Double Win at the Wood Design & Building Awards 2021-2022

Kariouk Architects are delighted to announce that we’ve won two awards in this year’s Canadian Wood Council’s Wood Design & Building Awards.

Our m.o.r.e. Cabin won a Merit Award and the Forest Retreat project won the Canadian Wood Council-Residential Award.

The awards program celebrates the use of wood in residential, commercial, and institutional architecture, and is open to submissions from around the world.

Other winners include a school in Germany, a social housing apartment in Spain, a ski club in Canada, an exposition centre in China, and a public library in the US. Also among the winners is the first Passive House–certified community centre in Canada.

The video below shows not only our project, but provides a tour of all the winning buildings from around the world.

“I’d like to thank the jury for selecting our projects for these awards, and I’d like to acknowledge the work of the people who contributed to the success of these projects, especially my colleagues Chris Davis and Adam Paquette,” said Paul Kariouk, principal of Kariouk Architects.

Full project credits, photos and descriptions are available on the m.o.r.e. Cabin and the Forest Retreat project pages.

“As the global architectural community tackles critical challenges that include reducing the carbon footprint of the built environment and meeting the vast and growing need for housing, it is clear that responsible development requires buildings that consider both embodied energy and operational impact,” said Andrew Bowerbank, vice-president of market development for the Canadian Wood Council. “Wood construction is an avenue for delivering the beautiful, sustainable, high-performance buildings of today and tomorrow.”

This is the 38th year for this awards program, and this year’s jurists were:

  • Marie-Odile Marceau, Principal at McFarland Marceau Architects.
  • Donald Chong, design principal at HDR.
  • Tom Chung, principal at Leers Weinzapfel Associates.

Kariouk Architects are the recipients of a number of awards in the past, including a National American Institute of Architecture Design Award, the most venerated award for architecture in the United States. We are also two-time Architizer award winners: one first place in design and the other recognized us as one of the top 5 small architectural firms from an international field.