MONTREAL, June 11, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Last May 8th, Canada Council for
the Arts and Architecture Canada were awarded one of twelve Governor
General's Medals in Architecture 2012 with the Kitcisakik Mission of Emergency Architects of Canada (EAC) and Architect and Project Manager, Guillaume Lévesque. Described as an original and innovative initiative and although this
is an unconventional architectural project, the jury recognised the
value and importance of the mission, "At its essence, and with great
power, it incorporates the most fundamental aspect of architecture: to
transform and enhance human life. Project participants have responded
to real and urgent needs and they applied their technical skills with
energy and enthusiasm. We hope that similar initiatives are under way."
The medal will be presented later this year at Rideau Hall.
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of
Canada, had the following to say regarding this year's selection: "The
recipients of the Governor General's Medals in Architecture 2012 have
distinguished themselves as Canada's visionary architects. The works
they have designed are places where communities are forged, where
memories are made and where identity is created..." This review
certainly echoes the Kitcisakik Mission whereby Emergency Architects of
Canada and the Frontiers Foundation following the lead of Guillaume
Lévesque, used their knowledge and professionalism to improve
Kitcisakik aboriginal homes located outside the reserve. Produced in
close collaboration with the Anishnabe (Algonquin) nation, the project
has and continues to develop skills, confidence and autonomy of
individuals while intervention focuses on the improvement of living
conditions, child health, overcrowding in housing, materials recovery,
self-sufficiency in wood needs, sustainable forest management and
knowledge transfer. Descriptions, images and photos of the Kitcisakik
project are available at www.raic.org.
For Emergency Architects Canada, this medal solicits a feeling of pride
and accomplishment. It also marks a renewed appreciation for the
Algonquin community of Kitcisakik and their workers. Even more, this
affirmation from the National Order foreshadows the possibility of
supporting many other Aboriginal communities in Canada who live in
conditions similar to those of the Kitcisakik.
Created by Architecture Canada, the Governor General's Medals in
Architecture contribute to the advancement of the discipline and
practice of architecture, in addition to increasing public awareness of
the crucial cultural role of architecture in Canadian society. These
awards are administered jointly by the Arts Council of Canada, which
contributes to the publication produced in honour of the winners and
administers the award process.
Emergency Architects Canada is a non-governmental organization
recognized as a charity since its founding in Quebec in October 2007.
It joins forces with the international consolidation of Emergency
Architects, which was founded in France in 2001. Chaired by architect
Yves Langevin, the founding partners are the Ordre des architectes du
Québec and the Société d'habitation du Québec. By grouping these
building professionals, Emergency Architects Canada fulfils its mission
to provide support to populations affected by natural, technological or
human crises by providing specific expertise in prevention, risk
management and management of sustainable reconstruction.
SOURCE Emergency Architects of Canada (EAC)
For further information:
Guillaume Lévesque, Architect, Kitcisakik Project Manager
Bernard McNamara, President and Founder of EAC
Emergency Architects Canada
4000, St-Ambroise st., suite 278
Montreal (Quebec) H4C 2C7
Sophie Laporte, Communications Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org