Prof. Robert Mellin has been elected President of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. The RCA is an honorary organization of established professional artists and designers from all regions of Canada. Members practice in more than thirty visual arts disciplines including but not limited to painting, print-making, architecture, sculpture, design, photography, ceramics, film, video, and digital art.
[From the McGill Reporter, “McGill gets 15 CRCs, infrastructure funding,” by Meaghan Thurston]
"On Thursday, May 4, the Honorable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced $126 million in funding for 142 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at universities across Canada. Fifteen CRCs valued at $12 million went to McGill faculty."
Prof. Annmarie Adams and John Bentley Mays are the recipients of the 2017 President’s Medal for Media in Architecture given by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC.) From the RAIC press release (see attachment):
This award recognizes storytelling about buildings and cities that promotes understanding of architecture and the role of architects in the daily lives of Canadians.
Professional Program Administrator and Student Advisor Mary Lanni-Campoli has won the Dean of Students Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising. A total of 11 nominations were received in the category for which Lanni-Campoli was awarded (Administrative Staff). (There were four nominations in the Academic Staff category.) An award reception was held on Tuesday 25 April at Thompson House to toast this year’s award nominees and to highlight all the great work being done in advising across McGill.
Three of eleven winners in the student category of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI) Architecture in Perspective 32 (2017) competition are professional Master’s students at McGill: Lorenzo Saroli-Palumbo (Gilbert Gorski Juror Award), Simon McKenzie (Corey Harper Juror Award), and Sarah Ives (Award of Merit).
On February 20, 2016, Prof. Robert Mellin received a Built Heritage Award from the City of St. John’s, Newfoundland, for the renovation of 38 Hayward Avenue. The low-pitch biscuit box roof shape of the existing house was retained, and a new bedroom was constructed above an existing detached garage. A second-storey insulated link or bridge connects the new bedroom to the second floor hallway of the house.
For before and after photos of the project, please visit this webpage.
Ewa Bieniecka, FRAIC (B.Sc.[Arch.] '80, B.Arch. '82, M.Arch. '04), a Montreal architect specializing in conservation and restoration of heritage buildings, was inducted as the 78th President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) at a formal ceremony on Monday. About 90 guests attended the investiture ceremony at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. The keynote speaker was Marie-Josée Lacroix, head of the Design Montreal Bureau, a City of Montreal agency that works to improve design in the city and enhance Montreal’s status as a UNESCO City of Design.
McGill student teams won two of three prizes in the Architecture Éphémère competition at the Ice Hotel outside Quebec City in Valcartier at the opening celebration on Friday, January 20. The team of U1 students Jessica Cheng and Biying Wang won second prize for their room Rêve Étoilé, while the team of U3 students Mia Chen, Jo-Yu Tseng, and Zhong Ji Cai won third prize for their room Cocoa Flurry.
Two teams of undergraduate students from the School are amongst the three finalist teams in the Architecture Éphémère competition at the Ice Hotel outside Quebec City: a U1 team composed of Jessica Cheng and Biying Wang (Rêve Étoilé) and a U3 team composed of Mia Chen, Jo-Yu Tseng, and Zhong Ji Cai (Cocoa Flurry). For the 12th consecutive year, the competition was open to students from the universities of Laval, McGill, Montréal, and UQAM.
[From the McGill Reporter, “16 Canada Research Chairs for McGill,” by Kathryn Jezer-Morton]
“On Friday, Dec. 2, the Honorable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced over $173 million in funding for 203 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at universities across Canada. Sixteen CRCs went to McGill faculty. Eleven of McGill’s new CRCs went to women, which reflects the national trend; this cohort is among the highest percentage of women ever, at 38 per cent.”
A team composed of three graduate students from the professional MArch program at the School of Architecture has won first prize in the 21st Annual CCA Interuniversity Charrette organized by the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) and McGill University. Tristan Leahy, Justin Bouttell, and Simon McKenzie won the top prize for their project Shared Snowmobile Garages, one of 73 projects submitted to the competition. Two
On November 17, 2016, Prof. Robert Mellin won a Southcott Award recognizing “design in context” for his new Middle Arm, Newfoundland residential project, “The Ballyhack Treehouse.” The design for this project incorporates both modern and traditional elements in a tall house with a small footprint, with the intent of preserving as many of the existing trees as possible on its Conception Bay waterfront site. Two wings are joined by a second floor insulated bridge, and the main living area is at the third level of the north wing with a spectacular panoramic view of the bay.
The consortium of Atelier TAG and Jodoin Lamarre Pratte has won the competition, Le pôle du savoir, d'histoire et de la culture, for a new library and multifunctional hall in Chambly.
From the RIBA website on the Stirling Prize 2016: