News archive - May 2021

Friday, May 21, 2021

Samantha Eby wins 2020 Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners

An alumnus of Waterloo Architecture was recently announced as the winner of a prestigious award through the Canada Council for the Arts.

Samantha Eby (BAS ’14), who works as an architectural designer at Batay-Csorba Architects in Toronto, is the recipient of the 2020 Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners.

The prize is awarded annually to a recent graduate of a Canadian architectural school – Eby went on to earn a master’s degree at the University of Toronto in 2018 – who has demonstrated exceptional potential in contemporary architectural design.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Tara Bissett recieves OUSA's 2021 Teaching Excellence Award

The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Teaching Excellence Award recognizes educators who excel at unlocking the potential of Ontario’s young people. Successfully engaging individuals in the learning experience depends on an instructor's ability to spark students' curiosity and desire to learn. An excellent instructor will be able to engage their students in the process of learning and discovery and help them develop the critical skills that form the foundation of a robust education.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Venice Biennale GROVE sneak peek

image of GROVE installation in progress

The Living Architecture Systems Group’s GROVE project opens this month at the Venice Biennale. The pool-shaped form in the middle acts as a kind of well that will receive a CGI-based film entitled Grove Cradle. 40 channels of sound will weave in and out around it, enacting a death-to-life-to-death cycle that includes mineral, liquid and organic forms rising and transforming into a child’s form who wakes and explores, touching and communicating hesitantly. Sound includes extracts from Flaubert’s Temptations of St.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Babyn Yar synagogue opens in Ukraine

image of the synagogue

A synagogue designed by Basel-based architect Manuel Herz for the Babyn Yar site in Kyiv, Ukraine, held it's official opening. It is a pop-up synagogue that stands in the tradition of the wooden synagogues of Eastern Europe that were all destroyed during the Holocaust. It is a building that is inspired by the children’s pop-up book.

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