The Centre for International Governance Innovation Campus (CIGI Campus) has won a top architectural honour from the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA). It has also been nominated for an OAA People’s Choice award.

Voting for the People’s Choice takes place until April 15, by visiting the OAA’s website:

The OAA selected the CIGI Campus and 14 other projects, out of 170 applicants, to receive the 2013 Award of Design Excellence. Designed by Canada's leading firm KPMB Architects, the CIGI Campus is located in Waterloo, Ontario and is a hub of Canadian-based research and studies in international affairs. The campus began construction in 2009 and opened in 2011.

“On behalf of CIGI, I would like to congratulate the outstanding team at KPMB Architects for this achievement,” said CIGI President Rohinton Medhora. “The OAA award is a testament to the talent and vision of the architects and their ability to create a uniquely vibrant yet idyllic environment for higher-learning.”

"The program for the CIGI Campus is a highly innovative approach to an institution of higher learning, and CIGI had a clear vision of their campus as a vibrant sanctuary in Uptown Waterloo. We were fortunate to work with clients with such foresight,” said KPMB Partner Shirley Blumberg.

In 2012, the CIGI Campus was honoured with an architectural excellence award from the Royal Institute for British Architects. The campus was also declared the 2012 Project of the Year by Canadian Interiors’ Best of Canada Design Competition and was shortlisted at the World Architecture Festival in July 2012. In February, it was featured in the prestigious magazine The Plan, which is published in Italy and is famous internationally.

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Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7238, Email: [email protected]

Colin Geary, KPMB Architects
Tel: 416.977.5104, ext. 425, Email: [email protected]

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of Research In Motion (Blackberry), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit

KPMB Architects is one of Canada’s leading architectural firms and the recipient of over 175 awards for design excellence, including 12 Governor General’s Medals. The firm, founded by Bruce Kuwabara, Thomas Payne, Marianne McKenna and Shirley Blumberg, is responsible for widely-acclaimed projects such as the Gardiner Museum, the Toronto International Film Festival Bell Lightbox, Canada’s National Ballet School and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Through the projects and teaching, KPMB has established a reputation for a diverse portfolio of architecture that is consistently contextual, civil, supportive and characterized by excellence at every level. For more information, please visit


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