Schulich’s McEwen Building receives OAA 2020 Design Excellence Award

The Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building at the Schulich School of Business, York University, has been named a recipient of The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) 2020 Design Excellence Awards.

“We are very pleased to have external peer review confirm that we have achieved a very high standard of accomplishment for the McEwen Building, as this was always our intent,” said James McKellar, professor of real estate and infrastructure, and associate dean, external relations.

Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building

The biennial OAA Awards program recognizes and celebrates building projects that demonstrate architectural excellence, creativity and sustainable design. A jury of design and architecture experts selected 10 winners. Each of the 10 award-winning projects will be showcased later this month on OAA’s YouTube channel. Members of the public will be able to vote for their personal favourite and the top selection will receive a People’s Choice Award.

Designed by the international architectural firm Baird Sampson Neuert Architects, the Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building is one of the most environmentally sustainable academic buildings in North America. The $50-million building has a number of leading-edge technical features at the forefront of environmental sustainability, including a 27-metre high solar chimney for radiant heating and cooling, a green roof and rainwater recapture system.

This year’s award recipients will be honoured during a special online Celebration of Excellence taking place on Oct. 1.

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