The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada has awarded the Gold Medal, the highest honour the profession of architecture in Canada can bestow, for 2008 to Dan S. Hanganu.
In choosing Mr. Hanganu, the Gold Medal Selection Committee noted, “Dan successfully transcends the professional and academic worlds as well as having an extensive body of internationally published articles and project reviews. He understands the impact that architecture can have on people; his work successfully balances function and feeling in a very strong “straight-forward” way; not showy but significant and successful as highly useable environments.”
Mr. Hanganu completed a degree in architecture at the University of Bucharest in 1961, and arrived in Canada in 1970. He leads a diversified practice with projects ranging in scale from single-family houses to entire city blocks. Completed works include numerous housing projects of varying size and complexity, office buildings, hotels and resorts, multi-use complexes, institutional buildings, and several theatres.
He has been personally recognized with the: Ordre national du Qubec- officer (2005); Doctorat honoris causa en architecture from the Universit Laval Qubec (2004); Prix Carrire Sam-Lapointe from the Institute of Design Montral (2004); Doctorat honoris causa in architecture from the University of Bucharest (2003); Man of the year- Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal (1998) and with the Prix Paul-mile Borduas (1992).
He has more than 50 Architectural Awards to his credit, many from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Ordre des architectes du Qubec (OAQ) and from preservation organizations such as Sauvons Montral.
Project highlights include the Pointe–Callire Museum, the Saint-Benot-du-Lac Church, the UQAM Design Pavillion, the Cirque du Soleil studio, the Hautes tudes Commerciales school, the Montral Archival Centre, l’Anglicane de Lvis, the Rimouski Arts Centre, and residential areas in Val de l’Anse, rue de Gasp, Crmazie, rue Quesnel, etc.
As part of this recognition, Mr. Hanganu will be the featured speaker at the Saturday June 28th luncheon during this year’s Conference and Festival of Architecture being held June 25-28, 2008.