Carleton University and the board of directors of Historic Ottawa Development Inc. (HODI) have announced the winners of the 2021 HODI Award in Built Heritage Conservation. This is the fifth annual award since the first HODI competition in 2016. Because there was no award in 2020, the current award included submissions from both 2020 and 2021.

This year all entrants were undergraduate students in the Azrieli School of Architecture’s Design and Conservation and Sustainability programs. There were five winning entries.

Two students share the first-place award and will receive $2,500 each:

  • Jessica Babe, for her project ‘Wampum’ to retrofit 24 Sussex; and
  • Rory Peckham, for his project ‘Eyes which see (connect)’ for an adaptive reuse to Southminster Church.

Gerald Rafael-White was awarded second place for his project ‘Bridging Together a Community’ for an adaptive reuse to Trinity Church and will receive $1,000.

Two teams of students received honourable mentions and will share awards of $500 per team:

  • Angela Jang and Lauren Johnson, for their project ‘Tying 24 Sussex Together;’ and
  • Emeline Auguste, Joanne Chen and Saruga Raveendran, for their project ‘Symbiosis’ to the Wright-Scott House.

The winning submissions are available for viewing at:

Established in 2015, the HODI Award in Built Heritage Conservation is awarded annually to outstanding students at Carleton University in the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering or the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. Recipients are involved in projects aimed at safeguarding and rehabilitating historic buildings and sites in Ottawa.

About the HODI Award in Built Heritage Conservation

The award provides the opportunity for HODI to support the emerging generation of conservation professionals in researching, learning and practising in Ottawa. It helps build the capacity needed to deliver conservation best practices for Ottawa’s built heritage, now and in the future.

The formal awards ceremonies will take place in June, 2021 with the exact date to be announced at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism. The HODI competition for 2022-23 will launch at the Carleton University Welcome Day event in September 2021.

The awards jury for 2021 comprised of:

  • Heather McArthur, senior project manager, ERA Architects Inc.,
  • Barbara Myslinski, HODI,
  • Mariana Esponda, professor and co-ordinator, Heritage Conservation and Sustainability Program, Azrieli School of Architecture,
  • Laurie Smith, NSERC CREATE Heritage Engineering Program, Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS).

The jury was impressed with the overall quality of all of the submissions in what has been a very difficult year for students, and commends each of the entrants for participating. In addition, the jury provided a few comments on each of the winning entries:

Jessica Babe – ‘Wampum’ (1st place)

This is a very well-presented and articulate proposal for the rehabilitation of the official residence at 24 Sussex Drive, with beautiful illustrations, diagrams and drawings. A thorough reading of the historic context and evolution of the site informs a respectful and holistic conservation strategy that aims to recognize the multiple layers of associated history, while incorporating significant sustainability features. The jury appreciated the poetic and critical examination of shared and competing values associated with the building and landscape through the lens of the Wampum Belt and its notions of exchange and interaction.

Jessica is graduating from the undergraduate program in Conservation and Sustainability.

Rory Peckham – ‘eyes which see (connect)’ (1st place)

Informed by the history and heritage attributes of the Southminster United Church building and site, this project presents a thoughtful and well-expressed approach to rehabilitation and renewal. Through a few simple yet deliberate moves, the underutilized Church is transformed into ‘thinking,’ ‘worship’ and ‘creation’ spaces. The strategic uncovering and opening of the basement level to a reinterpreted Memorial Garden, the reorientation of the entry sequence and the bold decision to demolish the 1950s portion of the church, open many possibilities for new uses and community connections, along with enhanced visual connections to the Rideau Canal. The addition’s light volumes against the stately church building make a convincing use of contrast, while addressing the required structural upgrades to the existing building.

Rory is entering the fourth year of the undergraduate program in Design.

Gerald Rafael-White ‘Bridging Together a Community’ (second place)

Supported by excellent analysis and graphics, this proposal conceptualizes a bold intervention to Trinity Anglican Church that will revitalize the church building and site and provide new community spaces. Grounded in an understanding of the heritage character of the existing church building, the massing, materials and form of the addition maintain the character of the streetscape.

Gerald is entering the fourth year of the undergraduate program in Design.

About HODI

HODI offers professional advice, advocacy support and partnership opportunities to inspire and celebrate the conservation of Ottawa’s built heritage. Their board of directors has expertise in architecture, restoration and historical research and can provide loans and grants to assist with the rehabilitation of historic properties and with public education projects. For further information: contact Sandy Smallwood at

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