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Royal Conservatory wins 2011 AIA/CAE Educational Facility Design Award - Excellence
June 02, 2011

The AIA recognizes 13 projects with the 2011 CAE Educational Facility Design Award

For immediate release:
Washington, D.C. – June 2, 2011 –
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has selected13 educational and cultural facilities for this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The purpose of the design awards program is to identify trends and emerging ideas, honor excellence in planning and design, and disseminate knowledge about best practices in educational and community facilities.

The 2011 CAE Educational Facility Design Awards jury includes: Peter C. Lippman, Assoc. AIA (jury chair), JCJ Architecture; R. Thomas Hille, AIA, Tabula Rasa Architecture + Design; Christian Long (Educator), Be Playful / Design & Studio; David Schrader, AIA, SchraderGroup and Susan Whitmer (Researcher), Herman Miller, Inc.

13 awards were issued in three categories which include Citation, Merit and Excellence.

2011 CAE Educational Facility Design Awards recipients:


Royal Conservatory, TELUS Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects

The TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning is the culmination of two decades of planning and design to build a new home for the Royal Conservatory (RCM). The unique hybrid of teaching, rehearsal and performance promotes the intersection of student, professional and public life, and allows the RCM to deliver its educational and public programming locally and worldwide. The project involved the historic restorative and adaptive reuse of two Victorian masonry buildings and the addition of a major new pavilion housing practice studios, classrooms and the 1,135-seat Koerner Hall.

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