2017 CAA Business Awards



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The Consulting Architects of Alberta (CAA) is pleased to be launching its inaugural and unique awards program for architects.  

ELIGIBILITY

  • Work by an Alberta firm (or firms), undertaken or completed in Alberta.
  • Work to have begun or due for completion within five years of the award year.
  • Eligibility is not limited to CAA membership
  • Submissions are to be in keeping with the CAA vision, mandate, and mission.

(Please find introductory information at the bottom of this page.)


HOW TO SUBMIT

  • Submit digital files (PDF) via email only. Submissions to be a maximum of six letter size written pages.  
  • Submit to the CAA c/o Executive Director Jayne Jeneroux.


Not sure what to submit?
Here are a few business submission examples:


  • A Change of Address notice that utilized a printed image of the new office location that could be cut out and assembled as a 3D model with the new address affixed to the model.
  • Hosting an annual barbecue for a worthwhile community non-profit group and accepting donations to support the event and all proceeds going to the community group.
  • A software program developed internally that combines time sheets, distributing the hours to appropriate projects, a spread sheet that gives daily or weekly financial snap-shots  for each project, a dynamic spread sheet that allows a "what-if" scenario for the development of proposed fees, etc.
  • A clever and creative format for an RFP that is distinctive and sets the proposal apart from other submissions.
  • Creative experiments in office environment (e.g. creating a positive atmosphere that fosters creativity, teamwork, or mentorship and encourages retention and development of quality staff).

Here are a few more ideas that hopefully spark inspiration:

 

  • A Change of Address notice that utilized a printed image of the new office location that could be cut out and assembled as a 3D model with the new address affixed to the model.
 
  • Hosting an annual barbecue for a worthwhile community non-profit group and accepting donations to support the event and all proceeds going to the community group.
 
  • A software program developed internally that combines time sheets, distributing the hours to appropriate projects, a spread sheet that gives daily or weekly financial snap-shots  for each project, a dynamic spread sheet that allows a "what-if" scenario for the development of proposed fees, etc.
 
  • A clever and creative format for an RFP that is distinctive and sets the proposal apart from other submissions.

 

ADDITIONAL EXAMPLES FOR WINNING CATEGORIES


    • Creative experiments in office environment (e.g. creating a positive atmosphere that fosters creativity, teamwork, or mentorship and encourages retention and development of quality staff).
    • Technical innovations in office management (e.g. developing processes or products that increase efficiency or enable greater insight into operations).
    • Creative business development (e.g. uncovering opportunities through novel consultation processes that engage community, political, and business leaders in an innovative way).
    • Innovations in project delivery (e.g. use of novel approaches or technologies in project management, coordination, contract administration).
    • Excellence in increasing awareness (e.g. successful, high-profile delivery of under-appreciated services; increasing client, industry or public awareness of creative contributions to community development that can be made by architectural firms).
    • Creative partnerships (e.g. innovative team organization or membership; successfully teaming with atypical consultants, specialists, stakeholders; or providing unique facilitation processes).
    • Excellence in community service (e.g. commitment to, charitable, philanthropic, volunteerism, or outreach; or advancing activities that highlight the community building contributions of architectural practice in the province).

     

    AWARDS RECEPTION

    • The Awards event will be linked to CAA’s 8th anniversary and AGM Thursday, September 21, 2017 and continue annually.
    • Opportunity for display of successful award submissions.

     

    ENTRY FEE

    • Entry fee for CAA members: $150. (Note: A firm may submit multiple submissions with the submission fee.)
    • Entry fee for non-members: $300. (Note: A firm may submit multiple submissions with the submission fee.)           
    (Firms may submit multiple submissions with their single submission fee.)

     

    DEADLINE

    • August 8, 2017.

     

    If you are not yet on our mailing lists please contact Rusti Lehay to be added to our growing list.

     

    INTRODUCTORY INFORMATION

    There are already a number of architecture-related awards programs, but none like the program the CAA is about to launch for 2017.  This program will focus on the “business” of architecture.

    The CAA was established to represent the business interests of architectural firms in Alberta.  As an association, we are focused on the business aspect of architecture, and so too, is the CAA Awards Program.

    The CAA Awards are designed to highlight the value of potentially under-recognized skills and contributions of Architects.

    Essentially, we are looking for creativity and excellence in the business of architecture in Alberta. That could be achievements and innovation in problem-solving or it might be planning in a broad, business-oriented sense.  The work may or may not directly result in a completed building.