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Western Canadian projects dominate 2020 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture awards

Western Canadian projects dominate 2020 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture awards

OTTAWA – Architecture projects from Canada’s West Coast and Prairie provinces took the lion’s share of this year’s Governor General’s Medals in Architecture.

The biennial awards announced May 3 by the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC) and Canada Council of the Arts “recognize and celebrate excellence in recently built and designed projects by Canadian architects,” a release stated.

“The 2020 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture represent the best in contemporary Canadian architecture — and the projects explore unique aspects of culture, context and materiality across the vast expanse of our country,” said RAIC president John Brown.

“They are a testament to the skill of the award-winning architectural firms and the tenacity of their clients who helped bring the poetic vision into reality. The RAIC is proud to advocate for the quality of Canada’s built environment by celebrating the work of these talented architects.”

Vancouver-based MGA | Michael Green Architecture won a medal for the Dock Building project and Patkau Architects won for the Polygon Gallery. MJMA and Acton Ostry Architects also won for the University of British Columbia Aquatic Centre.

SHAPE Architecture, PECHET Studio and Group 2 Architects earned a medal for the South Haven Centre for Remembrance and the Borden Park Natural Swimming Pool in Edmonton won gh3 architecture a medal. The firm also earned a medal for the RTC 03 project, which helps reduce untreated run-off and sewage flowing into the North Saskatchewan River.

KPMB Architects and Architecture49 firms won for the Remai Modern gallery in Saskatoon, and Ontario was represented by RDH Architects for the Springdale Library and Komagata Maru Park in Brampton.

Shim-Sutcliffe Architects Inc. earned an award for the Lake Kawagama Retreat at Kawagama Lake, Ont. Quebec projects included the Drummondville Library designed by Chevalier Morales in consortium with DMA architects and Gilles-Vigneault Performance Hall in St. Jerome earned a medal for TAG in consortium with Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architects.

Hariri Pontarini Architects won for the Baha’I Temple of South America in Santiago, Chile.

“On behalf of everyone at the Canada Council, I salute this year’s recipients of the Governor General’s Medals in Architecture. Even more so than ever before, the excellence of these winning projects is a necessary inspiration and important reminder of the unifying nature of architecture to our daily lives in 2020 and beyond,” added Canada Council for the Arts director and CEO Simon Brault.

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