of like-minded creatives with architecture degrees.
Their work is largely unsolicited, often speculative, and always optimistic. They look for hidden gems in unassuming places, explore issues of interest to them, and work to make things that are accessible and engaging. Enjoy!

PROJECT DESCRIPTION—We are continually curating our belongings, our memories, and our experiences, but we re-evaluate everything when we move.  Size and weight are suddenly of great importance.  We weed out the valuable pieces and leave others behind.  Some parts remain, others will get lost along the way.  We pack our things together and when we arrive at our destination, we unpack and arrange every thing to suit our new surroundings.  Soon we begin accumulating new belongings, memories, and experiences specific to that place.  The collection continues to grow until the time comes to re-evaluate again. Every move makes a mark and every thing leaves a mark. These colorful shapes are placeholders for our belongings, memories, and experiences. They can be assembled to form a package that meets the maximum allowable size for carry-on luggage. Feel free to move the pieces around - sorting, re-arranging, or re-assembling.
148 / Quebec / Jean-Nicolas Bouchard,Philippe Charest - “In between the countryside and the city”

BIO—As students at University Laval Architecture School since 2010, we encountered in our first studio. We learned to know each other while participating in architectural contests, a primary ground to develop our critical thinking, explore ideas and ways of making things. We like to think that architecture can cultivate experiences while seeking a balance between abstraction and reality. By assembling materials, how they touch, the patterns of textures they create, architecture is for us a medium that can stimulate dreams but also appeal to our mind and knowledge.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION—Here, the distances that separate us between the city and the countryside allow us to enter in close contact with the landscape. This landscape leaves us in a state of wonder and contemplation but also emanates a feeling of isolation. These notions stimulate our imagination to create an architecture that seeks to protect us from the contrasts of our climate and, at the same time, that opens itself to the landscape that we cherish. In every space that travels through us, we try to recreate the landscape of our memories, the one we admire while we travel between the countryside and the city.

229 / Saskatchewan / Sony Mark Sin,Robyn Robertson,Victoria Yong-Hing,April Hiebert,Brad Pickard - “[Re] Settlements”

BIO—April Hiebert, Brad Pickard, Robyn Robertson, Mark Sin and Victoria Yong-Hing currently work in five different architecture firms and reside in province of Saskatchewan. Collectively they have formed Open, a collaborative of the 5 Dalhousie architecture graduates. All with diverse backgrounds, upbringings and experiences, they have started the process of settling in Saskatchewan after years of studying and living across Canada and abroad. Collectively, their education, travel and work experiences have given them a broad perspective of the built environment and prompted them to be part of the dialogue and change in their
communities. The mandate of OPEN is to engage the public and to challenge perceptions through discourse, social experiments, public art and architecture. OPEN hopes to promote new ways of thinking about and experiencing the built environment of the prairies.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION—The landscape represents the combined timelines of five young intern architects. It expresses how the interaction of personal experiences, backgrounds and cultures can influence the environments of others. Five models inhabit the landscape by infilling space, just as one seeks to establish a sense of place in new surroundings. Carved voids are visible at varying levels of transparency when viewed from different perspectives.
The voids — an absence of a presence — are an imprint of the alterations left behind through the process of migration. Layers of the model are built up experiences in which we burrow, adapt and inhabit. The choice of
material reflects resourcefulness but utilizes a modern process to create form. Overall, the project represents our continual search for identity and a reconciliation of place through habitation and migration.


[12.03.02] Terms of People’s Choice award

  • The purpose of the People’s Choice award is to facilitate regional interests and public engagement during the regional stage of the Migrating Landscapes exhibition/competition.
  • People’s Choice award was not a part of the competition brief announced nationally, on July 1st 2011.
  • Therefore, People’s Choice award will not be a part of the competition-selection process proceeding to the 2012 Venice Biennale.
  • The open nature of the voting, open to anyone and as many times as one wishes, makes the award a unique way to reflect the regional dynamics with respect to the exhibition and its thematic discussion.
  • However, due to its open nature, avoiding the scrutiny of the jury, the winning project will not proceed to the National Exhibition or 2012 Venice Biennale, unless the same project has been also selected by the regional jury.
  • At selective occasions, the winners of People’s Choice award may be invited to participate in post-Venice discussions and publications, as regional representatives of the Migrating Landscapes project; MLO reserves the right as to whether, when and how such invitation is forwarded.

[11.12.02] “Rules and Regulations, Section 5 - Anonymity” is revised. Please refer to most recent PDF document online: ML_Rules and Regulations_11.12.02

[11.09.30] Entrants who submitted their videos in accordance with the original Submission Requirements [Submission Requirements 2.4 Size] will not be penalized for having lower quality image than other entrants. Please note that should your entry be selected for the regional, etc, stages, additional submission requirements will be issued. 

[11.09.30] Please disregard the 3 MB limit on video size under Submission Requirements 2.4 Size. The size of video uploaded to Youtube/Vimeo is irrelevant, since entrants need only to submit a link to their video with the competition entry.

