Submissions deadline: 4:00 p.m. December 1, 2017
RAIC and the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) are pleased to invite architects to participate in the competition for the 2018 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture. The RAIC, with the RAIC College of Fellows, is proud to organize and administer the competition. The Canada Council for the Arts is responsible for selecting and administering the peer assessment committee.
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The objective of the Governor General’s Medals in Architecture is to recognize and celebrate outstanding design in recently completed built projects by Canadian architects. The 2018 competition continues a tradition initiated by the Massey Medals in 1950, providing an important source of understanding of the nature of Canadian architecture and the regional, cultural and historic forces expressed in the built environment.
Projects built in and outside of Canada, completed between January 1, 2010 and September 1, 2017 and for which licensed/registered architects or Team of Architects who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and are licensed/registered with a Canadian Provincial or Territorial Jurisdiction and were the lead design architects, are eligible to be submitted.
The following are NOT eligible:
- projects having received a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture in a previous competition;
- projects with involvement of a peer assessment committee member (jury) for the 2018 competition; or a member of the RAIC Awards Committee or RAIC staff; or a member of the Board or staff of the Canada Council for the Arts.
The 2018 competition will result in the awarding of 12 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture.
The Jury members are:
David T. Fortin, MRAIC, PhD, Architect AAA
Assistant Professor, Laurentian University McEwen School of Architecture (Alberta, Saskatchewan and Sudbury, Ontario)
Adele Weder, MASA, Hon. MRAIC
Editor 2017-18, Canadian Architect (Vancouver, BC)
Andrew Frontini, MRAIC
Design Director, Principal Perkins + Will (Toronto, ON)
Andrea Wolff, FRAIC
Founding Partner, ARCHITEM Wolff Shapiro Kuskowski Architects (Montreal, QC)
Founding Parnter, Heneghan Peng Architects (Dublin, Ireland)
Medals are awarded for excellence in the art of architecture. The primary criterion will be the architectural artistic merit of the design, including such elements as:
Submissions must be received before. Entrants are solely responsible for timely submissions. This date and time are firm without exceptions.
Submissions must be sent to:
Governor General’s Medals in Architecture
Suite 330, 55 Murray Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5M3
For RAIC members: (the lead design architect must be a member of the RAIC)
525.00 $ AB, BC, MB, NT, NU, SK, YT
574.88 $ QC
565.00 $ ON
575.00 $ NB, NL, NS, PE
For non-RAIC members:
787.50 $ AB, BC, MB, NT, NU, SK, YT
862.31 $ QC
847.50 $ ON
862.50 $ NB, NL, NS, PE
All prices include applicable taxes. Payment can be made online through the following link: https://www.raic.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=55
Please note that binders, including hardcopies of project images, are no longer accepted. For each entry, two printed copies of each of the following documents must be included in the submission package and two CD/DVD-ROMs or USB key:
- Project Information/Credit Sheet (item 2)
- 500-word Project Description (item 3)
- Key List of Images (item 5)
Only one copy of the proof of payment needs to be submitted (item 6).
For reproduction clarity, printed copies should be in black ink on one-sided 8 ½” x 11” white sheets of regular photocopy paper (portrait orientation). These same documents must also be included in electronic format (Microsoft Word), along with digital images (item 4), on two duplicate CD/DVD-ROMs or USB key. The online payment receipt should be submitted as a PDF file.
2. PROJECT INFORMATION/CREDITS
All credits on certificates, medals and publicity will be based on this information. Any errors or omissions will be the responsibility of the entrant. All information must be typed.
Full credit must be given. If more than one architect is credited for a single project, the order in which names are listed will be the official sequence.
Please use the indicators A - G as follows.
Contact Person if different from (B):
Media Contact Person:
Signature of Architect
3. PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS
Two (2) descriptions are required:
- A 500-word maximum statement on one page outlining the objectives and significance of the project and summarizing for the peer assessment committee (jury) why the project is considered worthy of a medal. This text should be conceived to be accessible to the general public.
