School of Architecture news
Many graduates of the School are represented amongst the 2015 winners of the OAQ (Ordre des architectes du Québec) Prix d'excellence en architecture. A total of 13 awards and two mentions were announced on November 21, 2015, in the 28th year of the prizes.
The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership has announced the installation that will take over the Place des Festivals this coming winter for the sixth annual edition of Luminothérapie, from 10 December 2015 to 31 January 2016: Impulse, a participatory creation by the Toronto-based firm Lateral Office, and CS Design, in collaboration with EGP Group, both from Montreal.
Adjunct Professor Julia Gersovitz is to receive the Gabrielle Léger Medal for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of her 40-year contribution to heritage conservation in Canada. The medal is one of the National Trust Leadership Awards for 2015. The recipients’ accomplishments will be fêted at the National Trust’s National Awards Ceremony and Reception taking place in Calgary, Alberta, on October 23, 2015 at the Petroleum Club with Her Honour, the Hon. Lois Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, presenting.
Prof. Ricardo L. Castro has been elected as a member to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) and will be formally inducted into the Academy at the RCA's Annual General Assembly, during the President's Dinner, in May 2016 in Vancouver. The Acting President of the Academy, Joseph-Richard Veilleux RCA, reported to Prof. Castro that the members of the Jury of the RCA Membership Committee determined that he had met all the criteria for election to the Academy and that the discipline most appropriate to his accomplishments, and for which he was elected, is photography.
The School of Architecture welcomes Prof. Martin Bressani as its next Director for a three-year term, effective September 1, 2015, until August 31, 2018. This appointment follows a search conducted this past spring by the Search Advisory Committee chaired by Dean Jim Nicell.
Andrew Grant and Justin Hung received an Honorable Mention in the NYC Sky Condo - New York City Farm Tower competition, an international, open competition organized by AWR. The project Meat City was developed in ARCH 406 (U3 studio) with Profs.
The School of Architecture team took second prize at the recently completed 2015 Tongji International Construction Festival and "Ablues Design" Corrugated Cardboard Design and Construction Competition in Shanghai. The students' project - "PoP-Up Shelter" - featured a deployable shape-changing structure with potential use as an emergency shelter. The McGill team consisted of Ariela Lenetsky, Camille Charest, Merit Shokry, Jennifer Jiang, Sara D'amato and Aldéric Leahy, and were led by Adjunct Professor Howard Davies.
M.Arch. (post-professional) student Ila d’Cruz is one of three recipients of the Power Corporation of Canada Awards that encourages students at the Masters level in Canadian architecture schools to take part in a collaborative project of 3 months at the Study Centre of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA).
Prof. Robert Mellin will receive a doctorate degree honoris causa from Memorial University during the spring convocation ceremonies, May 26 to 29, 2015, at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The honorary doctorate degree recognizes extraordinary contribution to society or exceptional intellectual or artistic achievement. Honorary degree recipients are chosen by the Senate, the university's academic governing body, after a careful examination of the grounds for their nomination.
Prof. Annmarie Adams, Director of the School, has been elected to the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). Each year, the College of Fellows formally recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the profession. Fellowship in the RAIC is an honour conferred on members singled out for their contribution to research, scholarship, public service or professional standing to the good of architecture in Canada, or elsewhere.
Prof. David Covo was granted the title of Profesor Honoris Causa by Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism (UAUIM) in Bucharest, Romania, on March 6, 2015, for “his exemplary professional and teaching career, for his significant achievements that make him a real professional model internationally, as a sign of recognition for all these outstanding activities and our appreciation for his work and support given to our university” (Laudatio for architect David Mario Covo, delivered by Assoc. Prof.
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) announced that Monica Adair, who has become a leader in New Brunswick through design, education, and community service, is the recipient of its 2015 Young Architect Award. Ms. Adair, 37, is co-founder of Acre Architects in Saint John, NB.
A Montreal multi-disciplinary firm that experiments with materials and building methods is the recipient of the 2015 Emerging Architectural Practice Award given by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). Founded in 2003, KANVA is a 10-person collective led by Tudor Radulescu, MRAIC (B.Sc.Arch. 1998, M.Arch. 2001), and Rami Bebawi, MRAIC (B.Sc.Arch. 1999, M.Arch. 2001).
The Board of Governors of McGill University has approved the promotion of Prof. Martin Bressani to the rank of Full Professor, effective March 1, 2015. The School warmly congratulates Prof. Bressani on this achievement.