The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has chosen to bestow 2014 Honorary Fellowships to two internationally renowned architects whose bold buildings are changing skylines in Canada.
Antoine Predock, an American architect based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the designer of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, set to open in September. Among his other noteworthy projects is the stadium for the San Diego Padres. “My life in architecture has been an extraordinary adventure, culminating in the privilege of being selected to design the Canadian Museum for Human Rights,” says Predock. Becoming an Honorary Fellow, “further cements my special relationship to your country and to all my Canadian colleagues,” he says.
Bjarke Ingels, of Copenhagen and New York, is the 39-year-old behind two unusual skyscrapers, the Beach & Howe Tower in Vancouver, and Telus Sky in Calgary. In 2011, the Wall Street Journal named him Innovator of the Year for architecture. “Canada has been incredibly hospitable to us,” says Ingels. “The social and environmental concern that seems ingrained in Canadian culture resonates well with our Scandinavian roots. “I am very honored by this fellowship and hope it will strengthen our involvement in the exciting urban development that Canada is currently going through.
Predock and Ingels will be inducted into the RAIC College of Fellows during this year’s RAIC Festival of Architecture in Winnipeg, May 28-31. “This year, the College is proud to have the opportunity of celebrating both a senior member of the profession (Predock) a younger, dynamic architect, (Ingels),” says Barry Johns, Chancellor of the College of Fellows. “Predock is known for his very sculptural work around North America, while Ingels’ innovative and sustainable design work has captured the imagination of clients and the profession everywhere,” he said.