Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Prix du XXe siècle — Call for Nominations

Submission Deadline: January 19, 2018

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 the National Trust for Canada wish to promote public awareness of significant Canadian architecture of the recent past.

The Prix du XXe Siècle recognizes buildings over 25 years old that have become landmarks of Canadian architecture.  The prize celebrates design quality as well as enduring excellence, recognizing the design of the original architect and/or firm as well as the on-going stewardship of the owner of the building.  

Submissions will be judged on the following:

  • the building has national significance;
  • the building remains an enduring work of architecture;
  • the qualities of the building may reflect: conceptual originality; technical advancement; innovation of its time; and/or symbolic significance; 
  • the features of the work have not been substanially altered since its construction;
  • the building has been preserved over time through sensitive stewardship of its original qualities.

2. Eligibility

  • An existing building that was completed after 1966 and before 1992;
  • A person may nominate one building per year;
  • Previous unsuccessful submissions will be automatically considered for a maximum of 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/DVD ROMs or USB key.

The following items must be provided and combined in this order into a single PDF document saved as the project name:

  1. A completed nomination form;
  2. A written statement, which explains why the building deserves this award. The statement shall be three pages or less;
  3. List of significant interventions to the building should be noted and explained in terms of the original design intent and realization; 
  4. A site plan;
  5. A current day photo of the building, in jpeg format is required;
  6. Visual evidence such as photos of the present state of the building interiors to support an assessment of the stewardship aspect of the award;
  7. Maximum of 10 images per submission, five of which must have been taken in the last five years;
  8. Additional images that allow comparison between “then” and “now” are encouraged and permitted;
  9. A minimum of two high resolution images in jpeg format are required;
  10. Useful supporting materials such as articles and list of awards are encouraged
  11. Key list of images.

All submission materials must be included electronically in PDF format or MS Word on a CD/DVD-ROM or USB key.  (view the technical guidelines for submitting electronic material).

All winning entries will be kept by the RAIC for publication, exhibition and archival purposes. Unsuccessful entries will not be returned.

4. Jury Selection Process

The National Committee of the College of Fellows in consultation with the National Trust for Canada 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. 

The jury members for the 2018 Prix du XXe Siècle are: 

Michael Heeney, FRAIC

Michael Heeney, is a nationally and internationally recognized architect, city builder and urban strategist with over 30 years experience guiding organizations and leading diverse projects. He is passionate about enhancing communities through innovative urban design and architecture and sees the importance of creativity and culture in contributing to the health and vitality of urban centers.
Michael joined the Surrey City Development Corporation (SCDC) as President and CEO in 2017, after over two decades as an architect and principal at Bing Thom Architects (BTA). There, he played a leadership role on many of BTA’s high profile projects including the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (UBC), Central City/SFU Surrey, Arena Stage (Washington, DC) and Tarrant County College (Fort Worth, Texas).
In addition to his professional contributions, Michael is committed to his community: he has been involved in various arts, cultural and business organizations throughout the region. Michael is a Member of the Architectural Institute of BC and the Real Estate Institute of BC; a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Real Estate Institute of Canada; and a LEED accredited professional with degrees from the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto.”
John Leroux, MRAIC
Architect, historian and cultural proponent John Leroux has worked at award-winning architecture firms in Toronto, Atlanta, and Fredericton, and was selected to be a team member in Canada’s entry at the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture. He has won many awards for architectural and public art projects throughout Canada, and has taught at St. Thomas University, the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design and the University of New Brunswick, where he is currently an instructor and designer-in-residence in the Engineering Department. He is the author of ten books on architectural history and the visual arts, including Building New Brunswick: an architectural history, A Vision in Wood and Stone: the Architecture of Mount Allison University, and most recently 1967: New Brunswick's Centennial Building Murals. He is also currently completing his PhD in History at UNB, where he is exploring the modern cultural history of New Brunswick.
Kendra Schank Smith, FRAIC
Kendra Schank Smith is a Professor in the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University. She is a former Chair of the Department leading it through initial CACB accreditation in 2010. She holds a Ph.D. in the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture from Georgia Tech.  She has a professional Masters degree in Architecture from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Education from Southern Illinois University. 
Dr. Smith practiced in the architectural office of the Pritzker Prize winning architect Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates in Hamden, Connecticut. She was extensively involved in the design and renovation of the Central Park Zoo in New York City and projects such as Ravinia Headquarters Complex in Atlanta, Georgia and 60 Wall Street in New York City.
Dr. Smith has over twenty-five years of academic experience at several universities in North America, including the University of Minnesota and the University of Utah. She has published on topics of visualization and representation, urbanism, diversity, architectural history and pedagogy. These publications include two books on architectural sketches and a third book pertaining to design process. Her upcoming book, Building the Architect’s Character; an exploration in Traits, will be released in December 2017 from Routledge Press. 

Kendra has served on the national/international boards of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Canadian Council of University Schools of Architecture, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the Journal of Architectural Education. In 2014, she was elected to the RAIC College of Fellows.

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 a confidentiality agreement;
  • 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 the National Trust for Canada
(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. The National Trust for Canada may send a representative to present the award jointly with RAIC.

8. Commemorative Plaque

Subject to the owner’s discretion, RAIC and the National Trust for Canada will provide a commemorative wall plaque or desktop plaque

9. Joint Publicity

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