Read our special SHIFT2021 Publication here.

Check out our SHIFT videos, “The Resiliency of Changing Communities” and “Resiliency in the City!”

2021 THEMEResiliency

Whether in a literal sense or in a figurative one, resiliency can be seen as a type of flexibility, characterized by its inherent strength and elasticity. It is a quality in objects to hold or recover their shape; it is an ability in people to stay intact in the face of challenges or to rebound quickly from difficulty.

When applied to the built environment, resiliency is a powerful concept that can take on many dimensions—from the physical, the economic, and the environmental to the cultural, the social, the virtual, and the spiritual. At scales from small spaces to buildings to entire ecosystems, the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) challenges the profession to explore the intersection of architecture and resiliency, and to propose innovative ideas that advance our design thinking to reach new heights.

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  • About SHIFT

    The SHIFT Architecture Challenge is an aspirational, biennial OAA program created to highlight the distinct contribution architects and architectural thinking bring to addressing key societal issues.

  • The Challenge

    The OAA challenges the profession to identify and address the concept of resiliency, and show how using architectural thinking can advance insight and innovation.

  • Submission Details

    Submissions must be made by an OAA member who has status with the Association, and may include non-OAA team members.

  • FAQ

    Answers to frequently asked questions about the program, theme and submissions.