OTTAWA — The late Roger du Toit, whose architectural portfolio includes Toronto’s CN Tower, Ottawa’s Parliamentary Precinct, the Wascana Centre in Regina and projects at more than 25 university campuses, was named the recipient of the 2017 RAIC Gold Medal.
Du Toit established his practice in Toronto in 1975, now known as DTAH, states an RAIC media statement issued late last month. He was not only a professional architect but also a certified landscape architect and planner. Born in South Africa, he died in 2015, aged 75, from injuries suffered in a bicycle accident.
The RAIC Gold Medal is the highest honour the profession of architecture in Canada can bestow. It recognizes a significant and lasting contribution to Canadian architecture. Du Toit’s wife Sheila du Toit and their sons Rob du Toit and Andre du Toit will accept the award at the RAIC/OAA Festival of Architecture taking place in Ottawa May 24 to 27.
"He was a leader and an innovator," wrote the five-member selection jury. "He has made timeless contributions to significant parts of our urban environments across the country. He developed a unique career that transcended traditional understanding of architectural practice. His work encompassed planning, urban design, community development and architecture."
In a career spanning more than 45 years, du Toit was also involved in significant projects such the Distillery District and Queens Quay in Toronto; Confederation Boulevard and the Long Term Vision and Plan for Ottawa’s judicial precinct and the Downtown South Urban Design in Vancouver.