Call for Submissions: Martin Eli Weil Prize

The annual prize is awarded to a student essay on the role played by the built environment in Canadian society.

The Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada (SSAC) is accepting submissions for the the Martin Eli Weil prize. The prize is awarded annually to a student who submits an essay on the role played by the built environment in Canadian society.

The $250 prize and certificate will be awarded to the winner at the Annual Assembly of the Society, where the recipient will be invited to present a conference on their essay. The recipient’s travel and registration fees for the conference are covered as part of the prize. The winning essay will also be published by the Society.

All part-time and full-time students registered in a program leading to a university degree in a Canadian university are eligible; submissions from students registered in a foreign university, but dealing with a Canadian subject, are also invited.

The essay, in French or English, may deal with a specific building, contemporary or historic, whether existing or at a proposal stage; a complex of attached buildings; a specific building type (examined for its historical, functional, structural, or aesthetic importance); cultural landscape (parks, cemeteries, farms, etc.); the life of a person who has influenced the built environment; or a philosophical, sociological, or historical issue related to the built environment.

Submissions must be presented in hard copy or in electronic format (PDF), and contain 3000 to 5000 words. The use of visual material is encouraged. Essays will be evaluated according to originality and innovative nature of the subject, as well as accuracy, relevancy of methodology, and writing style.

The deadline for entering is March 1, 2022 on paper or in PDF.