Two of our alumni firms have been awarded with 2018 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture to honour outstanding buildings across Canada.

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Canada Council for the Arts announced on May 7, 2018 the recipients of the Governor General’s Medals in Architecture. The biennial awards celebrate outstanding design in recently completed projects by Canadian architects. The awards will be presented during a ceremony in Ottawa in the fall.

Two of the projects chosen as the examples of the best contemporary architecture in Canada are:

  • Rabbit Snare Gorge, Inverness, NS, Omar Gandhi Architects and Design Base 8 (NYC)
  • Two Hulls House, Port Mouton, NS, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects.

Omar Gandhi Architect Inc. is an architecture firm specializing in custom modern design based in both Halifax, Nova Scotia and Toronto, Ontario. Omar Gandhi (MArch’05) started the studio in 2010 and became a registered architectural practice in 2012. The studio has been the subject of local, national and international publication. Omar is a sessional instructor at the School of Architecture.

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects is the most decorated design firm in Atlantic Canada. Led by Brian MacKay-Lyons (BArch ’78) and Talbot Sweetapple (MArchFP’97), the firm is the 2014 recipient of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Firm Award. The firm’s work has won numerous high profile awards and has appeared in many international publications. both Brian and Talbot hold part time positions as professors at the School of Architecture.

For the full story see the RAIC’s announcement here.