RAIC announces 2021 Emerging Architectural Practice Award recipient | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

RAIC announces 2021 Emerging Architectural Practice Award recipient

OTTAWA, April 16, 2021–The RAIC is honoured to announce that Leckie Studio Architecture + Design, a Vancouver-based firm, is the recipient of the Emerging Architectural Practice Award for 2021.  

The RAIC Emerging Architectural Practice Award was established to recognize an emerging architectural practice that has consistently produced distinguished architecture.  

The award recognizes the achievements of the practice for the quality of their built work, service to their clients, innovations in practice, and public recognition. Eligible firms need to be practicing and licensed in Canada, and they can be no more than 10-years-old. This is to celebrate exciting new voices entering the architectural landscape of Canada. 

Founded in 2015, Leckie Studio is a 20-person practice based in Vancouver, led by Principal Architect and founder Michael Leckie.

The studio is understood as a vehicle for creative speculation—expanding the boundaries of traditional architecture practice through research, client commissions, and self-initiated projects that combine practice with creative entrepreneurship.  Rooted in a rigorous architectural methodology, the work of Leckie Studio spans a range of scales and typology – including buildings, installations, product design, and environmental design. The studio’s current portfolio is intentionally diversified in both typology and scale across Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Leckie Studio’s design philosophy is deeply rooted in mindfulness practice and an essentialist approach to life and work. 

A selective sample of their architectural work includes: 

  • UBC Arts Student Centre, Vancouver, BC  
  • Camera House, Pemberton, BC  
  • Ridge House, Portland, OR 
  • Full House, Vancouver, BC  

Jury Comments:

"In a short time, Leckie Studio Architecture + Design has produced a diverse collection of exquisite projects which demonstrate their extraordinary commitment to regionalism and their skillful understanding of materials, all evidenced by the enthusiastic support of their clients. Their work demonstrates careful attention to craft, materiality, and the specificity of place. The various projects enter an elegant dialogue with nature, and the use of wood contributes to this integration.  

Leckie Studio has produced beautiful and well-executed buildings, showing a depth of research, craft and understanding of materiality. They have also demonstrated a commitment to sustainability with their focus on research into sustainable prefabricated mass-timber construction. With their lovely DIY (do-it-yourself) cabin, they offer a refreshing option for the construction of small remote cabins, incredibly accessible to anyone with basic building skills. Their work displays a high degree of conceptual clarity and attention to detail in executing an impressive breadth for a young firm, spanning from private residences to public buildings. There is no doubt, Leckie Studio has a bright future ahead." 


The Jury for the 2021 Emerging Architectural Practice Award:  

Susan Ruptash, FRAIC   

BDP Quadrangle   

Toronto, ON   


André Perrotte, FIRAC    

Saucier+Perrotte Architectes   

Montreal, QC   


Drew Adams, MRAIC   

LGA Architectural Partners Ltd.   

Toronto, ON   


Marie-Odile Marceau, FIRAC   

McFarland Marceau Architects Ltd.   

Vancouver, BC   


Susan Fitzgerald, FRAIC   

Fowler Bauld & Mitchell Ltd.   

Halifax, NS   

About the RAIC

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) is a not-for-profit, national organization that has represented architects and architecture for over 100 years, in existence since 1907. The RAIC is the leading voice for excellence in the built environment in Canada, demonstrating how design enhances the quality of life while addressing important issues of society through responsible architecture. The RAIC’s mission is to promote excellence in the built environment and to advocate for responsible architecture. The organization's national office is based in Ottawa with a growing federated chapter model. Current chapters and networks are based in British Columbia, Alberta and Nova Scotia.