Saucier + Perrotte Wins RAIC Gold Medal

 John Hill
21. February 2018
UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences / CDRD (Photo: Marc Cramer)
Gilles Saucier and André Perrotte, the founders of Montreal's Saucier + Perrotte Architectes, have been selected by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada as the recipients of the 2018 RAIC Gold Medal.
The Gold Medal, considered the highest honor the RAIC bestows, recognizes a significant and lasting contribution to Canadian architecture. In the words of the five-person jury* that chose Saucier + Perrotte Architectes, "They have built and maintained a high quality of work for decades. They are one of the few firms that are recognized both nationally and internationally. They are ambassadors for Canadian architecture. They don’t compromise. Their work inspires and delights. Their projects are functional, sculptural and beautiful in the landscape. They are spaces that one enjoys being in."

The firm released a statement saying: "It is with great honor that we accept this award recognizing 30 years of passionate and dedicated work. We are grateful for the numerous fruitful collaborations that have helped us shape and realize our vision. We proudly receive this medal as a reward for our unyielding commitment to architectural excellence."

Some of the firm's work singled out in the RAIC's announcement include the First Nations Pavilion at the Botanical Garden in Montreal, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (with Hughes Condon Marler Architects) in Vancouver, and the new Stade de Soccer de Montréal (with HCMA Architecture + Design).

The Gold Medal will be presented at the RAIC/AANB Festival of Architecture, taking place in Saint John from May 30 to June 2.
Gilles Saucier and André Perrotte (Photos: Justine Latour)
*The five-member jury:
  • Peter Busby, FRAIC, partner, Perkins + Will, Vancouver, BC
  • Andrew Batay-Csorba, MRAIC, partner, Batay-Csorba Architects, Toronto, ON
  • Johanna Hurme, FRAIC, partner, 5468796 architecture Winnipeg, MB
  • Renée Mailhot, MIRAC, founder, la SHED architecture, Montreal, QC
  • Diogo Burnay, director, Dalhousie University School of Architecture, Halifax, NS

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