Siamak Hariri

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Siamak Hariri
Co-Founder of Hariri Pontarini Architects
Personal details
Born1958 [1]
Bonn, West Germany
Alma materUniversity of Waterloo
Yale University School of Architecture

Siamak Hariri (born September 1958) is a Canadian Architect and founding partner of Hariri Pontarini Architects. His portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized buildings includes the Bahá’í Temple of South America and the Richard Ivey Building and has won over 70 awards, including multiple Governor General’s Medals in Architecture and with his Partner David Pontarini, the 2013 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Architectural Firm Award. In 2016, he gave a TED talk entitled How do you build a sacred space that has garnered 1.3 million views and he was celebrated as one of Canada’s Artists who mattered most by the Globe and Mail.

Education[edit]

Born in Bonn, Germany, Siamak studied at University of Waterloo before completing a Master of Architecture at Yale University. In 2016, Siamak was awarded an honorary doctorate from Ryerson University recognizing his contribution to advancing the well-being of the local and global communities with learning and discovery.

Career[edit]

One of Siamak’s earliest projects, the Canadian headquarters of McKinsey & Company, is the youngest building to receive City of Toronto heritage landmark designation.

Since then, he has established a career creating institutional, cultural, and high-end residential projects of international acclaim, including the Governor General’s medal-winning Schulich School of Business for York University, the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University, recognized with the 2016 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award, the American Institute of Architects’ Educational Facility Design Award of Excellence, and the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s Award for Design Excellence in Architecture, the international award winning Bahá’í Temple of South America, and Casey House that has been recognized with the RAIC’s Governor General’s Medal in Architecture, the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Design Excellence in Architecture, and the OAA Design Excellence Award.

Major Projects[edit]

Tom Patterson Theatre, Stratford Festival,Stratford, ON (Current) The new, international competition winning, 72,00 sq.ft, 600-seat Tom Patterson Theatre is designed to stand as an attractor, glittering like a seductive jewel, positioned to draw people to the City of Stratford, to the Festival, along the banks of the Avon River, and through the breathtakingly beautiful gardens.

ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) Welcome Project - Plaza and Public Realm, Toronto, ON (Current) The Welcome Project, Plaza and Public Realm, reconceives the main floor and the open space surrounding the Royal Ontario Museum to transform how the institution greets and interacts with its visitors. The multi-phased projects includes the completed Weston Family Entrance and the Helga and Mike Schmitt Performance Terrace and the Reed Family Plaza currently under construction.

The Bahá’í Temple of South America, Santiago, Chile (2016) In the fall of 2016, Siamak completed the Bahá’í Temple of South America, located in Santiago, Chile, the last of the Bahá’í continental temples. Won through an international call and a rigorous design competition, the Temple has quickly become an architectural landmark at the foothill of the Andes. It has already won some of the top awards in architecture, including the OAA Design Excellence Award, RAIC Innovation Award, the World Architecture News Best Building of the Year (selected by ninety-seven judges around the world), Architect Magazine’s Progressive Architecture Award, Canadian Architect’s Award of Excellence, the International Property Awards, and was profiled by National Geographic Magazine.

Casey House, Toronto, ON (2016) The new home for Casey House, a specialised healthcare facility for individuals with HIV/AIDS, meets the needs of patients in a setting designed to evoke the experience and comforts of home.

Jackman Law Building, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON (2016) The 160,000 sq.ft renovation and addition to the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto is sited to make strong physical and visual connections to Queen’s Park and Philosopher’s Walk. It takes advantage of its prominent location by embedding the School within the campus while making it an integral part of the cityscape.

Richard Ivey Building, Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University, London, ON (2013) Won through a rigorous international competition, the vision for the Richard Ivey Building in London, Ontario, was to create a vibrant, unified campus that attracts the best students and faculty, expresses Richard Ivey School of Business' global identity, and celebrates Western University’s history.

Weston Family Learning Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Toronto, ON (2011) The Weston Family Learning Centre (WFLC), located in the west wing of the Art Gallery of Ontario, creates a light-filled teaching space for museum visitors, students, and the creative community to experience the power of art.

