Young Architect Award — 2011 Recipient

Award Category: 
Emerging Architect Award

Taymoore Balbaa received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Waterloo and won the RAIC Medal for Outstanding Thesis. In 2005, he became the inaugural winner of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners, working and conducting research in Spain, West Africa, Greece, and Egypt. He also holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree from Waterloo, and took pre-professional architecture training in the Universitá Gabrielle D'Annunzio in Italy. He is a licensed architect with the OAA, and in the European Union with the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE).

In 2010 he became a founding partner of Atelier3AM, a multi-disciplinary firm actively engaged in the crossing of design and research. Since 2006, he has been the principal of Taymoore Balbaa Design Studio (TABA), and has developed a body of work that includes libraries, housing, live/work projects, cultural centres, and a place of worship. Prior to this he worked in the offices of Menis Arquitectos (Tenerife, Spain), directing the designs of a social housing project and an urban park in Spain. In 2004-2005 he worked with the Toronto firm of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) on the Manitoba Hydro Downtown Office project. With Massimiliano Fuksas Architetto in Rome, Italy in 2000-2001, he was project architect and worked on several notable projects in Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Hong Kong. He has also worked with HLW International in New York and, in 1998, assisted on the Parthenon Restoration Project in Athens, Greece.

At both Graduate and Undergraduate levels, Taymoore has taught Design Studio at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design (University of Toronto), and has lectured at universities in Berlin, Toronto, Napoli, Tunis, Istanbul, and Ottawa. In addition, he has been an invited critic for the Pratt Institute (Rome) and at the Yale School of Architecture. Currently, he serves as Sessional Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

Jury Comment(s): 

"The RAIC has named Taymoore R. Balbaa the recipient of this year's Young Architect Award in recognition of his impressive early achievements in the profession. The future of this young architect will also most certainly prove interesting to watch."

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New Holmenkollbakken Ski Jump Competition (Oslo, Norway) | design: Atelier3AM w/ Jason King Associates

rendering: Farid Noufailly & Pooya Baktash

San Giacomo Parish (Foligno, Italy) | design:  Massimiliano Fuksas Architetto (Taymoore Balbaa-team member)

photo: Moreno Maggi

Courtyard Housing (Evia Island, Greece) | design: Taymoore Balbaa Design Studio (TABA)

photo: Taymoore Balbaa

Cuchillitos Park (Tenerife, Spain) | design: Menis Arquitectos (Taymoore Balbaa – team member)

photo: Menis Arquitectos

Agios Pavlos Yoga Centre & Villas (Crete, Greece) design: Taymoore Balbaa Design Studio

rendering: Kyrylo Lobach