The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's Gold Medal is the highest honour that the Institute can bestow in recognition of a significant and lasting contribution to Canadian architecture. The honour recognizes a significant body of work deemed to have lasting influence as demonstrated through excellence in design; excellence in research; and/or excellence in education. It considers the individual’s breadth and scope of expertise; established presence within the public sphere; exemplary approaches to environmental sustainability; support and advancement of social justice; and commitment to the future generation of architects.
Any individual may be nominated to receive the Gold Medal.
The Gold Medal is offered annually.
The call for submissions is currently OPEN until January 14, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST. Check it out to learn more and apply!
2021 Recipient - Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe
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2022 RAIC Gold Medal Jury Biographies
Anne Bordeleau, PhD, OAQ, MRAIC
Anne Bordeleau is Professor and O'Donovan Director at the School of Architecture of the University of Waterloo, Canada. As an architect, historian and educator, she foregrounds the social and cultural roles of architecture in time and across times. Her publications include writings on the temporal and mnemonic dimensions of materials, drawings, maps, buildings, and architecture more generally. She is the author of Charles Robert Cockerell, Architect in Time: Reflections around Anachronistic Drawings, and co-author of the book and exhibition The Evidence Room, presented at the 15th Venice Biennale, Royal Ontarion Museum (Toronto) and Hirshhorn Museum (Washington, DC).
Anya Moryoussef, BES, March, OAA, MRAIC
Anya Moryoussef is a licensed architect and educator.
In 2016 she established AM_A, an architecture, interiors, and urban design practice founded to pursue the deliberate and imaginative application of design to daily life.
Since 2008, Anya has been teaching architecture, and is currently a sessional lecturer at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and the University of Toronto John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design.
Anya is the recipient of two Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Medals including the 2021 Emerging Architect Award. Her work has been published locally and internationally, garnering critical recognition in architectural and literary presses.
Brigitte Shim, FRAIC
Brigitte Shim along with her partner A. Howard Sutcliffe are principals of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects. To date, Shim and Sutcliffe have received fifteen Governor General’s Medals and Awards for Architecture from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and an American Institute of Architects National Honor Award along with many other professional accolades for their built work for non-profit groups, public and private clients. In 2021, Brigitte Shim and A. Howard Sutcliffe jointly received the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal in recognition for their contribution to architecture in Canada. Brigitte Shim is also a Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto with a long-standing commitment to the education of the architects of the next generation.
Carol Belanger, M.Arch, Architect, AAA, FRAIC, LEED AP
Carol graduated from the Technical University of Nova Scotia with a Masters Degree in Architecture in 1992. After 15 years in private practice he worked as a senior urban designer in the City’s planning and development group where he chaired the Edmonton Urban Design Awards in 2005 and 2007. In 2007 Carol move over to the City’s building group as a project architect and in 2009 took over as City Architect. As City Architect he has worked to emphasize the importance of urban and architectural design excellence for the betterment of the city and communities that we live in. Leveraging the City’s current policies and bylaws, the City has revised it’s RFQ/RFP process to reflect the required higher design standard. In 2017 Carol was inducted into the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's College of Fellow for his continued advocacy of the architectural profession.
Jack Kobayashi, Architect AIBC MWNTAA
Jack Kobayashi is the President of Kobayashi + Zedda Architects (KZA) based in Whitehorse, Yukon. Due to their remote northern location, KZA shuns specialization, preferring to achieve competence in a wide variety of building types from residential to health care.
KZA strives to provide design that is regionally appropriate, sustainable, and reflective of First Nations values, maintaining a part-time indigenization consultant on staff.
In 2006, the firm was awarded the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture. The firm has also received three British Columbia Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards and a 2012 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence.
Jack is also Vice-President of 360 Design Build, a Yukon-based construction and development firm that designs, builds and manages a wide variety of residential and commercial buildings. It is this hands-on approach that has allowed the firm to maintain a pragmatic understanding of design and construction methodologies.
Susan Ruptash, FRAIC, Architect, OAA, Principal Emerita
Susan Ruptash is an architect with a lifelong passion for accessible and inclusive design. She worked at BDP Quadrangle for 29 years, including nine years as Managing Principal. Following her retirement from full-time work in 2018, she continues to advise BDP Quadrangle on strategic and business matters.
Susan was the project architect for many of Quadrangle’s major institutional projects using her expertise in accessibility to help create positive independent living environments for seniors and persons with disabilities. Susan was a co-founder of AccessAbility Advantage, the precursor to Human Space, a global collaborative of experts and specialists working with placemakers and city builders to create spaces for all.
Susan was the accessibility consultant for the Planning, Design and Compliance of the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes’ Village and for four of the sporting event venues.
In 2006, Susan was honoured by her peers with induction into the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. In 2014, she received the G. Randy Roberts Service Award from the Ontario Association of Architects for her service to the profession. In 2015, Susan proudly accepted the award recognizing BDP Quadrangle as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed firms, an award renewed every year since.
David Covo, OAQ FRAIC
David Covo is an Associate Professor and past Director (1996-2007) of the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture at McGill University, where he teaches design and drawing, sketching, and professional practice. He is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and a member of the Order of Architects of Quebec (since 1976). A past President of the Canadian Architectural Certification Board, he is currently a member of the Advisory Committee for the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University and a director of the Arthur Erickson Foundation.
His research is related to his teaching and practice and has addressed drawing and design, sustainable design, barrier-free design, and housing. He worked in Pakistan in 1976 with John Schreiber and Yasmeen Lari, Architects, and has since worked in teaching and/or research in Mexico, China, Romania, South Korea, and Singapore.
Professor Covo has served as the Professional Advisor for the Moriyama RAIC International Prize since the first round of the Prize in 2014. Other juries on which he has served include the competitions for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, the Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay, and most recently, the transformation of the Musée d’art contemporain in Montreal.
Past recipients photos, from left to right: Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, FRAIC, Gilles Saucier and André Perrotte, Roger Terence du Toit, FRAIC, Brian MacKay-Lyons, FRAIC, Peter Busby, FRAIC