July 5, 2004
by Canadian Architect
The Canada Council for the Arts has awarded the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture to atelier Build, a young architecture firm in Montreal, enabling Michael Carroll and Danita Rooyakker to enrich their knowledge of architecture in the urban environment and increase their visibility at the international level. The Canada Council for the Arts Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture is valued at $50,000 and encourages the development of artistic excellence in contemporary architectural practice.
Atelier Build is the first recipient of the new Professional Prix de Rome. Previously, the prize consisted of a one-year stay in an apartment in Rome. This new version allows winners to make shorter visits spread over a two-year period, and to choose destinations that best serve the interests of their practice. These changes were made in consultation with the Canadian architectural community.
Atelier Build was chosen by a peer assessment committee appointed by the Canada Council. This year, the committee was made up of Catherine Venard (Halifax), David Theodore (Montreal), Blanche van Ginkel (Toronto), Shafraaz Kaba (Winnipeg) and Antonio Zedda (Whitehorse).
Atelier Build’s projects are located on marginal, interstitial sites within Montreal’s unique urban fabric. As well as paying attention to the specific local context, atelier Build’s design strategies address the larger issues of urban, cultural and ecological sustainability. Atelier Build will focus on the Dutch and Japanese, two distinct and mature cultures that have been, in recent decades, on the cutting edge of innovative contemporary architecture. The Professional Prix de Rome will enable atelier Build to get a more informed perspective of the world through traveling the globe, experiencing diverse cultures and conversing with architects, critics, artists and scientists.