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.
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.
Last week (January 26 to 30, 2015), the Honourable Frank Fagan, Lieutenant-Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, presented the 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards in Architecture to architects Robert Mellin, Peter C. Blackie and Ron Fougere of Fougere Menchenton Architecture. This is the inaugural presentation of what will be a triennial event, celebrating outstanding contribution to the field of architecture and the built environment of Newfoundland and Labrador, and to recognize the important role architects and architecture have in building communities across the province.
Montreal-based Nicki Reckziegel (M.Arch. 2014) is the winner of the Canada Council’s 2014 Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners. With this award, she will travel to “institutions of refuge” (crisis centres, safe houses, hospitals) in 18 locations across Central and East Africa. She will also intern with MASS Design Group, a non-profit organization that has designed health-care facilities in developing countries around the world.
Robert Mellin, Associate Professor at the School, and the winner of numerous awards, notably for his contributions to preserving Newfoundland’s architectural heritage and for his publications that have made modern architecture more accessible to a wider audience, was named a Member of the Order of Canada on December 26, 2014.