Reminder: Call for submissions for the 2012 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture

Architecture Canada | RAIC and the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) are pleased to invite architects to participate in the competition for the 2012 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture. The RAIC, with the RAIC College of Fellows, is proud to organize and administer the competition. The Canada Council for the Arts is responsible for selecting and administering the peer assessment committee.

The objective of the Governor General’s Medals in Architecture is to recognize and celebrate outstanding design in recently completed built projects by Canadian architects. The 2012 competition continues a tradition initiated by the Massey Medals in 1950, providing an important source of understanding of the nature of Canadian architecture and the regional, cultural and historic forces expressed in the built environment.

Projects built in and outside of Canada, completed between January 1, 2004 and September 1, 2011 and for which licensed/registered architects who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada were the lead design architects, are eligible to be submitted.

The 2012 competition will result in the awarding of 12 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture. There will be no distinction among the medals awarded.


The jury members are: Manon Asselin, founding partner of atelier TAG and adjunct professor at the Université de Montréal School of Architecture (Montreal); Joost Bakker, FRAIC, principal of Dialog (Vancouver); Siamak Hariri, MRAIC, founding partner of Hariri Pontarini Architects (Toronto); Catherine Slessor, editor of The Architectural Review (London, UK);  and Alejandro Villarreal, director of Hierve Dise¿eria (Mexico City and London)

Medals are awarded for excellence in the art of architecture. The primary criterion will be the architectural artistic merit of the design, including such elements as: conceptual clarity, detailing, sustainable design, compatibility with the site, innovation and uniqueness.

Submissions must be received before 4:00pm on Thursday, December 1, 2011. Submission details, entry fee, and additional information can be found on the RAIC website.

Questions must be forwarded by e-mail no later than November 10, 2011 to

Answers will be posted on the website on November 14, 2011.

The winning entrants will be notified privately of the results approximately four months after the deadline date. It is expected that the public announcement and an awards ceremony will be held in 2012 in Ottawa. Travel to the ceremony for the medalists is at their own expense. Entrants who are not selected will be notified by letter. Results will not be released over the telephone.

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