The Prairie Design Awards are presented in cooperation between:

Alberta Association of Architects Saskatchewan Association of Architects Manitoba Associaton of Architects


Bruce Kuwabara, O.C.

Founding Partner, KPMB Architects

Bruce Kuwabara, O.C.Bruce Kuwabara is an award-winning architect and a Founding Partner of KPMB Architects in Toronto. He is a recipient of the RAIC Gold Medal (2006) and an invested Officer of the Order of Canada (2012) for his significant contributions to Canadian architecture. His projects have received numerous Governor General’s Medals in Architecture, including Kitchener City Hall, Canada’s National Ballet School, and the Remai Modern art gallery in Saskatoon. Internationally acclaimed projects include Manitoba Hydro Place in Winnipeg, Isttaniokaksini/Science Commons at the University of Lethbridge, the Center for Computing & Data Sciences at Boston University, the CAMH Research Centre in Toronto, and the new Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax.

D’Arcy Jones

D’Arcy JonesD’Arcy Jones leads a Vancouver studio practice recognized for design excellence. D’Arcy Jones Architects (DJA) was established in 2000 after D’Arcy completed a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Manitoba. DJA are known for their clarity, construction detailing, and experimentation with architecture’s artful aspects. The studio’s ideas and responses to contemporary conditions have earned them numerous publications and awards, nationally and internationally. Practice honours include an AIBC Emerging Firm Award, a RAIC Emerging Architectural Practice Award, and the Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement from Canada Council for the Arts. Project honours include an AFBC Design Excellence Award, AIBC Lieutenant Governor Award of Excellence Medals, Canadian Architect Awards, and a Vancouver Urban Design Award. Dalhousie Architectural Press recently published D’Arcy Jones Architects: 2009-2020, a new monograph about the studio’s work and design process.

Elsa Lam

Elsa LamElsa Lam is editor of Canadian Architect magazine. She holds a doctorate in architectural history and theory from Columbia University, completed under the supervision of Kenneth Frampton and Vittoria di Palma. She previously studied architectural history at McGill University and architectural design at the University of Waterloo. Lam has written extensively for architecture and design magazines. She is the co-editor of the book Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the Present (Princeton Architectural Press and Canadian Architect, 2019). She has taught architectural writing at the University of Waterloo and at Toronto Metropolitan University, and has worked in the curatorial and research departments at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.

James Brittain

James BrittainJames Brittain is an award-winning photographer working from studios in Montreal, Canada and London, UK. He has more than 20 years of commissioned experience in the field of architecture and his pictures are widely published in books and magazines around the world.

Brittain uses his commissioned work to support his own photographic practice exploring the human experience of the built environment. His personal work has been exhibited at the Architectural Association Gallery in London, UK, and at the Contact Photography Festival in Toronto, Canada.

Brittain been the principal photographer for a number of recent books about architecture, including a monograph on the work of Canada’s MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects (Thames and Hudson), and a new volume about the art and architecture of the UK’s Kensington Palace (Yale University Press).

Lola Sheppard

Lola SheppardLola Sheppard is Professor at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and a founding partner, together with Mason White, of Lateral Office, a Toronto-based practice.  Lateral Office’s work operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. The firm is committed to design as a research vehicle to pose and respond to complex, urgent questions in the built environment, engaging in the wider context and climate of a project– social, ecological, or political. They have been pursuing research and design work on the role of architecture and infrastructure in rural and remote regions, particularly the Canadian North, for the past ten years. They are currently working on a Inuit healthcare research center and community hub in Iqaluit and a masterplan for a new development in Corman Park, Saskatchewan.


Lateral Office' work has been exhibited extensively and Lola has lectured across the USA, Canada and Europe.  Lola Sheppard is co-author, with Mason White, of the book Many Norths: Spatial Practice in a Polar Territory (Actar 2017) and of Pamphlet Architecture 30, COUPLING: Strategies for Infrastructural Opportunism, published by Princeton Architectural Press (2011).

Mark van der Zalm

Mark van der ZalmMark is the founder of van der Zalm + associates (VDZ+A) in Vancouver and Fort Langley, BC. He has over 25 years experience as a landscape architect in the Lower Mainland and is a leader globally in Parks and Recreation and the Action Sports consulting community. Mark has presented on panels across North America advocating for greater appreciation for “tactical recreation” and diversity in programming, and support for youth.

Mark has served as a member of the City of Surrey Design Panel, He is the president-elect of Metro Vancouver Parks Foundation, and has also served as President of the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects - overseeing the 10 year strategic plan. Mark has also served his Alma Mater as a member of the University Advancement board at Utah State University. Mark is a registered landscape architect in all jurisdictions across Canada as well as several states in the USA. Mark’s current project portfolio includes active consulting work around western Canada, the Pacific Northwest, Southern USA, and the United Kingdom.


Eduard Epp

B.E.S., M.Land.Arch., M.Arch., MRAIC

Eduard EppBorn and raised in Vancouver, Ed began his professional design education at the University of Manitoba. His early practice was directed to architecture and urban design in Winnipeg and Vancouver, followed by post-graduate studies at McGill. Ed commenced teaching in the Department of Architecture at the University of Manitoba in 1997. During his tenure, he served as Director of UM Campus Planning and Design; undertook research in sustainable community design for CMHC; established the International Centre for Flood Architecture; and as Chair of the Environmental Design Program, reformed the undergraduate design program. His publication record and works reflect these activities and he has lectured in North America, Europe and Asia. Ed has received awards and recognition: for his teaching, research, and design studio work; for his service work to the university and to the profession. In 2020, Ed returned to private practice and is currently building the family cottage.

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