Recognized local church architecture


The Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Holy Protection of the Mother of God was among the nine buildings in the province recognized

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) will celebrate World Architecture Day virtually in 2022 with its annual Queen’s Park Picks (QP Picks) program – a collaborative celebration with MLAs across the province who share their passion for the local architecture. Each year, a special exhibition at Queen’s Park highlights a selection of exceptional buildings. However, after the legislature adjourns, the OAA will present the 2022 Queen’s Park Picks online.

An emerging theme from this year’s QP Picks is community, with many buildings playing an important role as spaces where people gather. As public health restrictions continue to ease and members of the public once again find themselves sharing spaces, the important role of community-centric buildings has become apparent. This year, the nominations highlighted some of the province’s most beloved gathering spaces.

Ahead of World Architecture Day, the first Monday in October, the OAA invites Ontario MPPs to reflect on the province’s unique architectural heritage and nominate a favorite building in their riding. This year, submissions were received from MLAs from all regions of the province, with nominations by MLAs from all parties.

Nine projects were selected by a jury of architects for this year’s Queen’s Park Picks online exhibition, including Holy Protection of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church in Guelph, nominated by MPP Mike Schreiner (Guelph). With nearly 1.5 million people across the country who identify themselves as Ukrainians (a number that will only increase as those fleeing Ukraine seek safety), Canada has the third most large Ukrainian population after Ukraine itself and Russia. Built in 1962 by Evhen Gren, this local landmark expresses the traditions and heritage of the community it serves and stands proudly as a symbol of Ukrainian culture in Canada.

The other eight buildings chosen were:

  • Capabilities Center in Whitby
    Architect: B+H Architects Corp.
    Nominated by MLA Lorne Coe
  • Adawe Crossing in Ottawa
    Architect: Stantec Architecture Ltd.
    Nominated by MPP Lucille Collard
  • Franklin Carmichael Art Center Building in Toronto (Etobicoke)
    Architect: unknown
    Candidacy submitted by Premier Doug Ford
  • Jeremiah McKay Kabayshewekamik at Sioux Lookout
    Architect: ft3 Architecture Landscape Interior Design in association with Manasc Isaac Architects (now Reimagine)
    Nominated by MP Sol Mamakwa
  • Arts Square in Sudbury
    Architects: Moriyama & Teshima Architects in joint venture with Yallowega Belanger Salach Architecture
    Nominated by MPP Jamie West
  • Union Station in Toronto
    Architects: Ross and MacDonald, Hugh Jones (Deputy Chief Architect, Canadian Pacific Railway) and John M. Lyle Architect
    Renovation architects (2022): NORR Architects and Engineers Limited, EVOQ Architecture Inc., Zeidler Architecture, PARTISANS (interior), IBI Group (second platform)
    Nominated by MPP Chris Glover
  • Victoria County Jail at Lindsay
    Architect: Cumberland and Storm
    Nominated by MPP Laurie Scott

    Victoria Hall (Brockville City Hall) in Brockville
    Architect: Henry H. Horsey
    Renovation architect: OE Liston
    Nominated by MPP Steve Clark

Highlighting the positive impact of the built environment remains central to the OAA’s mission in regulating the province’s architectural profession to protect the public interest. He has a long-standing, collaborative relationship with the provincial government and highly values ​​their mutual investment in meeting the needs of Ontarians.

“I am so thrilled that year after year, our MPPs join us in recognizing the wonderful examples of Ontario architecture found in every region of our province,” said OAA President, Susan Speigel. “We must continue to respect and revere these beautiful places that form a crucial part of our social fabric.”

To learn more about this year’s chosen buildings, as well as to view previous selections, visit or follow the OAA at @oaarchitects on Twitter and Instagram.



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