Thanks to our 2021 Jury
Ewa Bieniecka, OAQ, PP-FRAIC, LEED AP BD+C – Project Manager, Decasult
Montréal native Ewa Bieniecka is a licenced architect with the Ordre des architectes du Québec. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture, and a post-professional Master of Architecture from McGill University.
An enthusiast of heritage and sustainability, she developed expertise in the design and planning process of large heritage landmarks. LEED certified since 2007, she brings her knowledge in guiding inter-disciplinary teams. Ewa practiced at The Arcop Group (now Architecture49 inc.) and Blouin et associés (now les architectes FABG). She worked on some of Canada’s most recognizable heritage landmarks on Parliament Hill in Ottawa namely the West Block and the East Block and the reconstruction of the Grande Allée Armoury in Québec City. Later, as conservation architect senior advisor at PSPC, she lead project teams and focused on upgrading and adaptively reusing existing buildings with heritage value.
In 2019 she joined Decasult as project manager, to work on the redevelopment of the former Royal Victoria Hospital and to meet McGill’s vision to promote sustainability and public policy expertise in the New Vic project. Active in community service, she served as 2017 President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and as board member on the City of Montréal’s Conseil du patrimoine.
Drew Adams, BES (planning), MArch, OAA, RAIC – LGA Architectural Partners
Drew is a multi-disciplinary designer with a background spanning architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. An Associate at LGA Architectural Partners in Toronto, he has led the design and execution of innovative and high profile public interest design projects including the precedent-setting youth shelter Eva’s Phoenix, the Evergreen Brick Works carbon neutral Kiln Building, laneway houses, a mass timber pavilion and current work as project architect for Indigenous House at the University of Toronto.
Drew’s speculative work also has been recognized in numerous international design competitions for net zero affordable housing in San Francisco to schemes for building resilient communities. This work has received recognition ranging from the prestigious Mies Crown Hall America’s Prize nomination to material innovation awards to the National Urban Design Award as well as publication features from Fast Company to Architectural Record to Topos. He recently co-authored a series for Azure on design and climate change, is a frequent speaker and guest critic, and occasional adjunct professor. In 2020, Drew was named recipient of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Emerging Architect Award.
Sean Ruthen, AIBC, FRAIC – Senior Project Architect, James KM Cheng Architects, Vancouver
Having honed his skills as an intern and intermediate architect on several large residential, institutional and transportation projects in and around Vancouver over the past two decades,
Sean Ruthen is currently working on two large masterplan developments in Vancouver and Coquitlam. He is also project lead for the redevelopment of TransLink’s former Oakridge bus barn 13.8 acre site in central Vancouver from its current blacktop state to trees, bioswales, and community gardens, with the overall masterplan featuring various green strategies from both LEED and Passive House, with sustainable food sources, a community market, and two-acre park.
Sean was recently elected to the national RAIC board as regional director for BC and Yukon. He was also a past organizer/professional advisor for several architectural ideas competitions that occurred in and around Vancouver between 2008 and 2012, including 100 Mile House, re:think Housing, poto:type, FormShift, and TownShift.