June 18, 2003
by Canadian Architect
Calgary designer Andrew King is the recipient of the 2003 Prix de Rome, the Canada Council has announced. Mr. King was selected by an independent assessment committee appointed by the Canada Council, on the basis of his proposal to study the gates of Rome from an architectural, sociological and cultural perspective. The work will consider the use of public space, the conditions of exile and displacement and the relationship between architecture and cultural spectacle such as theatre and cinema. Mr. King has worked in Canada and abroad, notably with Zaha Hadid in London, Brian MacKay-Lyons in Halifax and Tim Heide in Berlin. He was the recipient of a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence in 2000 for the Tros/Keefe Residence (see CA, Dec. 2000, p. 26). The $34,000 Prix de Rome was established in 1987 and includes the use of an apartment-studio on the Piazza Sant’ Apollonia in the Trastevere district of Rome, for one year. As of 2004, a new version of the prize will give winners the opportunity to choose the destination that best advances their practice, and will offer shorter tenure periods to suit the realities of the practice. It will be open to applications from mid-career and established practitioners.