Manitoba Association of Architects

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The Hudson Bay Building under construction.

Flashback - The Hudson Bay Building

The Hudson Bay Building was designed by Montreal architects Barott and Blackader. The building was constructed almost entirely of materials sourced from Manitoba. This included 125,000 cubic feet of Tyndall limestone from Gypsumville, steel and furnaces from Selkirk, and roofing from St. Boniface. To build the foundation for the Bay Building, workers had to remove 150,000 tons of earth from the site. It took 300 men, 120 teams of horses, 20 trucks, and two steam shovels to get the job done.

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Congratulations to Gail Little, Fellow of the RAIC College!

The College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) bestows Fellowship to RAIC members in recognition of outstanding achievement. Criteria include design excellence, exceptional scholarly contribution, or distinguished service to the profession or the community.

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The Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta Associations of Architects have collectively agreed that this year's Prairie Design Awards should be cancelled, in recognition of:

  • the inability to host large gatherings anytime in the foreseeable future, due to the pandemic, which makes a physical awards ceremony impossible; and
  • the evolving economic impact on all of the respective member firms, which would make it difficult for many, if not all, to assemble submissions for an awards program in the midst of these challenges.

The Associations have collectively agreed that, in light of the rotation that has been consistently maintained between the three jurisdictions since the inaugural year, the MAA will host the Prairie Design Awards in 2022.



In late March, 2020, the City implemented additional measures to support digital permit application submissions. Commercial and Housing Building Permit Applications can now be submitted online/emailed for review electronically. Once issued, a pdf permit will be emailed with a link to a zip file to download approved documentation (with the zip file remaining available for 30 days).

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Questions made be directed by email to or by phone to 204-986-5140.


Winnipeg Fighting Covid

Winnipeg Fighting Covid is printing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for front-line workers in Manitoba starting with Ear Savers and moving into other protective equipment.

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