Manitoba Association of Architects

  // February 2020.2  

Father and daughter walking among the book stacks at the Windsor Park Library, Winnipeg, Manitoba

All the Right Angles: Windsor Park Library  

PROJECT Windsor Park Library, Winnipeg, Manitoba
ARCHITECTS david penner architect + h5 architecture
TEXT Lawrence Bird
PHOTOS Click.Studio / Lindsay Reid

The Prairie landscape plays out at the very large scale. Immense natural and infrastructural geometries stretch relentlessly across the land, before slipping into each other at odd angles: rail lines intersect, ribbons of water cut into farm grids. Winnipeg itself, as an urban form, is generated out of such collisions between railways, roads, rivers and land use patterns.

It takes skill and know-how for an architect to accommodate immense geometries—so often the result of planning and infrastructural accidents—in a jewel of a building. This is what David Penner and h5 architecture (with principal Hélio Rodrigues) have achieved in their Windsor Park Library. It’s the third project they have designed together, and a small building. Nevertheless, it accommodates not only the accidental geometries of the city and region, but also the shifting technologies and social changes playing out today at a global scale.

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CAFÉ Prairie & Nation-to-Nation Conversation

February 28, 2020
University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture
Centre Space, 9am – 5pm
Free – everyone welcome!

As part of the Canadian Architecture Forums on Education, CAFÉ Prairie will feature a morning conversation on Indigenous Principles, Perspectives and Practices in Shaping Canada’s Architecture – led by the Indigenous Design and Planning Students Association (IDPSA), with generous support from the Manitoba Association of Architects. The afternoon will include presentations from regional professionals and visiting students and faculty from the University of British Columbia, Waterloo, McGill and Laurentian, plus round-table consultations on the CAFÉ questions and themes. CAFÉ Prairie is the fourth in a nation-wide series of forums, giving voice and agency to students, researchers and professionals in shaping the future of architecture and fostering more sustainable, equitable and inspiring environments.

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Get a Faculty of Architecture Co-op student working for you!

The Cooperative Education / Integrated Work (Co-op/I) program in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba is now accepting job postings for summer 2020 work terms. If you want to diversify your team with skilled student assistance and contribute to mentoring the next generation of design professionals, please consider posting a work opportunity with us.

Details for potential employers are noted here:

Learn more about our Co-op program, here:



As a number of MAA members may already be aware, earlier this year, the National Research Council announced that access was now available to electronic copies of National Building, Fire, Plumbing and Energy Codes (as well as some provincial codes) relative to the following periods at no cost:

  • 2015 – 2017 Codes and Guides;
  • 2010 – 2011 Codes and Guides;
  • 2005 Codes and Guides; and
  • Historical editions of National Construction Codes and Guides (1941 – 1998);

For further information and to access the electronic copies available, please visit:

It should also be noted that print versions of the Codes continue to remain available, at significantly reduced costs.



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