Ontario Pavilion for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver, BC (2010) The Ontario Pavilion for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games translated an impression of one of the province’s most recognizable landmarks, Niagara Falls, into a light, shimmering temporary exhibition space

Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, ON (2004) The Schulich School of Business, which was awarded the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture in 2006, integrates an educational facility for team teaching and learning with luxury residential dwellings in a corporate learning complex.

McKinsey & Company Headquarters, Toronto, ON (1999) The corporate headquarters for McKinsey & Company serves as a paradigm of how strategic design can transform and enhance performance in business environments. The building is the youngest to be heritage designated in the City of Toronto (five years after construction), demonstrating the enduring cultural worth of craft and invention.

In the Community[edit]

Siamak sits on the board of the Design Exchange and the Rosehill Vision Committee and sat on the advisory board of the Royal Ontario Museum’s Contemporary Culture, the Toronto Community Foundation and was a member of Waterfront Toronto’s Design Review Panel from 2005-2010. He has taught studios at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto and has been a lecturer, guest critic and jury member for numerous organizations across North America and Europe.

Personal Life[edit]

Siamak lives in Toronto with his artist wife Sasha Rogers and their three children; Lua, Yasmin, and David.

Select Awards[edit]

  • 2018: Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), Governor General Medal in Architecture, Casey House
  • 2018: Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Design Excellence in Architecture, Casey House
  • 2018: Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), Design Excellence Award, Bahá’í Temple of South America
  • 2018: Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), Design Excellence Award, Casey House
  • 2018: World Architecture News (WAN) Awards, Civic Building Award, Bahá’í Temple of South America
  • 2017: The American Architecture Prize, Architectural Design / Cultural Architecture, Bahá’í Temple of South America
  • 2017: American Institute of Architects (AIA), Innovation Award, Bahá’í Temple of South America
  • 2017: Chicago Athenaeum, International Architecture Award, Bahá’í Temple of South America
  • 2017: Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), Innovation in Architecture Award, Bahá’í Temple of South America
  • 2016: Chicago Athenaeum, International Architecture Award, Richard Ivey Building, Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University
  • 2016: AIA/CAE, AIA/CAE Educational Facility Design Award of Excellence, Richard Ivey Building, Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University
  • 2016: Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Design Excellence in Architecture, Richard Ivey Building, Richard Ivey School of Business,
  • Western University
  • 2016: Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), Design Excellence Award, Richard Ivey Building, Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University
  • 2013: Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), Architectural Firm Award, Hariri Pontarini Architects
  • 2013: Canadian Architect, Award of Excellence - Unbuilt, Casey House
  • 2013: Canadian Architect, Award of Excellence – Unbuilt, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
  • 2011: Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), Design Excellence Award, School of Pharmacy & Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine
  • 2011: Ontario Association of Architects, Design Excellence Award, Ontario Pavilion at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics
  • 2010: World Architecture News (WAN), Civic Building —Unbuilt, Bahá’í Temple of South America
  • 2007: Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), Design Excellence Award, Schulich School of Business, York University
  • 2006: Royal Architectural Institute of Canada(RAIC), Governor General’s Medal in Architecture, Schulich School of Business, York University
  • 2006: Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), Award of Excellence, Art Collectors’ Residence
  • 2004: Canadian Architect, Award of Excellence - Unbuilt, Bahá’í Temple of South America
  • 2003: Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), Institutional A: (less than $10 million), MacLaren Art Centre
  • 2003: Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), Michael V. and Wanda Plachta Award, MacLaren Art Centre
  • 2001: Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), Award of Excellence, McKinsey & Company Toronto
  • 2000: Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), Award of Excellence, McKinsey & Company Toronto
  • 1997: Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), Award of Excellence, Massie Residence
  • 1995: Canadian Architect, Award of Excellence, Robertson House Crisis Centre

Publications[edit]

Embodied Light: The Bahá'í Temple of South America, Birkhäuser (2017)

How do you build a sacred space, TED Talk (2017)

References[edit]

  • Ontario Association of Architects

External links[edit]