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Royal Architectural Institute of Canada call for submissions for the 2010 Governor General’s Medals

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and The Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) are pleased to invite architects to participate in the competition for the 2010 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture. The RAIC, with the RAIC College of Fellows, is proud to organize and administer the competition in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts. 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 2010 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, which were completed between January 1, 2003 and September 1, 2009 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 following are NOT eligible: projects having received a Governor General’s Award in Architecture in a previous competition; projects with the involvement of a member of the RAIC staff or a member of the board or staff of the Canada Council for the Arts.

The 2010 competition will result in the awarding of up to 12 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture. There will be no distinction among the medals awarded. The members of the peer assessment committee will be selected after the deadline for submissions of November 19, 2009.

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
“¢ compatibility with the site
“¢ detailing
“¢ innovation and uniqueness
“¢ sustainable design

Submissions must be received by 4:00 pm on November 19th, 2009. Entrants are solely responsible for timely submissions. This date is firm without exceptions. Submissions must be sent to:
Governor General’s Medals in Architecture
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Suite 330, 55 Murray Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 5M3

A cheque payable to the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada must accompany each entry. Entry fees are as follows:

To qualify for the RAIC member discount, the lead design architect must be a member of the RAIC:

“¢ $341.25 (tax included);
“¢ $366.84 (tax included) for QC residents;
“¢ $367.25 (tax included) for NS, NB and NF residents.

For non-RAIC members:
“¢ $525.00 (tax included);
“¢ $564.38(tax included) for QC residents;
“¢ $565.00 (tax included) for NS, NB and NF residents.

For more information on the 2010 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture, please visit www.raic.org/honours_and_awards/awards_gg_medals/2010call/gg-submission_e.htm or e-mail awards-prix@raic.org. Information may also be obtained by calling 613.241.3600 or by faxing 613.241.5750.