Preliminary designs for MUHC’s Mountain Campus announced.


The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) has released the preliminary design for the Mountain Campus in Montreal. The LEED Silver project will include a new emergency department and renovated facilities at the Montreal General Hospital, in addition to new facilities for the Montreal Neurological Hospital. A merger of five teaching hospitals affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, the $1.579-billion MUHC plan will redevelop two campuses–Mountain and Glen. Les architectes Lemay et associs, Jodoin Lamarre Pratte et associs architectes, Andr Ibghy Architectes and Menks Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux continue to be the MUHC’s master architectural team, also responsible for the renovation of the $379-million Mountain Campus renovation. In November 2006, MUHC announced that architect Moshe Safdie had accepted in principle to design the master plan for the $1.2-billion Glen Campus of the MUHC, a 43-acre former brownfield site in downtown Montreal; this would have been Safdie’s first academic health-care centre commission. But in the summer of 2007, the Province of Quebec and the MUHC decided instead on a public-private partnership (PPP) approach to build the Glen Campus, and by December 2007, the press reported that Safdie had backed out, citing objections to delivering this complex project using the PPP process. However, Safdie had never signed a contract with the MUHC to deliver any design services in the first place. Currently, the two qualified consortia bidding on the Glen Campus are Groupe immobilier sant McGill, which includes SNC-Lavalin, IBI Group, HDR Architecture Canada Inc., and Yelle Maill architectes associs. The second consortium, Partenariat CUSM, includes John Laing Investments Limited and Groupe ARCOP architectes. A decision on the winning consortium for the Mountain Campus will be reached in late spring 2008.

Moriyama & Teshima Architects in association with the Walter Fedy Partnership to design the new Region of Waterloo History Museum.

The Region of Waterloo History Museum, to be built at Doon Heritage Crossroads, will be “an architectural statement integrated with the landscape” and “symbolic of the ethics and vision of our time,” according to the team hired by the Region to design the new museum and Visitor Orientation Centre. Regional Council approved a recommendation by the Museum Steering Committee to hire Moriyama & Teshima Architects of Toronto in association with the Walter Fedy Partnership of Kitchener to design the new Region of Waterloo History Museum and Visitor Orientation Centre. The exhibits at the museum will be completed by a team of designers led by VUE Design of Toronto. The new museum will house permanent and temporary exhibition space, as well as classrooms, a theatre and other education facilities. The site will also include orientation exhibits to the 1914 living history village at Doon Heritage Crossroads, adding indoor assembly spaces for school groups and community events. The design of the new museum is expected to be completed by late spring of 2008 and construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2008, pending approval of capital funding by Regional Council. The opening ceremony is planned for July 1, 2012, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Waterloo Historical Society. The total cost of the project is estimated at $22.7 million.


Manon Asselin and Katsuhiro Yamazaki of atelier TAG win the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture.

The Canada Council for the Arts has awarded the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture to Manon Asselin and Katsuhiro Yamazaki of the Montreal firm atelier TAG. The Canada Council’s Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture is valued at $50,000 and encourages the development of artistic excellence in contemporary architectural practice. Asselin and Yamazaki will record interviews with young innovative architects and research studio activities, building projects and construction sites underway in Europe, East Asia and New York City. After their research is complete, they will present a multimedia exhibition which will highlight and compare their findings within a Canadian context. Founded in Montreal in 1997 by Asselin and Yamazaki, atelier TAG has received five prestigious awards for its cultural projects, including two Governor General’s Medals in Architecture, an Award of Excellence in Architecture from the OAQ, the Institute of Design Montreal Award in Architecture and an Award of Excellence from

Canadian Architect.

Cohos Evamy Announces tenth year of scholarship for Canadian architecture students.

Established in 1998, the annual Cohos Evamy Scholarship honours the memory of Michael Evamy, a founding partner instrumental in building the practice from 1966 to 1993. This scholarship is available to a Canadian student attending a Canadian school of architecture in the year prior to his or her final year of study in a professional architecture degree program. The scholarship allows the recipient to undertake a research project based on a field of study of personal interest. The intent of the research is to enrich and advance the recipient’s personal and professional experience and knowledge on a topic relevant to the practice of architecture. In 2007, Kelly Doran, a Masters of Architecture student in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design, received the award based on his impressive submission entitled Company Towns: The Corporate Colonization of the Mackenzie River Basin. The value of the 2008 award is $5,000. A secondary amount of up to $3,000 is available for project-related expenses, including travel, during the course of the one-year study. The application deadline for the award is March 19, 2008, and the award will be publicly announced on March 31, 2008.


