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Commendations

Hariri Pontarini Architects’ work is noteworthy and significant in the rigour, balance, and utter refinement of form, materials and detail control and in the utmost precision in execution, evidenced in all their projects. The jury particularly appreciated the range of work—from high-rise housing to public buildings—all demonstrating responsiveness to site, program and tectonics.
——The jury for the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s 2013 Architectural Firm Award

Hariri Pontarini Architects has established its reputation as sculptors working in architecture, an honour that places them among the most esteemed architects at work in Canada.
—Lisa Rochon, Architecture Critic, The Globe and Mail

Though they avoid the loud and splashy, their insistence on excellence shines through every project, whether it’s a women’s shelter, a high-rise condo, a school or a religious temple.

—Christopher Hume, Architecture Critic, Toronto Star

The [Toronto office of McKinsey and Company] is more than just beautiful—it really works. I am pleased to say that the project was delivered on-time and on-budget despite numerous external obstacles that came our way.

—Merhdad Baghai, Former Partner, McKinsey & Company

Our mandate was “world-class” building, and it is a widely-held view that this is what we received. The Governor General’s Award confirmed the level of excellence we demanded. Siamak Hariri is an outstanding designer, with an ability to synthesize complex programmatic elements into forceful design concepts. He delivered what was promised and what we expected.

—James McKellar, Associate Dean, York University

During the design phase, HPA studied our need extensively, and produced a complete analysis of our program requirements. This work has been translated into a building which we find both sensitive and functional for our organization. In addition, the restorations to the historical buildings were executed with an understanding of our organizational requirements as well as a need to preserve our history and the beauty of the buildings. In many ways the outcome exceeded our expectations.

—Christinne Watt, Manager of Robertson House

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