April 8, 2008
by Canadian Architect
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2008 RAIC Gold Medal is Dan S. Hanganu, FIRAC. In choosing Mr. Hanganu, the Gold Medal Selection Committee noted that Hanganu successfully transcends the professional and academic worlds as well as having an extensive body of internationally published articles and project reviews. He understands the impact that architecture can have on people; his work successfully balances function and feeling in a very strong “straightforward” way; not showy but significant and successful as highly useable environments.
Hanganu completed a degree in architecture at the University of Bucharest in 1961, and arrived in Canada in 1970. He leads a diversified practice with projects ranging in scale from single-family houses to entire city blocks. Completed works include numerous housing projects of varying size and complexity, office buildings, hotels and resorts, multi-use complexes, institutional buildings, and several theatres.
He has been personally recognized with: Ordre national du Qubec Officer (2005); Doctorat honoris causa en architecture from the Universit Laval Qubec (2004); Prix Carrire Sam-Lapointe from the Institute of Design Montral (2004); Doctorat honoris causa in architecture from the University of Bucharest (2003); Man of the Year Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal (1998); and the Prix Paul-mile Borduas (1992).
He has more than 50 architectural awards to his credit, many from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Ordre des architectes du Qubec (OAQ) and from preservation organizations such as Sauvons Montral.
Project highlights include the Pointe–Callire Museum, the Saint-Benot-du-Lac Church, the UQAM Design Pavilion, the Cirque du Soleil studio, the Hautes tudes Commerciales school, the Montral Archival Centre, l’Anglicane de Lvis, the Rimouski Arts Centre, and residential areas in Val de l’Anse, rue de Gasp, Crmazie, rue Quesnel, etc.
The RAIC Gold Medal is awarded in recognition of significant contribution to Canadian architecture, and is the highest honour the profession of architecture in Canada can bestow. It recognizes an individual whose personal work has demonstrated exceptional excellence in the design and practice of architecture; and/or, whose work related to architecture, has demonstrated exceptional excellence in research or education.
As part of this recognition, Hanganu will be the featured speaker at the Saturday June 28th luncheon during this year’s Conference and Festival of Architecture being held June 25-28, 2008 in Fredericton. For more details and to register, please visit www.raic.org.