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Prix du XXe siècle

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2015

Terms of Reference

>  Purpose

>  Frequency

>  Eligibility

>  Public Presentation

>  Submission Materials

>  Commemorative Plaque

>  Jury Selection Process

>  Joint Publicity

>  Number of Awards


1. Purpose of the Award

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and Heritage Canada The National Trust wish to promote public awareness about significant Canadian architecture of the 20th century.

The Prix du XXe siècle recognizes outstanding and lasting contributions to Canadian architecture, and landmark buildings in the historical context of Canadian Architecture. This prize celebrates design quality as well as enduring excellence, recognizing buildings that continue to be used as designed or that have successfully accommodated new uses without being altered in ways that detract from the original design intent. The award can recognize a building in Canada, designed by an architect from any country, or a building anywhere in the world that was designed by a Canadian architect.

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria.

  • The building is significant in Canadian architectural terms.

2. Eligibility

  • An existing building that was completed after 1950 and before 1988.
  • A person may nominate one building per year.
  • Previous unsuccessful submissions will be automatically considered for a maximum of an additional two consecutive years. Nominators may submit additional information to strengthen the submission.

3. Submission Materials

Please note that binders, including hardcopies of project images, are no longer accepted. For each entry, a printed copy of the nomination form must be included in the submission package and each of the following documents must be saved in PDF or MSWord format on two CD-ROMs.

  1. One completed nomination form [91 KB]
  2. A current day photo of the building, in jpeg format is required;
  3. A written Statement, which explains why the building deserves this award. The Statement shall be three pages or less;
  4. Significant interventions to the building should be noted and explained in terms of the original design intent and realization;
  5. Useful supporting materials such as articles and list of awards are encouraged. A minimum of two high resolution images in jpeg format are required.

4. Jury Selection Process

The National Committee of the College of Fellows in consultation with Heritage Canada The National Trust shall appoint a Jury of three to five members each year which will be composed of distinguished scholars or educators, and other distinguished members of the profession.

Jury Information

  • The RAIC Office will prepare an information package for the Jury members.

  • The information will be sent in advance of the meeting.

  • Jury members will be required to acknowledge and accept the terms of reference.

Jury Deliberations

  • The Jury shall discuss the various nominees via one or more teleconferences organized by the Chair with the assistance of the RAIC Office. By consensus, the Jury shall identify two buildings for award of the Prix du XXe siècle.

  • Confidentiality (process & results): Jury members will be required to sign confidentiality agreements.

  • Conflict of interest: Jury members will be required to sign a conflict of interest declaration.

The Jury shall forward its decision to the RAIC Board of Directors. The President of the RAIC shall bestow the award.

5. Number of Awards

A maximum of two awards will be conferred. At its discretion, the jury may elect not to confer an award. The award shall be a wall plaque or desktop plaque, with the RAIC emblem and inscribed:

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
and Heritage Canada The National Trust
(name of building)
for its enduring excellence and
national significance
to Canadian Architecture.

(insert name of architect(s)

6. Frequency

The award is to be offered every year.

7. Public Presentation

The presentation will be at the RAIC Festival of Architecture or other suitable ceremony. Heritage Canada The National Trust may send a representative to present the award jointly with RAIC.

8. Commemorative Plaque

Subject to the owner’s discretion, RAIC and HCNT will provide a commemorative wall plaque or desktop plaque.

9. Joint Publicity

RAIC and HCNT will collaborate on a promotion and communications strategy around the call for nominations, announcing the award winner(s) and reporting on the presentation.