Lieutenant Governor’s Awards of Excellence in Architecture

About the Awards

The purpose of the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards in Architecture is to recognize and celebrate excellence in architectural design in recently completed projects by Newfoundland and Labrador Architects.

The award provides:

  • Recognition of excellence in architectural design by Newfoundland and Labrador Architects.
  • An opportunity to celebrate achievements of Newfoundland and Labrador Architects.
  • An opportunity to increase public understanding of the context and fabric of Newfoundland and Labrador architecture and to increase public understanding of how architecture reflects the society that builds it.
  • An opportunity to highlight the social, cultural, historical and economic forces expressed in Newfoundland and Labrador’s built environment.
  • An opportunity to foster the value of architecture in our daily lives.

Award Selection and Jurors

The award winning projects were selected by a jury of five individuals based on several principles the panel agreed to be important in design excellence.

  • Sustainability – good design must address the energy and environmental challenges facing the design/construction industry.
  • Replicability – Can it serve as a good example for other projects regionally, or nationally?
  • Efficacy – The project should demonstrate efficiency in program, design, materials and operations.
  • Appreciation for the profession – The value of an Architect in the design process must be evident.
  • Elevate design – The project should reinforce the importance of design to the public.

The Jurors included:

Dawn Boutilier MCIP- Land Use Planner: Dawn is a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and Treasurer of the Newfoundland and Labrador Branch of the Atlantic Planners Institute. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in architecture, Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies (BEDS) in 1995 from TUNS and a Masters of Urban and Rural Planning (MURP) in 1998 from Dalhousie University. With more than 10 years of land use planning and municipal policy experience most recently as a Senior Planner with the City of Calgary, Dawn’s areas of expertise include transit oriented development (TOD), community planning, public engagement, greenfield development, downtown planning and urban design. She is currently working for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in St. John’s focusing on land management and public consultation.

Peter Wilkins, Multimedia Artist: Peter Wilkins (British, b. 1968) is a multimedia artist based in Clarke’s Beach, Newfoundland. Wilkins’ various bodies of work have been exhibited in public and private galleries across Canada and abroad, including The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery (St. Johns’, NL), Confederation Centre Art Gallery (Charlottetown, PEI), the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria, B.C), and Canada House (London, England). His portrait and landscape artworks are held in public and private collections in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France and Greece. In 2009, Peter was the inaugural artist-in-residence at Memorial University (St John’s, NL). In 2011, his works based on the architecture of Toronto were exhibited as a featured exhibition of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival (Toronto, ON). In 2013, Wilkins exhibited at the 55th Venice Biennale in the Collateral Event, About Turn: Newfoundland in Venice, Will Gill & Peter Wilkins. His latest works were just shown at the Toronto Art Fair 2014 and in early 2015 he has an exhibition in London, UK.

Dr. Ted Cavanagh-Architect Professor Dalhousie Faculty of Architecture: Ted entered teaching from his own award-winning practice thirty years ago and continues to focus on architectural design. After an interval to complete his doctorate in the history of technology, his design work is appearing again in international architectural magazines. In March 2004, his coastal design work appeared in AD: Architectural Design, and a children’s theatre for the coastal community of Cheticamp in the May 2005 issue of the Journal of Architectural Education and a lamella-vaulted dining shelter in the January 2011 issue of Canadian Architect. His work has been published in Metropolis, Architectural Review, Progressive Architecture, OnSite and a number of times in Canadian Architect. Currently he and his students build innovative structures for Nova Scotia communities such as the twenty-meter long, six-meter diameter lamella vault for Ross Creek Arts Centre and the brick shell camera obscura overlooking a tidal salt marsh in Cheverie and a grid shell farmer’s market in Chéticamp. He is now working on a series of six grid shell structures across North America and leading a major initiative to resource design build education in the U.S. and Canada. Supported by over three and a half million dollars worth of grants, his research aims to contribute to rural development by introducing new ways of building into the local economy.

