Four Canadian projects shine in North American Copper in Architecture awards

Four Canadian projects are among the 19 winners at the Copper Development Association’s (CDA’s) 16th annual North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) awards.

Three of the projects were in the restoration category, and one in custom fabrication.

These were the awarded projects:

Custom fabrication

  • A compelling and inventive solution for accessibility at the University College in Toronto, Ontario, designed in collaboration by the architects, KOHN SHNIER and ERA Architects, Inc., featuring a copper cladding by Cladco Limited.


  • Re-roofing Dawson College Kindergarten in Montreal, Quebec, led by TLA Architectes and contractor Toitures Trois Étoiles.
  • Reviving Saint-Hyacinthe Public Market in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, led by Affleck de la Riva, architectes, with metal construction by Couverture Montréal Nord.
  • Performing a seismic upgrade and re-roofing Heritage Hall in Vancouver, British Columbia, led by McGinn Engineering & Preservation, with metal construction by Grist Slate & Tile Roofing, Inc.

The NACIA awards, launched in 2008, celebrate design excellence, recognize quality craftsmanship, and highlight diverse uses of copper in architectural applications.

Judges consider each submission for the presence and use of copper within the building, the quality of its installation and function, and the esthetic and significance of the project overall.

“This year’s winners applied the beauty of copper to a wide variety of building types,” says Larry Peters, project manager at CDA. “Copper fulfills an amazing variety of practical and esthetic functions. The work of these architects and building professionals shows why copper’s adaptability sets the highest standard for sustainable roofs, cornices, cladding, wall systems, and decorative ornamentation.”

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