- A 100-word maximum media statement crafted for website postings and media campaigns.
A maximum of 10 digital images including a site plan, a building plan and cross-section must be included on two (2) duplicate PC-compatible CD/DVD-ROMs or USB key. CD/DVD-ROMs or USB key must be labeled with the project name. An image file can be composed of one or several images. All images used in a composite image must be provided as individual image files (at high resolution only) in a folder entitled “Composite Individual Images”.
Each of the 10 images must be saved in two resolutions; a high resolution version for publication purposes and a low resolution version for jury adjudication. Images must be stored in corresponding folders labeled “High Resolution” and “Low Resolution”.
Electronic images must comply with the following specifications:
- Only JPEG image-format saved at high-quality/low-compression setting are acceptable. Low-quality/high-compression JPEGs will not be accepted.
- High resolution images must be 300 dpi and approximately 4200 x 3150 pixels. Low resolution images must be a maximum size of 1.5 MB.
- All images should be in RGB color mode (CMYK will not be accepted).
- All file names must be composed of a number followed by a title. Single digit numbers must start with zero “0” (ex.: “01title.jpg”… “09title.jpg”, “10title.jpg”). Do not use punctuation, symbols or more than 45 characters in the file names.
- Compressed archive files (.zip, .sit) will not be accepted.
- Editing and/or deletion of existing building elements to artificially enhance an image will not be accepted.
5. KEY LIST OF IMAGES
The Key List of Images should correspond to the images on the CD/DVD-ROMs or USB key and should include image number, name of building, architect and photographer credits where applicable for each image provided.
6. Proof of payment
Entry fee payments can be made through the following link: https://www.raic.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=55
Once the payment has been processed online, a receipt will be emailed to you. You are to include a hard copy of this receipt in your submission package as proof of payment. A PDF document of this receipt should also be included on the CD/DVD-ROMs or USB key along with other required documents.
Only one medal will be bestowed to the lead design architect listed for each project selected. Additional medals can be purchased upon request by each architectural firm involved in the project or by the client.
Submission of an entry to the 2018 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture grants all rights to the RAIC and Canada Council for the Arts for unrestricted publication of the material in all media, including electronic media. Permission from owners/clients and photographers is the responsibility of the entrants and must be obtained before making an entry.
Photographs used for any purpose by the RAIC or the Canada Council for the Arts will bear the customary photographer’s credit line as provided by the entrant.
All submissions will be kept by the RAIC for publications, public relations and archival purposes. Unsuccessful entries will not be returned to entrants.
All recipients of winning submissions must produce two display panels. The panels must be delivered to the RAIC by April 6, 2018. All panels must be made from 1/2” thick gatorboard, 20” x 20” in size. Detailed specifications will be provided to all medalists.
RAIC and the Canada Council for the Arts must be included in all media/newspaper releases and announcements regarding the medal by winning candidates.
Questions must be forwarded by e-mail no later than November 6, 2017 to email@example.com.
Answers will be posted on RAIC’s website on November 16, 2017.
The winning entrants will be notified privately of the results approximately three months after the deadline date. It is expected that the public announcement and an awards ceremony will be held in 2018 in Ottawa. Travel to the ceremony for the medalists is at their own expense. Entrants who are not selected will be notified by letter. Results will not be released over the telephone.
Submission package should contain:
- Two (2) printed copies of the Project Information/Credit Sheet
- Two (2) printed copies of the 500-word Project description
- Two (2) printed copies of the Key List of all digital images
- One (1) printed copy of the online payment receipt as proof of payment
Two (2) copies of a CD/DVD-ROMs or USB key containing:
• a maximum of 10 digital images of which a site plan, a building plan and a building cross-section must be included;
• Project information/credit sheet (MS Word format);
• 500-word Project description (MS Word format);
• 100-word Project media description (MS Word format);
• Key List of Images (MS Word format);
• Online payment receipt as proof of payment (PDF).