9 awards in 9 months!

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We have received our ninth award, after being open for only 9 months! Read more about the Prairie Design Award for Excellence below!


Setting an unprecedented incredible 9 Awards in 9 months, the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum has notched up a formidable array of endorsements!  The 2016 awards were hosted and organized by the Saskatchewan Association of Architects jointly with the Professional Associations of Alberta and Manitoba, and were announced on June 3rd at the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan jointly with the professional Architects Associations of Manitoba and Alberta. One hundred and one submissions were received in four categories: Recent Work, Small Projects, Landscape Architecture, and Interior Design. Of the projects selected, four received the Award of Excellence.


“Of course, we are thrilled yet again! What we have created here in the Grande Prairie region will transform destination dynamics, palaeo tourism, academic research and attract international attention in unprecedented ways in times to come”, says George Jacob, President & CEO of the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, who accepted the Award on behalf of the architectural team.


The Alberta Association of Architects (AAA), the Saskatchewan Association of Architects (SAA) and the Manitoba Association of Architects (MAA) have announced the winners of the 2016 Prairie Design Awards. Presented biannually by the three provincial architectural associations on a rotating basis, the Awards represent an opportunity to honour the uniqueness of the region’s powerful landscapes and the evocative history of its iconic prairie forms. More importantly, the Awards celebrate excellence in design across the prairie provinces, recognizing the talent, skill and commitment of architects and designers in realizing buildings, landscapes and interiors that surpass the expectations of their clients while elevating the standard of design and construction in Western Canada.


Representing a wide range of building types – from dinosaur museum to courthouse to portable pop-up library – the projects were chosen from cities and towns across the prairies: Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary and Wembley, Alberta. The buildings, installations and landscape/urban design interventions represent significant contributions to these communities, substantially improving the quality of life for their citizens through the creation of profoundly human environments and enhancements to the public realm.

The Project | Jury Comments:


Powerful contextual references to the specificities of site are successfully implemented in the building by Teeple Architects. The expressive roofline responds well to the Western Canadian context, evoking iconic silhouettes seen in the work of great prairie architects such as Clifford Wiens. There is a sense of the close connection between building and landscape; the Museum seems to emerge from the ground itself. Its hulking, muscular form belies an intimately scaled interior that is conducive for viewing the exhibitions contained within: intersecting and overlapping bridging elements provide a unique narrative experience rife with cinematic potential. The degree of technological innovation in the structure and structural connections is appreciated