Laurentian Architecture launches “Visions in Canadian Design”

The Laurentian University School of Architecture’s inaugural lecture series – “Visions in Canadian Design” – is being launched in conjunction with the official opening of Canada’s newest school of architecture on September 4, 2013.

The series opens on the evening of Wednesday, September 4th with a free public lecture by one of Canada’s most celebrated architects, Douglas Cardinal. An Officer of the Order of Canada, Cardinal is the architect of the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the National Museum of the American Indian, among other landmark buildings. Of Blackfoot and Métis heritage, Cardinal is known for his flowing masonry curves and his strong identification with the natural environment. The Douglas Cardinal lecture will be held September 4th at 6:00pm at the Sanctuary, St. Andrew’s Place, 111 Larch Street in downtown Sudbury.

Another seminal Canadian architect, Étienne Joseph Gaboury will deliver a public lecture the following Wednesday, September 11th. Gaboury is the architect of the Royal Canadian Mint, St. Boniface Cathedral and Precious Blood Church, all in Winnipeg.

The series represents a unique opportunity for people interested in architecture, design and urban planning to hear from the leading architects practicing in Canada today, according to Laurentian Architecture Founding Director, Dr. Terrance Galvin. “We are honoured to have such leading figures as Douglas Cardinal and Étienne Gaboury here with us, to talk about their work and to help us celebrate the launch of the School,” he said. “We believe people in the Greater Sudbury community will find all the speakers thought-provoking and inspiring, as we consider the built environment and the way we live as a society.”

Future guest lecturers will include Sudbury-born Richard de la Riva, and Raymond Moriyama, designer of Sudbury’s renowned snowflake-shaped science centre, Science North. All lectures will be part of the month-long celebration of the opening of the School of Architecture.

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