Nova Scotia architect wins high honour

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Brian MacKay-Lyons was awarded the 2015 Gold Medal by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) for his achievements in Canadian architecture. Photo courtesy RAIC

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has honoured Brian MacKay-Lyons with the 2015 Gold Medal.

This award is the highest recognition given by RAIC to Canadian architects who have made a significant and long-lasting contribution to the country’s architecture. MacKay-Lyons was selected to be the winner by a jury of five industry professionals.

MacKay-Lyons is the founding partner of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects based in Halifax and a professor at Dalhousie University. His work has been recognized by more than 100 awards, 300 publications, and 100 exhibitions.

Three notable projects include:

  • Canadian Chancery and Official Residence (Dhaka, Bangladesh);
  • Goldberg Computer Science Building and School of Architecture at Dalhousie University (Halifax); and
  • Plaza Building at Brock University (St. Catharines, Ont.).

“It is a great honour to be recognized by one’s peers,” said MacKay-Lyons. “In an increasingly globalized world, it is nice to reaffirm a way of making architecture about place—landscape, climate, and material culture. The RAIC Gold Medal is all the more meaningful because it recognizes a body of work rather than the fashion of the day.”

The award will be presented to MacKay-Lyons at the RAIC Festival of Architecture in Calgary from June 3 to 6.

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