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March 1 deadline for Canada Council’s architecture prizes


February 7, 2018
by Canadian Architect

Alongside submissions for the $50,000 Professional Prix de Rome, the Canada Council for the Arts will be accepting entries for a pair of smaller architectural awards — aimed at students and emerging designers — until March 1. Submissions for both the Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement and the J.B.C Watkins Award are open for the remainder of the month.Canada Council for the Arts, architecture, awards

The Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement is given to a practitioner of architecture or an architectural firm. The successful candidate must be in the early stages of a career or practice and must demonstrate both outstanding creative talent and exceptional potential in architectural design.

The biennial award was established in 1990, in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts, by friends and colleagues of the eminent Canadian architect Ronald J. Thom. The award honours Mr. Thom’s life and work and celebrates the buildings he designed and the encouragement and inspiration he gave his colleagues. The award’s last winners are Toronto-based Studio Junction.

Apply to the Council as either an “individual applicant” or an “architectural firm.” For eligibility criteria, the application form and further information on this prize, see the Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement Guidelines.

The $5,000 J.B.C. Watkins Award: Architecture is offered to a Canadian professional architect wishing to pursue postgraduate studies outside Canada, ideally in Denmark, Norway, Sweden or Iceland. A peer assessment committee will select the recipient from among all applicants. For eligibility criteria, the application form and further information on this prize, see the J.B.C. Watkins Award: Architecture Guidelines.  This award is funded by a bequest from the late John B.C. Watkins.

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A breakdown of net impact for Canada Council awards. Image via CC.

A full list of Canada Council for the Arts prizes and awards is available here, while more information about the Professional Prix de Rome can be found in our previous post. In addition to the above awards, the Council also supports an annual Prix de Rome for emerging practitioners, with submissions typically due in the fall.


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