September 14, 2016
by Canadian Architect
The Halifax Central Library, winner of a 2016 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture. The library is composed of stacked boxes that recall a pile of books. Photo by Adam Mørk
On September 19, the winners of the 2016 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture will join together at a free public event held at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec.
Presented by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in partnership with the Carleton University Forum Lecture Series, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ottawa Regional Society of Architects, the event will allow the public to meet the architects and hear the story behind each of the 12 winning projects in lively five-minute presentations. From a library that evokes a pile of books to one of the world’s tallest timber structures, the winning projects include a factory, hospital, temple, aquatic centre, head office, amphitheatre, observation platform, public square, and more.
“The recipients of the Governor General’s Medals in Architecture have distinguished themselves as visionary Canadian architects,” said His Excellence the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D., Governor General of Canada. “They have designed spaces where communities are forged, memories are enshrined and identity is created in built form. Few architects are able to realize their philosophies so fully in practice and in such diversity of project type and geography.”
The Governor General’s Medals in Architecture recognize outstanding achievement in recently built projects by Canadian architects. This program, created by the RAIC, contributes to the development of the discipline and practice of architecture, and increases public awareness of architecture as a vital cultural force in Canadian society. These awards are administered jointly with the Canada Council for the Arts, which is responsible for the adjudication process and contributes to the publication highlighting the medal winners.
To see our roundup of the winning projects, please click here.
For more information on the free public event on September 19, please click here.