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by Journal Of Commerce

Winnipeg-based 5468796 Architecture Inc. is the recipient of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's (RAIC) first-ever emerging architectural practice award.

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Winnipeg-based 5468796 Architecture Inc. is the recipient of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's (RAIC) first-ever emerging architectural practice award.

Under the guidance of Johanna Hurme, Sasa Radulovic and Colin Neufeld, the office unites the diverse knowledge and experience of 12 young professionals, “symbolized by the single table that they share.”

In a release, the RAIC said 5468796 believes that there are no “great project briefs” and that it is the responsibility of the architect to find opportunities for exploration and innovation “within even the most unremarkable proposal.”

While 5468796’s architecture always begins and operates within the parameters and realities of site, market and economy, the team also believes that every project, client, user and civic environment – regardless of budget – deserves an outcome that advances architecture in some way.

“(The firm) represents the very best of Canadian practices. It clearly stands out on the Canadian architectural landscape and is undeniably helping to reshape it,” the jury stated.

“Its work is refreshing and important in its combination of typological daring, visual playfulness and intellectual rigour — all the while, thoroughly engaging in the fundamental questions of architecture and urbanism. To have achieved the breadth and quality of work at this stage in their careers — from urban pavilions to low-cost housing to multi-use commercial buildings — is all the more remarkable.”

In a short time, the RAIC said, 5468796 has already left a lasting impression on the built environment and received many awards including a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture and an RAIC Award of Excellence.

It makes design advocacy an ongoing pursuit through critical practice, professorships at the University of Manitoba and various public engagements. The firm will receive its award during the president’s dinner & awards gala at the upcoming 2013 Festival of Architecture.

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