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RAIC honours three architects for raising architecture awareness

DCN News Service
RAIC honours three architects for raising architecture awareness

OTTAWA—The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has selected one of the leading contemporary architects in the United States as well an architect-couple who have raised awareness of Canadian architecture through publishing to receive its 2017 Honorary Fellowships.

Jeanne Gang is an American architect who works through Chicago- and New York-based Studio Gang while Brian Carter and Annette W. LeCuyer are professors of architecture at the University of Buffalo.

An Honorary Fellowship recognizes extraordinary achievement, noted a recent RAIC media release.

Gang, LeCuyer, and Carter will be inducted into the RAIC College of Fellows during this year’s RAIC/OAA (Ontario Association of Architecture) Festival of Architecture to be held in Ottawa May 24 to 27.

Gang will deliver the keynote address during the College of Fellows Convocation taking place May 25 at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que.

"A highly distinguished practitioner, author and teacher, Jeanne Gang has established herself at the forefront of architecture and urban design in the United States and abroad," said Barry Johns, chancellor of the College of Fellows.

"Her numerous awards and honours illustrate the broad strength of her studio; she is clearly a leader and exemplar for the entire profession."

Gang is the founding principal of Studio Gang, an architecture and urban design practice of nearly 100 people. Studio Gang recently announced its first project in Canada in partnership with Slate Asset Management — a mixed-use, residential tower in Toronto at the corner of Yonge Street and Delisle Avenue.

"I am very honoured to receive this recognition from the RAIC," Gang said.

"We share with Canada the Great Lakes, a deep interest in design’s potential to make a positive impact and so much more. As our relationship with Canada grows, I look forward to working together for the collective benefit of our communities, cities and environment."

Carter and LeCuyer practised in England where they designed award-winning buildings and wrote several books on architecture.

The couple co-edited issues of the Architectural Review and Architectural Design and began focusing on contemporary Canadian architecture.

Carter graduated from Nottingham School of Architecture and the University of Toronto.

A registered architect in the United Kingdom, he worked with Arup Associates on the design of the new headquarters for Truman’s in London and the UK headquarters of IBM in Hampshire, England.

He oversaw the publication of books on Canadian architecture by TUNS Press.

LeCuyer is the author of ETFE — Technology and Design (Birkhauser, 2008); Steel and Beyond — New Strategies for Metals in Architecture (Birkhauser, 2003) and Radical Tectonics (Thames & Hudson, 2001).

"It is a pleasure to salute two candidates who are both deeply rooted in practice and who also advocate for the profession through their scholarly work and international reach," said Johns.

"Their exhibitions and publications in particular consistently explore the compelling values of what makes the best of Canadian architecture unique around the world."

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