Nigerian Institute of Architects

In November 2020, Barry Johns delivered an online lecture to 1000 people in celebration of the Nigerian Institute of Architects 60th Anniversary. The lecture addressed key aspects of his work in Canada, connecting the importance of water, climate, nature and place to sustainable urban development and its relationship to the rapid urbanization of cities from Lagos to the Nigerian capital, Abuja.


Leadership Honours

Barry Johns was elected to Council of the Alberta Association of Architects in 2020. In recognition of his 4 ½ year tenure as Director of Practice, he was awarded the Tom Sutherland Leadership Award for advancing the profession and demonstrating extraordinary service to the community. This prestigious award follows the Leslie N. Boney Spirit of Fellowship Award given to Barry Johns (Hon)FAIA in 2018 by the American Institute of Architects. Barry is the first international recipient of this honour, given by the College of Fellows to signify extraordinary leadership and service to the profession.



Canadian Modern Architecture - CoverBarry Johns Architecture is listed in this new publication on architects and architecture across Canada, co-published in 2019 by Princeton Architectural Press, New York and Canadian Architect, Toronto and edited by Elsa Lam and Graham Livesey.

This critically acclaimed book offers a 50 year retrospective on works by architects from across the country as seen through essays by distinguished architectural critics. The Foreward is written by Kenneth Frampton.


INFILLHAUS receives 2016 Canadian Architect Magazine Award

Barry Johns Architecture Limited has won one of four 2016 Canadian Architect Magazine Design Awards of Excellence for INFILLHAUS, a competition design for an urban prototype infill residence in a mature Edmonton neighborhood, now commissioned for construction by a private client.

Given each year to architects and architectural graduates for buildings in the design stage, 2016 marks the 49th anniversary of the Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence, which have recognized significant building projects in Canada since 1968. Jurors considered the following criteria:

  • Physical organization and form, including attention to composition and detail;
  • Response to program, site, geographic and/or urban context;
  • Innovation in concept, process, materials, building systems and/or implementation;
  • Demonstration of exemplary environmental and/or social awareness.

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