Dan Hanganu: A Brief Biography

The 2008 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Gold Medal is awarded to Dan S. Hanganu, FRAIC for successfully transcending the professional and academic worlds as well as for having an extensive body of internationally published articles and projects. One of Hanganu’s primary concerns focuses on how the culture of architecture can have an impact on people, which is evident in the scale, form and materiality of his buildings, where the mystique of classical references can be found.

Hanganu completed a degree in architecture at the University of Bucharest in 1961, and arrived in Canada in 1970. Hanganu has been internationally recognized as an Officer from the National Order of Quebec (2005), also receiving a doctorate honoris causa in architecture from Laval University (2004) and the University of Bucharest (2003), the Prix Carrire Sam-Lapointe from the Institute of Design Montreal (2004), Man of the Year from the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal (1998), and the Prix Paul-mile Borduas (1992)–an award given by the Government of Quebec to individuals practicing in the field of visual arts. Receiving the Prix Borduas was of great significance to Hanganu, as it was the first time the prize was awarded to a practicing architect, thus representing an affirmation of his contribution to the culture of architecture in Quebec.

Additionally, Hanganu has received more than 50 architectural awards, many from the RAIC, the Quebec Order of Architects and from preservation organizations such as the Sauvons Montral cultural group. He has taught at the Universit de Montral and McGill University, as well as having been a visiting lecturer in architecture schools across North and South America and Europe.

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.


2004, 2007-LeBreton Flats Housing, Phase I and II, Ottawa, Ontario

2006-2003- Espace 400e Museum, Quebec City, Quebec St-Hyacinthe Performance Hall, St-Hyacinthe, Quebec

2003Sussex-Mackenzie Mixed-Use Housing Complex, Ottawa, Ontario (in joint venture with IBI Group)

2000-2004 Hotel Godin, Montreal, Quebec 1999-2003 L’Anglicane de Lvis, Lvis, Quebec

1997-2000 Centre d’archives du Qubec, Montreal, Quebec (with Provencher Roy + associs)

1996-1998 New Law Library, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

1994-1997 Thtre du Nouveau Monde, Montreal, Quebec 1994-1997 Cirque du Soleil, Montreal, Quebec

1992-1996 cole des Hautes tudes Commerciales, Montreal, Quebec (in joint venture with Jodoin Lamarre Pratte et associs architectes)

1992-1995 Pavillon de Design, Universit du Qubec Montral, Montreal, Quebec

1990-1992 Pointe–Callire Museum of Archaeology, Montreal, Quebec (in joint venture with Provencher Roy + associs)

1989-1994 Abbey Church, St-Benot-du-Lac, Quebec

1988-1990 Val de l’Anse Residential Condominium Tower, Nuns’ Island, Quebec

1984-1986 Habitations Crmazie (Housing for the Elderly), Montreal, Quebec

1982-1984 Berlioz Street Row Housing, Nuns’ Island, Quebec

1980 de Gasp and Corot Streets Row Housing, Nuns’ Island, Quebec