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Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement

Eiri Ota and Irene Gardpoit

Eiri Ota and Irene Gardpoit

Photo: Luis Mora

Current Winner


UUfie is an interdisciplinary research-based architecture studio founded in 2009 by partners Irene Gardpoit and Eiri Ota in Tokyo, Japan. Since 2013, UUfie has been based in Toronto, Canada. UUfie’s work spans the fields of art, architecture, landscape, furniture and product design. UUfie’s work speaks to the natural world and, to that end, the studio celebrates experimentation, diversity and site-specificity with an aim to create “experiences of transition” that evoke nature in all of its work.

To learn more, visit the UUfie website.

What is this prize?

The Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement is given to a practitioner of architecture or an architectural firm. The successful candidate must be in the early stages of a career or practice and must demonstrate both outstanding creative talent and exceptional potential in architectural design. 

Who created this prize?

The award was established in 1990, in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts, by friends and colleagues of the eminent Canadian architect Ronald J. Thom. The award honours Mr. Thom's life and work and celebrates the buildings he designed and the encouragement and inspiration he gave his colleagues.

For more information


1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 6004


October 2022


Prize amount


By application

Updated guidelines will be posted 2 months prior to the deadline.
Submit your application to architecture-prizes@canadacouncil.ca.

Cumulative list of winners

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