2017 Honor Awards Jury
Shirley Blumberg CM, OAA, FRAIC, AIA is a founding partner of KPMB Architects and a Member of the Order of Canada “for her contributions to architecture and for her commitment to creating spaces that foster a sense of community.” Recent projects include 20 Washington Road at Princeton, Fort York Public Library, the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre at UBC, the Global Centre for Pluralism for the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation Campus, a winner of a Governor General’s Medal, an American Institute of Architects Honor Award, and a Royal Institute of British Architects International Award. Current projects include the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan and the Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Shirley is a member of the Toronto Community Housing Design Review Panel and established Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT), an independent initiative dedicated to the promotion of equality in the profession of Architecture.
Robert Harris FAIA, LEED Fellow is a recognized leader in sustainable design, and has founded his career upon identifying and developing ways that the built environment can improve the lives of individuals and quality of our communities. As Lake|Flato’s Partner-in-Charge of Sustainability, Bob has played a critical role in positioning the firm as a leader in environmental design and stewardship . Under Bob’s leadership, Lake|Flato became early adopters of the 2030 Challenge and AIA 2030 Commitment. Bob’s deep appreciation and love for nature is mirrored through his active engagement to change the way we think about the environment and to raise community discourse about biophilia — the innate human craving to connect with nature. Bob champions Geographer Jay Appleton’s notion of prospect and refuge, which posits that humans are most comfortable when they can both see outside and feel protected. Bob’s work is driven by the conviction that sustainable design is not a feature or value-added element of architecture but instead serves as an important tool to transform both communities and individual lives; and a tool that should be universally available and accessible. With his willing openness to make changes in the established norms of design and construction — both within the profession and within the community, Bob’s portfolio serves as an exemplar of the powerful impact of universal sustainable design to enrich communities. Bob enjoys fishing and hiking in Montana and the Pacific Northwest.
J. Meejin Yoon AIA, FAAR (b. Seoul, Korea) is a Korean-American architect and designer. In 2014, Yoon was appointed Head of the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Yoon is a registered architect and founder of MY Studio and Höweler + Yoon Architecture, LLP. Awarded the 2016 ACADIA Teaching Award, the 2013 Irwin Sizer award for Most Significant Improvement (and Innovation) to Education at MIT, the United States Artist Award in Architecture and Design in 2008, the Rome Prize in Design in 2005, and a Fulbright Fellowship in 1998, Yoon’s academic and professional work has been widely recognized for its innovative and interdisciplinary nature. She is the co-author of Expanded Practice: Projects by Höweler + Yoon and MY Studio (Princeton Architectural Press 2009), and Public Works: Unsolicited Small Projects for the Big Dig (MAP Book Publishers 2008). Yoon received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University, a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design with Distinction from Harvard University in 1997.