Gilles Saucier-Architect: Founded in 1988 by Gilles Saucier and Andre Perrotte, Saucier + Perrotte Architects is a multidisciplinary practice internationally renowned for its institutional, cultural and residential projects. From the beginning, the practice has integrally linked its architecture to geology and the landscape, stressing the physical and symbolic importance of the site while reflecting the firm’s understanding of architecture’s role in shaping the contemporary city and the rural landscape. The firm represented Canada at the prestigious Architecture Biennale of Venice in 2004, and in 2009 it received the RAIC Award of Excellence for Best Architectural Firm in Canada. Saucier + Perrotte’s highly acclaimed projects have received 7 Governor General Medals and have also been published the world over, reflecting the office’s status as one of Canada’s premier design firms. Saucier + Perrotte’s award winning and published works include cultural projects, civic buildings, and residential work for public and academic use with projects such as  the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Communication, Culture and Technology Building at the University of Toronto Mississauga. The work of Saucier + Perrotte Architects is extended by publication, teaching and research. Gilles Saucier received his diploma in architecture from the University of Laval (B.Arch. 1982). Since 1990, he has been a visiting professor and an invited critic at several Canadian and American universities, including MIT, University of Montreal, McGill University, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, and University of Seattle. In addition to lecturing at universities in North America, M. Saucier has been invited as a guest speaker for AIA Seattle and San Francisco, as well as for the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the New York Architectural League. He has also lectured at the Power-Plant series in Toronto and for “Architecture Rampant” at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. His work as a photographer has fine-tuned his approach to architecture and helped to evolve his perspective on the world. For more information please see:

Richard Moody, NLAA, Retired Architect: Richard graduated from Nova Scotia Technical College (now part of Dalhousie University) in 1968 with a BArch. After several years in the Canadian Armed Forces as a construction engineer he joined a local architectural firm and later became a partner in the Architects Guild. While there he worked on large government, education, office, research, and health facilities. In 1971 Richard joined the faculty of, what is now, College of the North Atlantic and helped develop the three year Architectural Engineering Technology Program. Since retiring he has been involved with the ‘Examinations for Architects in Canada’ in the preparation and implementation of these exams. Richard’s expertise is technically oriented and includes contract documents, building science, and building codes.

Lieutenant Governor’s Awards of Excellence in Architecture Results 2014

St. John’s, NL – On Thursday, January 29th, the Honorable Frank Fagan, Lieutenant-Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, presented the 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards in Architecture to Architects, Robert Mellin, Peter C. Blackie and Ron Fougere (Fougere Menchenton Architecture). This is the inaugural presentation of what will be a triannual event, celebrating outstanding contribution to the field of Architecture and the built environment of Newfoundland and Labrador, and to recognize the important role Architects and Architecture have in building communities across the Province. A Jury of five respected members of the community were tasked with adjudicating the impressive submissions and included professionals from Architecture, Planning and the Visual Arts.

The “Texmo-Storey Residence” in St. Philips by Architect Robert Mellin was completed early 2013. The challenge of this project was to reconcile passive solar orientation with the view to the west of Conception Bay and Bell Island. The house was recognized for its superior accommodation of the program within the sensitive context of its environment. The configuration of the glazing maximized the available light and the impressive views. Upper level rooms were configured around a deck that acts as a wind-protected alcove, oriented to the late morning and afternoon sun. The geometry of the exterior form of the house permits views from the upper floor study and bedroom to the dining and living areas. Entering the foyer on the east side on the upper level, there is a view through the house of Conception Bay that becomes more dramatic as you progress further into the house. The sloped ceiling is lower in the entrance foyer, gradually rising to a storey and a half by the living room to the west. This enhances the view of the bay and orients the house towards the view. The exterior detailing is modern, but relates to the way traditional painted wooden clapboards and trim boards were once used on historic houses in a spare and understated manner.

The “12 Forest Avenue Residence” in St. John’s by Architect, Peter Blackie, is a single-family dwelling designed to express a modern aesthetic inspired by vernacular buildings in Newfoundland Outports. Using a clear architectural language, these objectives were achieved at three distinct but collaborative scales; Urban Design, Building Design, and Materiality. The urban design strategy for this house was threefold; to take advantage of the available natural light on the site, to find a balance with the existing urban fabric, and to use simple primary and secondary forms to generate clarity of space and use for both building and site.

The building design strategy involved maximizing the building’s access to natural light, achieved by siting it as far to the North end of the property as possible. Glazing the South wall opened up the main living space to the outdoors and South light. Secondary forms or ‘outbuildings’ in this urban setting, attach to the primary form and respond to the desire to give expression to the specialized forms of Outport vernacular. The program elements of these forms are reinforced with the use of colour; white for the primary form, and black for secondary forms that include utilitarian elements. A red secondary form designates a special space off the main living space – a sun room with a balcony off the Master Suite above. A 4 foot thick ‘service wall’ along the North reinforces the openness to the South.