[11.09.29] Submission deadline is Saturday, Oct 1 at midnight. Good luck everyone!

[11.09.28] Under Submission Requirements 2.2 - please note that video submission can be in either portrait or landscape format, provided the dimensions are maintained - i.e. 960 pixels [W] x 1280 pixels [H], or 1280 [W] x 960 [H]. 





[Français] RÈGLES ET RÈGLEMENTS [11.08.17]


[Français] LE PAYSAGE

Please register and activate your account in order to ensure you have access to the complete Competition Information available.

[11.09.14] RE: Competition Brief, 2.1 Registration, page 3 - REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO THE SUBMISSION DATE OF OCTOBER 1, 2011 [midnight, CDT]. 

[11.08.31] RE: Posting on [11.08.11] - Competition Brief, 2.1 Registration, page 3 now reads “Registration will close Thursday, September 15, 2011 (midnight, CDT)” [correct]. Please ensure you have the most recent brief.

[11.08.24] New FAQ, under Rules and Regulations: “Q. Am I eligible to enter the competition if I am a Practitioner/Academic living and practicing outside of Canada? […]”

[11.08.23] [Français] Mise à jour: RÈGLES ET RÈGLEMENTS, CONFLIT D’INTÉRÊTS [11.08.17]

[11.08.22] FAQ available for download in PDF [on FAQ page]

[11.08.22] FAQ question [Q. How is the competition relevant to Canadians whose ancestry has not recently migrated to Canada?…] is updated. 

[11.08.18] FAQ Page is up and running. Questions will be received until Sept 15, 2011, when Registration closes.

[11.08.17] Rules and Regulations Item 6, Conflict of Interest, has been updated. Competition Registrants, please refer to new file, available today under Competition > Downloads.

[11.08.11] Please refer to Competition Brief, 2.1 Registration, page 3. Should read “Registration will close Thursday, September 15, 2011 (midnight, CST)”. 

[11.08.11] Please direct any questions about the Migrating Landscapes Competition to FAQ page to come.



The Migrating Landscapes Organizer (MLO) is pleased to announce an open ideas competition for young Canadian architects and designers. This competition will be the main process for creating Canada’s official entry to the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture, entitled MIGRATING LANDSCAPES.

Themed around migration and cultural identity, MIGRATING LANDSCAPES examines how we as Canadians express our diverse cultural memories and the settling/unsettling dynamic of migration in contemporary settlements and/or dwellings. The competition invites young Canadian architects and designers to reflect on their migration experiences and cultural memories, and to design dwellings onto a new landscape, an exhibition infrastructure designed by MLO.

The project was inspired by the experiences of three young first generation Canadians who live in Winnipeg: Johanna Hurme (5468796 Architecture Inc., originally from Finland), Sasa Radulovic (5468796 Architecture Inc., originally from former Yugoslavia) and Jae-Sung Chon (University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture, originally from South Korea). Ms. Hurme, Mr. Radulovic and Mr. Chon have joined together as a curatorial team known as the Migrating Landscapes Organizer (MLO). MLO will act as organizers and curators of the project.

The intention of this competition is to bring the Venice Biennale to Canada, by promoting and exposing the up-and-coming generation of Canadian architects and designers to the Canadian public before showcasing them in Venice. The goal is to build a young, architectural “Team Canada” to represent Canada in Venice.

The competition will result in regional events and exhibitions at public venues from coast to coast, culminating in a National competition and exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in the spring of 2012, a precursor to the Biennale in Venice. This year-long tour across Canada will be a great opportunity to identify young and diverse next generation architects and designers across the country, to generate excitement about their work and architecture culture in general, and to build relationships between various communities (cultural, educational, institutional, corporate, industrial, etc) across Canada.

The year-long competition process will consist of three consecutive stages: pre-selection, regional and national. Winners of each stage will move on to the subsequent stage.

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Winners [listed in no particular order]:

184 / BC / D’Arcy Jones,Amanda Kemeny,Daan Murray,Melani Pigat 
204 / Maritimes / Marianna de Cola
189 / Maritimes / Stephen Kopp,Monica Adair,John Leroux,Jessie Croll,Alicia Halas
216 / BC / Mira Yung,IMu Chan
155 / Ontario / Andrew Batay-Csorba,Jodi Batay-Csorba
220 / Manitoba / Jason Hare
206 / Ontario / Kfir Gluzberg,Liana Bresler
212 / Quebec / Felix Tue
219 / Manitoba / Andre Silva,Chris Gilmour,Kory Kaspersion 
191 / Quebec / Enrique Enriquez
202 / Manitoba / Travis Cooke,Jason Kun
158 / Quebec / Anca Matyiku,Chad Connery
203 / Ontario / Erica Pecoskie,George Simionopoulos
239 / Alberta / Tiffany Shaw-Collinge
142 / BC / Amirali Javidan
160 / BC / Alana Green,Philipp Dittus,Katy Young,Olena Chytra
148 / Quebec / Jean-Nicolas Bouchard,Philippe Charest

160 / BC / Alana Green,Philipp Dittus,Katy Young,Olena Chytra

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