McGill University professor Radoslav Zuk awarded Ukraine’s 2011 State Prize for Architecture

By presidential decree, the 2011 State Prize of Ukraine for Architecture has been awarded to Radoslav Zuk, Emeritus Professor at the School of Architecture at McGill University. As leader of the design team, Zuk was awarded the prize for the design of the Church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos in the city of Lviv. Other members of the team who received the prize were: the director of the firm responsible for contract documentation and administration – Zenon Pidlisny (posthumously), the iconographer Svjatoslav Vladyka, and the parish priest Very Rev. Orest Fredyna. The only other project awarded the State Prize of Ukraine for Architecture in 2011 was the reconstructed sports complex located in Metallist City, Kharkiv.

Zuk was born in Lubacziw. He graduated with architecture degrees from McGill University in Montreal and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. More recently he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Ukrainian Academy of Art in Kyiv. Zuk has designed, among other projects, nine Ukrainian churches in North America and one in Ukraine, in association with or as consultant to a number of architectural firms. A Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and of a number of scientific societies he has also been honored with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Centennial Medal and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Governor General’s Medal in Architecture.

The State Prize of Ukraine for Architecture is an annual award for “…the creation of significant domestic-civic and commercial architectural complexes, buildings and structures; works in the domain of urban design, landscape architecture, regulation of cities and settlements, restoration of historic monuments of architecture and urban design; works of research in the theory and the history of architecture that are of special importance for further development the country’s architecture and urban design and which received broad civic recognition.” Members of the jury for the prize constitute a committee of experts, which submits its recommendations for approval by a decree of the President of Ukraine.”