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Student design lauded for hub centre concept

Sophie Mackey one of seven provincially recognized architects
McEwen Architecture School
McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University in Sudbury. (File photo)

A Sudbury architecture student has received provincial recognition for her design concept of an immigrant support centre.

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) has recognized Sophie Mackey, who studies at the McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University, for her project, Immigrant Landscapes: Architecture in the Age of Migration, as part of its inaugural SHIFT Infrastructure/Architecture Challenge.

According to the OAA, the initiative challenged those in the profession to identify how “architectural thinking can promote social equity, reduce isolation or embody social justice.”

Mackey’s project was one of seven to be selected from across Canada.

Her project “aims to rebuild an inclusive immigrant landscape for tomorrow and proposes an immigration support centre that functions as a central hub in the city of Sudbury to adequately accommodate newcomers,” the OAA notes.

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) is a self-regulating organization governed by the Architects Act, which is a statute of the Government of Ontario.

The OAA’s mission is to represent, regulate, support and promote the profession of architecture in the interest of all Ontarians and to lead the design and delivery of built form in the Province of Ontario.