Nicki Reckziegel wins Prix de Rome for Emerging Practitioners

Montreal-based Nicki Reckziegel (McGill, M.Arch. 2014) is the winner of the Canada Council’s 2014 Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners. With this award, she will travel to “institutions of refuge” (crisis centres, safe houses, hospitals) in 18 locations across Central and East Africa. She will also intern with MASS Design Group, a non-profit organization that has designed health-care facilities in developing countries around the world. Through this travel and internship, she will study the role of architecture and memory in the aftermath of traumatic events.

The Prix de Rome is awarded each year to a talented recent graduate of a Canadian school of architecture to broaden his or her knowledge of contemporary architecture culture.

Reckziegel is interested in the subject of memory and architecture in institutions of refuge. Her Master’s thesis studied the site of the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes in Phnom Penh, Cambodia – a building that was once a high school, then a prison of the Khmer Rouge, before becoming a museum.

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