March 26, 2015

Kasian and Moriyama & Teshima Architects receive prestigious OAA Design Excellence Award for Surrey Civic Centre

Award highlights projects that showcase the best in design and innovation

TORONTO, ON – Kasian and Moriyama & Teshima Architects have received a 2015 Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Award for Design Excellence for the Surrey Civic Centre. The awards, judged by a jury of peers from the design industry, celebrate projects that excel in forward-thinking design excellence.

Located in the heart of one of the fastest-growing and most culturally diverse regions in Canada, the Surrey Civic Centre was conceived through collaborative discussions with municipal government, local business owners and the community. The master plan and subsequent design incorporated a New City Hall, additional space for Simon Fraser University and a major civic plaza and pedestrian green area. The successful civic centre and plaza elegantly organizes three separate and distinct spaces to facilitate public business, community events and legislative matters.

Civic engagement and social interaction are the primary goals of the project as the facility houses Surrey’s municipal government and is the symbolic heart of the community.

Flexibility was a key driver in the design and planning of this project. The Council Chamber was designed to transform into an intimate performance venue with the ability to open up to the City Room for larger events. A Childcare Center is integrated into the program enlivening the plaza and enhancing the sense of community that is inherent in the overall design.

The new city centre is transforming Surrey from a suburb of Vancouver to an exceptional metropolitan destination in itself: a vibrant, high-density, mixed-use, walkable, sustainable and inviting place to live, work, invest and explore.

A ceremony will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015 in Hamilton, Ontario to present the award.


  • Project value: $100M
  • Size: 207,000 ft2
  • Opening date: February 17, 2014
  • Designed to achieve LEED Gold Certification.
  • Intended to bring the community together:
    • Plaza has already held numerous concerts, community events and holiday celebrations
    • Provides on-site daycare
    • Linked to public transit


Michael McDonald, Project Design Principal, Kasian

“Already we are seeing how powerful the new City Hall has become as a catalyst for the creation of a new ‘downtown Surrey’ – new development is underway and a dynamic urban center is emerging! We are especially pleased by comments from city staff and people using the new civic center who remark on the quality of daylighting and openness that brings energy and inspiration to their daily activities.”


About Kasian

Kasian is one of the leading 100 architecture, interior design and planning firms in the world, with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Doha. Our goal is to harness the collective expertise and imagination of our global team of innovative professionals to find feasible solutions to the complex questions posed by our clients. We employ an integrated, collaborative approach to design to create exceptional places and sustainable environments for people everywhere. Our award-winning projects range from the most advanced children’s hospital in the world, to master plans for the most densely populated cities on the planet. To learn more, please visit us at

About Moriyama and Teshima 

Founded in 1958 by Raymond Moriyama in Toronto, Canada, Moriyama & Teshima has built its reputation on distinctive landmark projects such as the New Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, and in Toronto the Bata Shoe Museum, that have garnered numerous awards for innovative design and planning solutions, delivered on time and on budget. To learn more, please visit us at

About the OAA Awards

The OAA Awards offer the Ontario architectural profession an annual opportunity to present their work to the public and a professional audience; demonstrating the excellence of both individual award winners and the profession as a whole; fostering a greater appreciation of architecture and architects in the public realm.