The Materiality of the project involved extensive South fenestration allowing natural light to wash the simple elements of the interior. Natural materials were left untreated, facilitating an honesty that respects the ‘Outport Modern’ aesthetic of the project. Polished concrete floors downstairs in the public space have radiant heating, and contrast with the naturally finished local birch floor of the upstairs. Light paint colours are used extensively and are contrasted only to express the totemic element of the wood burning fireplace where the black of the secondary form is brought inside. Natural birch kitchen cabinetry is coupled with light grey granite countertops. Simplicity and honesty are the driving principles behind the material expression of the project.

The “Lilly Building” designed by lead Architect, Ron Fougere, was the significant renovation and addition of a former merchant storage building, into a shared home for youth facing homelessness. The design incorporates sustainable practices and energy efficiency. Also, the construction was kept simple, so that the youth could actively be involved in both the design process and in the building of the space. One of the most unique aspects of this project is the active role stakeholders and inhabitants played in the design and construction. What may have been envisioned prematurely as an “apartment” type complex, evolved into a series of personal spaces and sleeping rooms all within “one big house”, so the youth could feel comfortable from their bedroom, to community living spaces.

“Each of these outstanding projects represent the best of what architectural design brings to our communities,” said Mark Penney, NLAA President. “As a profession, we take great pride in the fact that we are not just designing functional buildings, we’re building communities. Each of these designs represents the communities they reside in as well as the best standards in energy efficiency and sustainability for the future.”

“Through advocacy, the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects (NLAA) strives to bring richness, appreciation, and excellence to the architecture of our Province. We are the sister arm of the Architectural Licensing Board of Newfoundland and Labrador (ALBNL), and we work to support our members, bring awareness to the public, and highlight architecture value to our built environments.”


For more information contact:

Lynda Hayward, Hon. MRAIC, Administrative Director

Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects

Office: 709.726.8550

Email Address:


The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects (NLAA) is pleased to invite all licensed Newfoundland and Labrador Architects to participate in the competition for the 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards of Excellence in Architecture. This inaugural tri‐annual competition fulfills a critical role in recognizing and promoting excellence in the Newfoundland and Labrador built environment. The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 29th 2014 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.

The objective of the 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards of Excellence in Architecture is to recognize and celebrate outstanding architectural design as demonstrated by projects recently completed in construction in Newfoundland and Labrador by members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects.

This award will provide:

  • Recognition of outstanding architectural design by members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects.
  • An opportunity to celebrate the achievements of members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects.
  • An opportunity to increase public understanding of the context and fabric of Newfoundland and Labrador architecture and to increase public understanding of how architecture reflects the society that builds it.
  • An opportunity to highlight the social, cultural, historical and economic forces expressed in Newfoundland and Labrador’s built environment.
  • An opportunity to foster the value of architecture in our daily lives.


Projects built in Newfoundland and Labrador, which were completed between January 01, 2010 and December 31, 2013 for which members of the NLAA were the lead design Architects, registered with the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects and the Architects Licensing Board of Newfoundland and Labrador at the time of construction completion, are eligible to be submitted. Any built work may be submitted including new construction, renovation, restoration, and additions to existing buildings; urban, rural or suburban works, of any project size. Projects completed outside of the dates indicated above are not eligible
for consideration for this competition.


This competition will result in the awarding of one Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence in Architecture and up to three Awards of Merit in Architecture. The projects will be judged on their own merits, there are no categories of project types. The winners will be announced at the Government House in St. John’s, NL. This announcement will also mark the opening of a Public Exhibition of selected submissions. Winning submissions will also be featured in general media coverage. Selected submissions will be kept by the NLAA for public relations purposes, including future Exhibitions in Communities throughout the Province.


Jury members are to be confirmed. The jury will contain representation from the perspective of Architects and Allied Professionals and/or Members of the Community. All submissions will be prescreened for conformance to the submission criteria, prior to being judged. The decision of the Jury will be final.


Complete the Intent to Submit Form for each entry to be submitted and forward to the NLAA on Friday June 27, 2014. Architects may enter as many submissions as they wish. Each submission requires the Intent to Submit Form.

To obtain additional information, refer to the Call for Submissions Document and/or contact the NLAA at