Architect Dan Hanganu, the man behind the Pointe-à-Callière Museum, the Théâtre du Nouveau-Monde, the Design Pavilion at the UQAM, among others, has been granted the 2008 Gold Medal from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).
In awarding him this prize, the Gold Medal Selection Committee noted that "Dan successfully transcends the professional and academic worlds as well as having an extensive body of internationally published articles and project reviews. He understands the impact that architecture can have on people; his work successfully balances function and feeling in a very strong 'straight-forward' way; not showy but significant and successful as highly useable environments".
Dan Hanganu graduated in Architecture from the University of Bucharest in 1961, and came to Canada in 1970. His achievements include many residential projects of various scales and complexities, office buildings, hotels and resorts, multi-use building complexes, institutional buildings and several theatres.
His major award-winning projects are the Pointe-à-Callière Museum, the Saint-Benoît-du-Lac Church, the Design Pavilion at the UQAM, the Cirque du Soleil Studio, the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), the Centre d'Archives de Montréal, the Anglicane concert hall in Lévis, the Rimouski concert hall, as well as residential projects, namely in Val de l'Anse, on de Gaspé Street, on Crémazie Blvd and on Quesnel Street.
The Gold Medal will officially be presented to him at the RAIC Festival of Architecture, held together with the Architects' Association of New Brunswick Conference, which will take place June 25-28, 2008 in Fredericton.