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April 4, 2011

RAIC announces new Young Architect Award recipient


Architecture Canada is pleased to announce Taymoore Balbaa, MRAIC, as the first recipient of its Young Architect Award. Mr. Balbaa received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Waterloo andm won the RAIC Medal for Outstanding Thesis. In 2005, he became the inaugural winner of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners, working and conducting research in Spain, West Africa, Greece, and Egypt. In choosing Taymoore Balbaa, the Jury says it recognized “his impressive early achievements in the profession” and that he is an “exciting young architect with exceptional potential.”

His “breadth of professional focus and capability is impressive – he has consistently demonstrated an interest and ability to combine architectural practice with teaching, research, and exhibition. Mr. Balbaa is quickly emerging as a significant contributor to architecture, both in Canada and abroad. The future of this young architect will also most certainly prove interesting to watch.”

The Young Architect Award recognizes an architect under the age of 35, for excellence in design, leadership and/or service to the profession. It is intended that this award will inspire other young architects to become licensed and to strive for excellence in their work.

Mr. Balbaa also holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree from Waterloo, and took pre-professional architecture training in the Universitá Gabrielle D’Annunzio in Italy. He is a licensed architect with the OAA, and in the European Union with the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE).

In 2010, he became a founding partner of Atelier3AM, a multi-disciplinary firm actively engaged in the crossing of design and research. Since 2006, he has been the principal of Taymoore Balbaa Design Studio (TABA), and has developed a body of work that includes libraries, housing, live/work projects, cultural centres, and a place of worship. Prior to this he worked in the offices of Menis Arquitectos (Tenerife, Spain), and with the Toronto firm of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) as well as firms in Italy and New York.

He has taught at both Graduate and Undergraduate levels, including the Design Studio at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design (University of Toronto), and has lectured at universities in Berlin, Toronto, Napoli, Tunis, Istanbul, and Ottawa.