2021 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

L’OEUF Architectes –  Daniel Pearl, Sudhir Suri, Jennifer Benis

Daniel PearlDaniel Pearl is Co-founding partner of L’ŒUF, which he formed with Mark Poddubiuk in 1992. Current partners include Sudhir Suri and Jennifer Benis. Daniel is also a half-time, Full Professor at Université de Montréal’s School of Architecture since 2001, and has chaired the academic committee for the Canada Green Building Council for many years. In 2017, L’ŒUF was a recipient of the Curry Stone Design Prize, honouring socially impactful design professionals and the influence of design as a force for improving lives and strengthening communities.

Sudhir SuriSudhir Suri joined the L’OEUF team in 2004, and became a full-time partner in 2011, joining Daniel Pearl, Mark Poddubiuk and Bernard Olivier. Sudhir innovates in collaborative design process, and for a quarter century his design work has developed on the pillars of social context and construction technique in both architecture and urban systems. He calls cities ‘our natural homes on earth’ and is convinced that ‘sustainability’ barely touches what is possible: meaningful, beautiful, and ecologically rich cities.

Jennifer BenisJennifer Benis joined the L’OEUF team in 2017. A new partner this year, joining Daniel and Sudhir, Jane is passionate about social interactions and the way they shape our society. She specializes in sustainable development and universal accessibility and is deeply attached to the development of projects in urban environments – especially those creating collaborations and community spaces. Jennifer is convinced that architecture must be designed first and foremost FOR and WITH all citizens, particularly through the Integrated Design Process.

Linda Chapman

Linda ChampanLinda Chapman has been the principal of Linda Chapman Architect, one of the leading eco-architectural practices in eastern Ontario for the past 25 years. The Ottawa based practice has been the recipient of numerous design and green building awards.  Our innovative work has ranged widely, from early adoption of The Integrated Design Team process, using Biomass construction materials such as Straw Bales, to Designing for Disassembly and future recycling. The Ottawa Mountain Equipment Co-op store and the later addition & renovation embodied all these innovations. Linda was instrumentally involved in research, testing, and promoting sustainable design in the “early days” with NRCan, IRAP, the OAA’s Committee on the Environment and the Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association’s Green Building Committee.  She has been a strong advocate of the numerous green building ratings systems, building energy audits and blower door tests. Our many project highlights include the first single-family LEED platinum house in Ottawa, numerous single family Passive Houses and developing a Net Zero Energy 4-unit Condominium Project. Design excellence of super energy efficient residential architecture has remained the touchstone of her practice. Despite her many accomplishments Linda is nevertheless happy to have retired in 2020 and looks forward to passing the “green building” torch on to the next generation.

Richard Lay

Richard LayRichard is a mechanical and biological engineer with 40 years’ experience designing building mechanical services, water and wastewater systems and working for healthy indoor environments in housing, institutional and commercial buildings. He has also enjoyed careers in ski coaching and metalwork. Richard helped establish the design group at Enermodal Engineering which became a predominant presence in the Canadian LEED profession. He has worked internationally and has many professional and industry awards for innovative and high performing building designs. Through the Enbridge Savings by Design program delivered by Sustainable Buildings Canada, Richard is a Subject Matter Expert advising building design teams on mechanical systems to improve the energy and water performance of diverse projects.


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