Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Awards of Excellence — 2015 Recipient

Susan Algie
Award Category: 
Awards of Excellence
Advocate for Architecture

Founder and Executive Director, Winnipeg Architecture Foundation Inc. (WAF)

Photo: David Firman

Algie and a small committee of volunteers founded WAF in 1996. As a non-profit, charitable organization, the foundation is dedicated to advancing the awareness and appreciation of Winnipeg's built environment through public education.

For almost two decades, Algie has engaged the public with the built environment and with the architects and allied professionals that shape it. She has directed initiatives, programs of research, and public education delivered by WAF that draw on Winnipeg’s wealth of historic architecture, its distinct architecture of the modern era, and its vibrant contemporary architectural culture. 

This programming includes walking, cycling, and self-guided tours; exhibits; lectures; publications; a film series; and a website and social media presence. To date, under Algie’s leadership, WAF has documented over 2,200 buildings and sites in the city of Winnipeg. At a national level, Algie co-chaired the first pan-Canadian conference on the built heritage of the post-war era. “Conserving the Modern in Canada: buildings, ensembles and sites, 1945-1975,” was held at Trent University, Peterborough, in 2005.

Jury Comment(s): 

The WAF has quickly established itself as a vibrant force on the Winnipeg architectural scene. It has built a recognizable ‘brand’ through a consistent and high-quality graphic approach and has grasped social media as a way that is effectively promoting and advocating for Winnipeg architecture.

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Website: Winnipeg Architecture Foundation

Burdocks Design Studio

WAF architectural guidebook series


QR Code self-guided architectural tour

B. Bergen for WAF

Exhibit panel: Winnipeg Civic Centre

Burdocks Design Studio

Exhibit: University of Manitoba Modern

M. Hutton for WAF

Poster for Building Toys exhibit


Poster for A+DFF (film festival)

A+DFF partners

Conference Proceedings, cover

WAF, Docomomo Ontario

Buttons featuring Winnipeg buildings

Burdocks Design Studio