MONTREAL, July 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Heritage Montreal is very pleased to
announce the presentation of the Prix Thomas-Baillairgé of the Ordre des
architectes du Québec (OAQ) to Dinu Bumbaru, policy director of Heritage
Montreal. This annual award, created in 1983 in memory of one of the most
eminent Quebec architects of the 19th century, was presented to Mr. Bumbaru in
recognition of his contribution to the conservation and improvement of
Quebec's living environment.
Mr. Bumbaru received this award during the recent annual general meeting
of the OAQ held in Quebec City on June 13th. André Bourassa, president of the
professional order, cited Mr. Bumbaru's remarkable commitment as policy
director of Heritage Montreal as well as his contribution to various
committees and organizations, including Les Amis de la Montagne, Culture
Montreal, and the Fédération des sociétés d'histoire du Québec. He also
mentioned Mr. Bumbaru's role at the international level as Secretary General
of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), a
non-governmental organization active in more than 120 countries that advises
UNESCO on issues of cultural heritage.
Robert Turgeon, president of Heritage Montreal, welcomed this
recognition, explaining that, "for twenty-five years, Dinu Bumbaru has worked
tirelessly at Heritage Montreal for the protection and enhancement of
Montreal's heritage. His accomplishments have earned him great respect from
stakeholders in the field of heritage preservation, as witnessed by this award
from the Ordre des architectes du Québec. At Heritage Montreal, we are proud
to work alongside this man, whose expertise is world renowned."
Mr. Bumbaru was also delighted by this tribute to his accomplishments:
"My entire career has been devoted to the cause of urban and architectural
heritage, which I have been promoting and defending with the same enthusiasm
for almost thirty years. I am honoured by this award, and more determined than
ever to pursue my work in the service of high-quality architecture of heritage
value, whatever its age, in Montreal, Quebec, and around the world."
A private not-for-profit organization founded in 1975, Heritage Montreal
works to promote and protect the architectural, historic, natural, and
cultural heritage of Montreal neighbourhoods and communities. At the centre of
a vast network of partnerships, Heritage Montreal works through education and
representation to promote the harmonious and effective integration of
heritage, environmental, and social elements in a model of urban development
that ensures economic viability and cultural sustainability.
For further information:
For further information: Marie Senécal-Tremblay, Executive Director,
Heritage Montreal, (514) 286-2662, extension 25,