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Governor General's Medals in Architecture

Thursday 08 May 2008

Medals for Canadian 'genius'

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Winners of Governor General's Medals in Architecture represent 'human genius' 

Twelve winners of the Governor General's Medals in Architecture have been announced. The medals are awarded by the Royal Architectural Institution of Canada (RAIC) and the Canada Council for the Arts. A panel of five distinguished international architects recognised the works for their outstanding achievement in recently built projects. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada stated that this year's twelve recipients "make us appreciate the degree to which Canadian architects have transformed the places where we live, work, share culture and come together into a celebration of beauty and human genius."

The winners are:

Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, University of Toronto (Toronto, ON) - architectsAlliance & Behnisch Architekten

Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre (Osoyoos, BC) - Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects

Jaypee Institute of Information Technology (Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India) - Le Groupe Arcop

Canada’s National Ballet School Project Grand Jeté (Toronto, ON) - Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects & Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd. Architects, Architects in Joint Venture

ROAR_one (Vancouver, BC) - Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture Inc. and Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects, Associated Architects

House at 4a Wychwood Park (Toronto, Ontario) - Ian MacDonald Architect Inc.

New Canadian War Museum (Ottawa, ON) - Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Griffiths Rankin Cook Architects: Architects in Joint Venture

Gleneagles Community Centre (West Vancouver, BC) - Patkau Architects

Winnipeg Centennial Library Addition (Winnipeg, MB) - Patkau / LM Architectural Group

Communication, Culture and Technology Building, University of Toronto (Mississauga, ON) - Saucier + Perrotte architects

Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church (Scarborough, ON) - Teeple Architects Inc.

Trent Chemical Sciences Building (Peterborough, ON) - Teeple Architects Inc. and associate architects Shore Tilbe & Irwin

The diversity in appeal of groundbreaking design was noted by RAIC President Kiyoshi Matsuzaki, he said: “It is very encouraging to note that our educational, cultural and community institutions have embraced inspirational contemporary Canadian architecture.

“This year’s winners include buildings for higher education, community and cultural centres, a church and a museum as well as two residences. The award-winning projects are indeed world-class and demonstrate that, as architects, we Canadians can create buildings that are second to none.”

The medals will be presented by Her Excellency at 6pm on October 16 at Rideau Hall.

Niki May Young
News Editor

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