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Monica Adair wins national young architect award
CBC News
A New Brunswick architect has been recognized by a national group that represents the profession. Monica Adair, 37, is the recipient of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's 2015 Young Architect Award. It recognizes an architect 40 years or younger for excellence in design, leadership, and service to the profession. Adair is the co-founder of Acre Architects in Saint John. She has also served on the New Brunswick Arts Board and currently sits on the Saint John Waterfront Development Board.
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'Architecture's Nobel Prize' awarded to German architect Frei Otto
The Globe and Mail
The Pritzker Prize for Architecture has gone to the highly influential German architect Frei Otto — who, tragically, died before being able to accept the honour. Frei Otto, who died at age 89 in Germany, was a cult figure in the architecture profession. An engineer and an architect by training, he built relatively little, but his sophisticated use of lean, lightweight structures made him an influence on the likes of Frank Gehry and last year's Pritzker winner, Shigeru Ban.
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L'architecte Frei Otto, lauréat posthume du prix Pritzker
La Presse
Le comité du prix Pritzker a annoncé la mort de l'architecte allemand de renommée mondiale Frei Otto tout en révélant que ce «visionnaire, pionnier des matériaux légers» était le lauréat 2015 du prix le plus prestigieux de l'architecture mondiale. Tom Pritzker, le président de la fondation Hyatt qui parraine le prix, a annoncé la «triste nouvelle» de la mort en Allemagne de l'architecte à l'âge de 89 ans, tout en révélant avec deux semaines d'avance que Frei Otto était le lauréat de cette récompense, équivalent d'un prix Nobel.
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Toronto's Daniels Spectrum wins architecture award
Global News
Daniels Spectrum, a cultural centre that is helping to transform Toronto's downtown Regent Park neighbourhood, has won a prestigious Civic Trust Award in London, England. The three-storey centre, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects of Toronto, opened in 2012, providing space for community-based arts and cultural groups. This month it is hosting "You're Not Here," a celebration of feminist art featuring works by 25 local artists. Daniels Spectrum was the only award winner from Canada.
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Petrie Building sale will 'reinvigorate an iconic Guelph landmark'
Guelph Mercury
Designed by Guelph architect John Day and built in 1882 for Alexander Bain Petrie, a pharmacist and successful businessmen, the four-storey structure is unique in Canada for its eye-popping façade of stamped galvanized iron, and its mortar and pestle pediment. It is a designated Ontario Heritage Act building. As extraordinary as the façade is, it has fallen into deterioration in recent decades, due largely to the prohibitive cost of restoration.
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Cohen: Communism memorial a monumental folly
Ottawa Citizen
That the proposed Memorial to the Victims of Communism is a monumental folly is no longer in question. Its location and design have been denounced by virtually every independent authority. No wonder it has ignited a swelling chorus of derision. Critics include the Institute of Planners, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Ontario Association of Architects. They include a member of the memorial jury (Shirley Blumberg), the original designer (Zuzana Hahn) and a leading Ottawa architect (Barry Padolsky).
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Écart salarial hommes-femmes moindre chez les architectes
OAQ
Le salaire horaire moyen des femmes équivaut à 93 pour cent de celui des hommes dans le groupe professionnel «architecture, urbanisme et arpentage». C'est du moins ce que révèle une analyse de la rémunération des professionnels travaillant dans les entreprises privées de 200 employés et plus, publiée cette semaine par l'Institut de la statistique du Québec (ISQ). En 2013, les femmes de ce groupe gagnaient en moyenne 33,70 $ l'heure, contre 36,11 $ pour les hommes.
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Proposed 80-storey Toronto tower would be tallest building in Canada
National Post
The Toronto businessman who purchased the iconic southwest corner of Yonge and Bloor streets unveiled his vision to local residents recently, promising a building that will put the intersection "on an international map." Towering above the heart of the city at 80 storeys, "The One" retail and residential development received several rounds of applause from a packed meeting room at the Hyatt hotel on Avenue Road.
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Ralph Stern to leave as University of Manitoba architecture dean
CBC News
Ralph Stern says he will step down as dean of architecture at the University of Manitoba at the end of his term, weeks after a national association representing faculty members recommended that he be replaced. Stern issued a written statement on Friday saying he will not seek reappointment as dean. He said he will continue to work in the faculty as a professor. "I have given my decision careful consideration and believe this is the best course of action for me personally and professionally," he wrote.

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Home is where their art is: Inside the creative spaces of Canadian architects
The Globe an
For many architects, a career in building often begins with the personal, their own residences providing an opportunity to test out new ideas and techniques and serving as calling cards to prospective clients. In most of Canada's major cities, expensive real-estate realities have made such experimentation more difficult these days. But these three firms have found ways to beat the tight constraints of space and budget to express themselves freely and dynamically.

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Vancouver heritage conservation plan up for debate
CBC News
Vancouver's plan to update its heritage conservation program is prompting dialogue on architectural innovation and what should be considered a heritage building. The city is currently gathering feedback on its Heritage Conservation Program, which was established in 1986. SFU and the Heritage Vancouver Society are co-hosting their own public debates on the issue. Alec Smith, a partner at Shape Architecture, was one of the panellists at a recent debate on heritage and new developments. His firm specializes in modern design. It recently designed new homes around two character houses in Strathcona, a Vancouver neighbourhood known for its heritage values.

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The fascinating architecture of Canada's Nunavut territory
Architectural Digest
First presented by Canada at the 2014 Venice Biennale for Architecture, the exhibition "Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15" opened recently at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, marking the start of its national tour. The show celebrates the 15th anniversary of Nunavut—Canada's northernmost and newest territory (it separated from the Northwest Territories in 1999) and explores its distinct architectural character.
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Oui, Montréal est une ville de design
Journal Métro
Si vous saviez combien de fois on m'a demandé comment Montréal avait réussi à obtenir son titre de Ville UNESCO de design... Après tout, les projets immobiliers sans âme ne cessent de se multiplier sur l'île. Des réalisations d'envergure qui auraient dû nous faire rayonner, de la salle de l'Orchestre symphonique jusqu'au CUSM, en ont déçu plus d’un.
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