2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
Birgit Siber has practiced architecture at Diamond Schmitt since 1996 and became a principal in 2003. She is a champion for sustainability, innovation and design excellence. As chair of the office sustainable design committee, she actively promotes green building initiatives within the office, community and at sustainable design conferences.
Birgit led the design installation of the first innovative, large-scale Living Wall Biofilter in Canada at the University of Guelph Humber. She also spearheaded ecoMetrics, an energy-use benchmarking databank and analysis tool, to foster energy literacy and inform strategies for energy-use reduction. As project architect, Birgit has focused predominantly on institutional and laboratory projects. Her passion for sustainable design includes the LEED Platinum certified CANMET Metallurgical Materials laboratory in Hamilton, the recipient of the 2015 AIA COTE Top 10 Award for sustainable design. Lazaridis Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University achieved LEED Gold certification and won a Civic Trust Award (UK) and SCUP Excellence in Architecture Award (USA) in 2019.
Teresa Coady is a Canadian architect and the former president and founding partner of the Vancouver, British Columbia-based architecture firm B+H BuntingCoady (now part of B+H Architects). She is a member of the Canadian Chapter of the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment and a member of the United Nations Environment Programme Advisory Board. She is the author of Rebuilding Earth: Designing Ecoconscious Habitats for Humans. Teresa Coady received her degree in Architecture in 1983 from the University of British Columbia. She is best known for her architectural work in the area of sustainability and energy-efficient design. In 1993, Teresa Coady and Tom Bunting founded Bunting Coady Architects; the practice was renamed in 2010 to B+H Bunting Coady Architects Inc. Coady completed two years of engineering and received a bachelor of fine arts prior to pursuing a master’s degree in Architecture
Janna Levitt co-founded LGA Architectural Partners (formerly Levitt Goodman Architects). She believes buildings can serve as a connector between culture and people. Her projects often involve implementing transformative cultural and environmental agendas, developed with diverse group of collaborators and communities. As Partner in Charge, she has led LGA projects throughout Ontario that include Laurentian University’s new McEwen School of Architecture, the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, the Mabelle Arts Park Pavilion, Kitchener Public Library’s central library, the Toronto Birth Centre, and the Kiln Building Redevelopment at Evergreen Brick Works. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and Dalhousie University School of Architecture. Janna lectures widely on architecture and the arts and is an active jury member and panellist on architectural and urban design issues across the country. She has been an Arts Build Ontario mentor, and from 2011 to 2015 served on the Canada Council Venice Biennale Advisory Committee. Janna is currently on the Metrolinx Design Excellence Review Panel and the Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel.