Governor General’s Medals in Architecture announced
May 14, 2018
The 12 winning projects represent many types and sizes of buildings from an international airport and sports complexes to a park pavilion and small hospital. They include a visitor centre at a national historic site, a library in a 170-year-old church, art museums, and houses.
The biennial Governor General’s Medals in Architecture celebrate outstanding design in recently completed projects by Canadian architects. The jury considers elements such as conceptual clarity, compatibility with the site, detailing, innovation and uniqueness, and sustainable design. They are jointly awarded by The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Canada Council for the Arts.
“Architecture is a powerful art form that can affect people in their daily lives,” said Simon Brault, CEO of Canada Council for the Arts. “It can inspire, soothe, and transport us to other realms. The winners of the 2018 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture can be justly proud they have designed places that, for instance, motivate athletes to surpass themselves, appease the suffering of people grappling with illness, or build bridges to the past. These winners have not been afraid to break with convention.”
Winning projects span the country from rural Nova Scotia to Whistler (British Columbia).
The 2018 winners of the Governor General’s Medals in Architecture are:
Audain Art Museum, Whistler—Patkau Architects;