Architecture Canada | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
(RAIC) announced on April 18, 2011, the recipients of the 2011 Awards of Excellence. The recipient of the
Advocate for Architecture award is Gerald Sheff
From the Advocate for Architecture award notice: "Over
the years, Mr. Sheff has demonstrated a strong personal passion for
architecture, and has given expression to that passion through a
remarkable series of important architectural commissions, as well
as through an exemplary pattern of philanthropic support for
architectural culture in Canada."
The jury members commented: "Beyond Mr. Sheff’s generosity in
both his time and philanthropy directed to Architecture and the
Arts is his regard, as a client, for the commissioning of building
projects which have achieved both national and international
recognition contributing to the enhanced profile of Canadian
The RAIC noted: "The unanimous and swift decision by the jury to
confer the Advocate for Architecture 2011 Award of Excellence on
Gerald Sheff is a remarkable testimony to the significant
contribution he has made to Canada’s architectural domain."
The Awards of Excellence are bestowed every two years to
recognize the greatest achievement in the category identified. The
winners are chosen by a series of juries corresponding to the
various categories offered. This year’s jury members for the
Advocate for Architecture award were: William (Bill) Chomik,
PP/FRAIC; Eric Haldenby, FRAIC; and Christopher Fillingham,
The Awards of Excellence were presented during the Presidents'
Dinner & Awards Gala on Friday, May 27, 2011, in Vancouver.