OTTAWA, October 6, 2015 – The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the National Trust for Canada invite submissions for the 2016 Prix du XXe siècle, an award that recognizes significant buildings of the mid-20th century.
The deadline is 4:00 p.m. EST January 14, 2016.
The Prix du XXe siècle pays tribute to outstanding and lasting contributions to Canadian architecture, and landmark buildings in the historical context of Canadian architecture. The prize celebrates design quality as well as enduring excellence. It recognizes 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 RAIC and the National Trust for Canada bestow the annual prize to promote public awareness of Canadian mid-20th-century architecture.
The award can be given to 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.
Eligible buildings are existing buildings that were completed after 1950 and before 1988. Entries will be judged by a jury of distinguished scholars and members of the profession.
The 2016 Prix du XXe siècle will be presented during the RAIC Festival of Architecture taking place June 8-11, 2016 in Nanaimo B.C.
Last year’s winner was the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust in Charlottetown PEI, which operates as Confederation Centre of the Arts. Built in 1964, it was designed by the Montreal architecture firm Affleck, Desbarats, Dimakopoulos, Lebensold, Sise.
ABOUT THE RAIC
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada is a national voluntary association, representing about 5,000 members. The RAIC advocates for excellence in the built environment, works to demonstrate how design enhances the quality of life and promotes responsible architecture in addressing important issues of society.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR CANADA
The National Trust for Canada is a national membership-based non-profit organization. It envisions a future where heritage buildings, landscapes, natural areas and communities are widely and consistently valued as the cornerstones of our identity, memory and sense of place, and recognized as essential to a vibrant economy and a sustainable future.