The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Canada Council for the Arts have announced the recipients of the Governor General’s Medals in Architecture for 2010 recognizing outstanding design in recently built projects by Canadian architects.
Corkin Gallery (Toronto, Ontario) – Shim-Sutcliffe Architects Inc.
Craven Road Studio (Toronto, Ontario) – Shim-Sutcliffe Architects Inc.
French River Visitor Centre (Alban, Ontario) – Baird Sampson Neuert Architects
La Grande Bibliothèque du Québec (Montreal, Quebec) – Patkau / Croft Pelletier / Menkès Shooner Dagenais architectes associés
Photographer’s Studio over a Boat House (Stoney Lake, Ontario) – gh3
Prefab Cottage for Two Families (Muskoka, Ontario) – Kohn Shnier Architects
Private Residence and Guesthouse (Laurentians, Quebec) – Saucier + Perrotte architectes
Promenade Samuel-De Champlain (Québec, Quebec) – DAOUST LESTAGE inc. architecture design urbain
Ravine Guest House (Toronto, Ontario) – Shim-Sutcliffe Architects Inc.
Royal Conservatory of Music, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning (Toronto, Ontario) – Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects
Scandinave Les Bains Vieux-Montréal (Montreal, Quebec) – Saucier + Perrotte architectes
St-Germain Égouts et Aqueducs, siège social et entreposage (St-Hubert, Quebec) – Allaire Courchesne Dupuis Frappier, architectes
“The Canadian architects we are honouring have the gift of designing not only buildings, places and monuments, but living spaces that give soul to our cities, villages and communities. Faced with the growing standardization of the urban landscape, we can’t help but recognize their originality, their daring, their vision and their sensibility,” said Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada.
“The 2010 winners of the Governor General’s medals demonstrate the positive impact that architecture can have on the quality of our communities by revitalizing heritage buildings and creating new structures that mirror their surroundings,” said Joseph L. Rotman, Chair of the Canada Council. “These projects have demonstrated how architecture is art which is integrated in a unique way into society and how buildings can be more than wood and bricks, they can be works of artistic invention to be studied and enjoyed.”
“The projects recognized this year are unique in their ability to blend the conceptual and the technical to bring together truly inspired contemporary Canadian architecture,” said RAIC President Randy Dhar, FRAIC. “The award-winning projects demonstrate design excellence by Canadian architects in the residential, institutional, cultural, industrial and other building types. Canada’s architects do shine throughout the country and around the globe.”
The Governor General’s Medals in Architecture, created by the RAIC, contribute to the development of the discipline and practice of architecture, and increase public awareness of architecture as a vital cultural force in Canadian society. These awards are administered jointly with the Canada Council for the Arts, which is responsible for the adjudication process and contributes to the publication highlighting the medal winners.
Recipients for 2010 were selected by a jury of the following distinguished architects: Jane Pendergast, FRAIC; Nader Tehrani; Betsy Williamson; Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta, Hon. FIRAC; and Georges Adamczyk.