Emerging Architectural Practice Award — 2015 Recipient | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Emerging Architectural Practice Award — 2015 Recipient

Award Category: 
Emerging Architectural Practice Award

Left to right: Joyce Yam, Rami Bebawi, Olga Karpova, Katrine Rivard, France Moreau,
Tudor Radulescu, Dina Safonova, Killian O’Connor, Minh-Giao Truong & Gabriel Caya / Photo: Marc Cramer

KANVA is the Montreal multidisciplinary collective led by Tudor Radulescu (OAQ LEED PA MRAIC) and Rami Bebawi (OAQ MRAIC RBQ). Founded in 2003, KANVA demonstrates architecture’s transformative power through a range of disciplines and scales, from the ephemeral to the institutional.

With a triple-discipline expertise – architecture, construction and management – KANVA strives to not only meet clients’ goals, but also contribute a high level of value to their projects. The unification of construction skills with creativity ensures the expression and integrity of conceptual intentions in the final product, as well as allows building systems to address issues of design intention, budget and schedule.

The collective’s work has been featured in international publications such as Azure, Canadian Architect, Architecture Mouvement Continuité, Dezeen, ArchDaily, Designboom, Phaidon Atlas and The New York Times.

They are the recipients of a number of awards such as the 2013 RAIC Award of Excellence; multiple Grands Prix du Design Awards and the Illuminating Engineering Society Award.

KANVA has recently won the Warming Huts competition in Winnipeg and the international Space for Life architecture competition to re-imagine the Montreal Biodome, demonstrating the broad scope of their work.

This team of individuals with diverse cultural origins emphasizes the importance of bringing greater visibility to architecture. From initiating community outreach programs to bringing attention to a public project, KANVA is invested in rendering architecture more accessible to a wide audience of people.

Jury Comment(s): 

“This is a firm that is always looking to the future,” said the five-member jury that selected KANVA for the broad range and high quality of its projects.

“The firm is continually and consistently innovative,” said the jury members. “Their work has a strong experimental quality. It demonstrates experience and knowledge of construction detail and quality.”

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Edison Residence / Photo: Marc Cramer

Entre les Rangs / Photo: Cindy Boyce

Dialogues / Image: KANVA

Irène / Photo: Jimmy Hamelin

Migration du Biodôme / Image: KANVA

Aménagement Côté Jardin / Photo: KANVA

Dunham / Photo: KANVA

Movement Topographique / Image: KANVA

U110 / Photo: Jimmy Hamelin