October 6, 2015
by Canadian Architect
A panoramic view of the Confederation Centre of the Arts exhibits the bold approach taken by the architects, who crafted the buildings as a series of massive volumes turned inward toward the central Memorial Hall. Photo courtesy Confederation Centre of the Arts.
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the National Trust for Canada invite submissions for the 2016 Prix du XXe siècle, an award that recognizes significant buildings of the mid-20th century.
The deadline is 4:00 p.m. EST January 14, 2016.
The Prix du XXe siècle pays tribute to outstanding and lasting contributions to Canadian architecture and landmark buildings in the historical context of Canadian architecture. The prize celebrates design quality as well as enduring excellence. It recognizes buildings that continue to be used as designed or that have successfully accommodated new uses without being altered in ways that detract from the original design intent.
The RAIC and the National Trust for Canada bestow the annual prize to promote public awareness of Canadian mid-20th-century architecture.
The award can be given to a building in Canada, designed by an architect from any country, or a building anywhere in the world that was designed by a Canadian architect.
Eligible buildings are existing buildings that were completed after 1950 and before 1988. Entries will be judged by a jury of distinguished scholars and members of the profession.
The 2016 Prix du XXe siècle will be presented during the RAIC Festival of Architecture taking place June 8-11, 2016 in Nanaimo B.C.
Last year’s winner was the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust in Charlottetown PEI, which operates as Confederation Centre of the Arts. Built in 1964, it was designed by the Montreal architecture firm Affleck, Desbarats, Dimakopoulos, Lebensold, Sise.