We are humbled and honoured to announce that Mukwa Waakaa’igan Indigenous Centre of Cultural Excellence is a recipient of the 2022 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence. This joint project with Smoke Architecture set to be constructed on the grounds of Algoma University’s Sault Ste. Marie campus intends to provide a safe space, welcoming visitors from across the globe to engage with and learn from Indigenous heritage.
“This project is a beautiful and complete expression of the Indigenous program and ethos with which it was designed. In plan and section, its sinuous form acts as a powerful foil to the colonial buildings amongst which it sits. The Mukwa Waakaa’igan Indigenous Centre is appropriately sited at the forefront of the residential school to which it is attached, creating a powerful building that reorients your spatial experience of the campus while inviting you to a place of learning and healing. Its deep integration into the landscape is exemplary.”
– Betsy Williamson, Juror
The Moriyama & Teshima Architects team wishes to extend our congratulations to every award winner in this year’s program. Be sure to get a copy of the December issue of Canadian Architect magazine to see all the recognized projects and photography. Click this link to read the official announcement.