Emerging Architectural Practice Award — 2013 Recipient | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Emerging Architectural Practice Award — 2013 Recipient

5468796 Architecture Inc.
Award Category: 
Emerging Architectural Practice Award

5468796 Architecture is a Winnipeg-based studio that engages in all aspects and scales of architecture and design. Established in 2007, the office unites the diverse knowledge and experience of twelve young professionals.

5468796 believes that there are no ‘great project briefs’, and that it is the responsibility of the architect to find opportunities for exploration and innovation within even the most unremarkable proposal. While 5468796’s architecture always begins and operates within the parameters and realities of site, market and economy, the team also believes that every project, client, user and civic environment – regardless of budget – deserve an outcome that advances architecture in some way.

Recent recognitions include a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture and an Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Award for Bloc_10, PA Awards for Bond Tower and BGBX, an Architectural Review Future Projects Award for youCUBE, an RAIC Award of Excellence for OMS Stage, featured projects in Twenty + Change 02 / 03, and Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence for three consecutive years. 5468796 was one of ten firms featured in the 2011 Design Vanguard issue of Architectural Record, and was selected by The Architectural League NY to participate in their 2012 Emerging Voices lecture series.

The office makes design advocacy an ongoing pursuit through critical practice, professorships at the University of Manitoba, and various public engagements. In 2012, 5468796 co-curated Migrating Landscapes, Canada's official submission to the Venice Biennale in Architecture.

5468796 is the firm’s registration number and name.

Jury Comment(s): 

"5468796 represents the very best of Canadian practices. This firm clearly stands out on the Canadian architectural landscape and is undeniably helping to reshape it. Their work is refreshing and important in its combination of typological daring, visual playfulness and intellectual rigour - all the while, thoroughly engaging in the fundamental questions of architecture and urbanism. To have achieved the breadth and quality of work at this stage in their careers-- from urban pavilions to low-cost housing to multi-use commercial buildings-- is all the more remarkable."

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Guertin Boatport

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Webster Cottage

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Centre Village

photo: James Brittain Photography


photo: James Brittain Photography

OMS Stage

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