2017 CAA Business Awards


Submitting was as easy as 1, 2, 3 

 

 




The inaugural award was done by DIALOG. Doug McConnell accepted on behalf of DIALOG at CAA's 8th annual general meeting.

Submitting is as easy as 1, 2, 3.


Step 1:

Brainstorm your submission idea regarding the 2017 CAA Business Awards.
 
Step 2:
 
Apply in PDF format with a maximum of 6 letter-size written pages or 3 tabloid size pages to meet submission size requirements. 
 
Step 3:
 
Email to Jayne Jeneroux by 11:59 p.m. on August 8th. Payment can be made by cheque via mail or by EFT. 

 

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 awards background information at the bottom of this page.)


HOW TO SUBMIT

  • Submit digital files (PDF) via email only. Submissions to be a maximum of 6 letter size written pages or 3 tabloid size graphic pages.
  • Submit to the CAA c/o Executive Director Jayne Jeneroux.


Not sure what to submit? Please see below for the examples sent in e-notices:

  • 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.

 

And yet some more ideas to add to your inspiration:

  • 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).

Here are two final sets of examples:

Promoting or participating in activities that reflect the Mission and Vision of the CAA, by ... 

  • seeking to advocate for the way that projects are procured
  • seeking to advocate for the way that projects are contracted
  • seeking to advocate for the way that projects are delivered
  • seeking to advocate for the way that projects are valued
  • seeking to act as a voice for the business contributions of architectural firms in Alberta
  • seeking to act as a voice for the business concerns of architectural firms in Alberta
  • seeking to contribute to the development of a positive business environment for our profession

Developing, supporting or participating in formal or informal educational opportunities that significantly contribute to raising awareness of:
  • the valuable and diverse contributions made by architects in Alberta
  • the key challenges facing the business of architecture in Alberta
  • the key ethical or contractual issues facing the profession
  • potential valuable strategic partnerships for local architectural firms
  • relevant 'lessons learned' from other jurisdictions or professions

 

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, 11:59 p.m.

 

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INTRODUCTORY INFORMATION


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

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.