White House Redux Competition.

What if the White House, the ultimate architec- tural symbol of political power, were to be designed today? On occasion of the election of the 44th President of the United States of America, Storefront for Art and Architecture, in association with Control Group, challenge you to design a new residence for the world’s most powerful individual. The best ideas, designs, descriptions, images, and videos will be selected by some of the world’s most distinguished designers and critics and featured in a month-long exhibition at Storefront for Art and Architecture in July 2008. All three winners will be flown to New York to collect their prizes at the opening party. The jury is comprised of: Beatriz Colomina, architectural historian, New York; Stefano Boeri, editor-in-chief, Abitare magazine, Milan; Elizabeth Diller, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York; John Maeda, MIT Media Lab, Boston; Geoff Manaugh, BLDGblog and Dwell magazine, San Francisco; Mark Wigley, Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Columbia University; and Laetitia Wolff, editorial director, Surface magazine, New York. Online submissions are accepted from March 1, 2008 onward until the April 20, 2008 deadline. A fee of $20 must accompany each submission. Three prizes will be awarded as follows: $5,000 first prize; $3,000 second prize; and $1,500 third prize.

International Union of Architects (UIA) launches competition for Information Point in Turin, Italy.

This single-stage ideas competition is organized within the framework of the UIA Congress Turin 2008, illustrating the theme of “transmitting architecture.” The aim is to create a UIA information point in the city of Turin, a public piece of architecture dedicated to urban democracy where people can convene both day and night. It must not exceed 100 square metres, and should be constructed of recyclable eco-friendly materials and be fully equipped with current communication technologies. The competition is open to archi
tects worldwide who are under 35 years of age at the time of registration. Registration opening and simultaneous transmission of entries begins on March 4, 2008 and closes on March 11, 2008. A total of X18,000 will be awarded as follows: first prize of X10,000; second prize of X5,000; and third prize of X3,000. The winning project will be realized in Turin for the UIA Congress. The all-architect jury is comprised of Luca Molinari, Italy; Maria Theodorou, Greece; George Kunihiro, Japan; Reuben Mutiso, Kenya; and Jennifer Lee, USA, along with a representative of the Municipality of Turin and a representative of the Piedmont region. Entries will be exhibited in Turin from June 30 to July 3, 2008, and prizes will be awarded during a ceremony at the XXIII UIA World Congress Torino 2008 on July 2, 2008.

What’s New

International Garden Festival seeking a guest curator for the Festival’s 10th edition in 2009.

The Fondation des Jardins de Mtis is seeking a guest curator for the 10th edition of the International Garden Festival to be held at Les Jardins de Mtis/Reford Gardens from June to October 2009. Under the supervision of the director, the guest curator will: manage the selection process for the designers; promote the Festival and its designers; contribute to the preparation of grant applications; prepare texts for publications; oversee the preparation of promotional and interpretive material; and elaborate a program of activities held in conjunction with the Festival. S/he will have to be available at Les Jardins de Mtis/Reford Gardens for the construction period of the contemporary gardens in May and June. The proposed contract runs from April 2008 to October 2009. Candidates should have a degree in landscape architecture, architecture, art history, museum studies or a related domain; have a solid understanding of the garden; have at least two years of experience in project management; demonstrate a high degree of independence and creativity; and be an excellent communicator. Dossiers should be sent by February 29, 2008 and should include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae and a selection of articles or publications realized under the candidate’s responsibility. For answers to any questions, please e-mail

International Conference on Fabric Formwork.

CAST, the Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology–will host the first international conference on fabric formwork from May 16-18, 2008 at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. This will be the first gathering of architects, engineers, builders, students, and manufacturers exploring recent developments in flexible fabric formworks for concrete structures in architecture and engineering. These two days of lectures and presentations by inventors, practitioners and researchers will focus on the new architectural forms made possible by this emerging technology. The conference will also include workshop demonstrations of full-scale and model construction techniques.

Ryerson University launches new graduate program in Building Science.

Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science is launching a new graduate program in Building Science in September 2008. This is an interdisciplinary graduate program that focuses on the building science principles necessary to deliver sustainable buildings. The program has a strong interdisciplinary character and is open to candidates from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds such as architecture, building science, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, landscape architecture and construction. An essential ingredient of the program is the students’ exposure to a wide variety of colleagues from different professional and cultural backgrounds.