The Royal Conservatory and Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) are proud to accept the 2010 Heritage Toronto William Greer Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship Award of Excellence.
Robert G. Hill was also awarded the Award of Excellence in the Media Category for his Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada 1800 - 1950. This free online dictionary documents the careers and work of over 300 architects active in Toronto from 1800 to 1950 and nearly 1700 architects across Canada, as well as providing information about foreign architects who contributed to our built heritage. Based on original research, much of it unpublished, the site provides essential information about virtually every Canadian building of importance whose architect can be identified. Website: http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/
Now in their 36th year, The Heritage Toronto Awards celebrate the conservation and promotion of Toronto's history and heritage landmarks. The William Greer Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship Award specifically honours the restoration or adaptation of buildings already in existence for at least 40 years. This year’s ceremony was held at Koerner Hall, in the Royal Conservatory.
“It is humbling to have the Royal Conservatory recognized as among the finest architectural examples Toronto has to offer,” says Dr. Peter Simon, President of The Royal Conservatory of Music. “Thanks to the inspired vision of Marianne McKenna and the KPMB team, creative minds across the nation now count the Conservatory as a cultural destination.”
The 2010 Heritage Toronto Awards, chaired by Barbara McPhail, Vice Chair, Heritage Toronto board, who did not vote, was made up of the following distinguished jury:
• Jane Burgess, Stevens Burgess Architects, Ltd.
• Will deBacker, Spencer Higgins Architects, Inc.
• William Greer, former Chair, Heritage Toronto, current board member
• Christopher Hume, Toronto Star
“In celebrating the Conservatory’s past, we also celebrate and embrace its future as a leading cultural and educational destination for musicians and artists,” says Marianne McKenna, partner at KPMB and Design Architect for the project. “Through its architecture, we strived to highlight the importance of innovation, the necessity for creativity, and the marriage between traditional and contemporary.”
Founded in 1886, The Royal Conservatory is the largest and oldest independent arts educator in Canada. It is an internationally renowned centre for performance and learning, providing opportunities for personal development through music and arts education in over 300 communities across Canada and a dozen countries around the world. Each year more than 500,000 Canadians take part in Conservatory programs, examinations, and public school initiatives.