RAIC Gold Medal to Roger du Toit

John Hill
28. February 2017
Roger du Toit (Photo: Sandy Nicholson)

The late architect, landscape architect and planner (1939-2015) is being honored with the Architecture Canada's highest honor, which is given "in recognition of a significant and lasting contribution to Canadian architecture."

The RAIC describes Roger du Toit as "one of Canada’s most important and influential urban designers, whose portfolio includes Toronto’s CN Tower, Ottawa’s Parliamentary Precinct, the Wascana Centre in Regina and projects at more than 25 university campuses."

He established du Toit, Allsopp, Hillier (now DTAH) in 1975. Over the course of more than 45 years of practice, he was involved in significant projects such the Distillery District and Queens Quay in Toronto, Confederation Boulevard and the Long Term Vision and Plan for the parliamentary and judicial precincts in Ottawa, and the Downtown South Urban Design in Vancouver.

Protecting the Views of the National Symbols (Photo: DTAH)

The Gold Medal jury (Barry Johns, Patricia Patkau, Tom Emodi, David Scott, Wayne DeAngelis, and Ricardo L. Castro) said of du Toit:

He has made timeless contributions to significant parts of our urban environments across the country.

He developed a unique career that transcended traditional understanding of architectural practice. His work encompassed planning, urban design, community development and architecture.

He was very much the ‘master architect’ working and coordinating a wide range of groups, institutions, and communities. He anticipated and planned for unknown futures. He took stewardship on as an important component of his relationship with his clients.

Waters Edge Promenade (Photo: DTAH)

Roger du Toit’s widow, Sheila du Toit, and their sons Rob du Toit and Andre du Toit will accept the Gold Medal award at the RAIC/OAA Festival of Architecture taking place in 24-27 May 2017 in Ottawa.

Queen’s Summerhill (Photo: DTAH)

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