Lee Gavel

Campus wins architecture prize

November 29, 2007

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SFU received an unexpected honour in November when the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada awarded the Prix du XXe Siècle (20th century prize) to the Burnaby campus. The prize recognizes the enduring excellence of nationally significant structures such as landmark buildings in the historical context of Canadian architecture. The Burnaby campus was among five developments across Canada to receive the 2007 award—and one of two by the architect team of Arthur Erickson and Geoff Massey (the other being Vancouver’s Smith House 2, built in 1964, a year before SFU was completed). Montreal’s Habitat ‘67, the Toronto Dominion Centre and Toronto’s Wolf House are among other buildings to receive praise. “I’m thrilled,” says university architect Lee Gavel (above). “It’s an exceptional honour recognizing the value of architecture in our community.” Gavel says the award encompasses the original 1960s campus architecture by Arthur Erickson as well as SFU’s continued adherence to the principles and architectural expression of Erickson’s original vision
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