Winner of Student Architecture Competition

As part of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), Just Food, and the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard are excited to present Through the Rye as the winner of Growing our Community student design competition.

In light of recent global events, the Canadian values of social inclusiveness and environmental consciousness are becoming increasingly indispensable for us. As the 150th anniversary draws near, we sought to create a meaningful design to celebrate these values held dear by our country.

Quote from the Through the Rye design team: Luis Alvarez, Wai Kan Chan, Di Wang, McGill University School of Architecture

Having garnered over 5,000 votes from the public, this student design team from McGill University will now have their design built at the Just Food Farm site as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary. Through the Rye was one of five designs selected by an expert jury from over 50 submissions that went to public voting.

About the project: Growing our Community brings Canadians together in 2017 to plant and maintain a new community food garden. This project will enhance the quality of life in the neighbouring community and allow Canadians to explore the local-to-global connections around issues of food security and environmental sustainability. Growing our Community is funded by Ontario 150 and is part of Ottawa 2017’s community legacy project to install 20 new community gardens across the city for Canada’s 150 anniversary celebrations.

The outdoor pavilion will serve as a public gathering place at the farm and the community garden, inviting visitors to reflect on the importance of local and global issues. For Canada’s 150th anniversary, the design of the pavilion will create a space that reflects shared Canadian values of inclusion, diversity, dialogue, and community building.

An event will be held on September 2017, to celebrate the garden’s harvest and the winning pavilion design. For more information visit: