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New Awards at the Prix D'excellence in Architecture

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The Ordre des architectes du Québec is issuing a call for nominations and the programme for the remittance of the 25th Prix d'excellence in architecture: this special edition will feature new awards, a new publication and several public events.  

In addition to the annual award for excellence in architecture, the honourable mention for universal accessibility, the Prix Marcel-Parizeau (projects of $150,000 and less), the people's choice award and the youth award, four new prizes will be given. The Prix Pérennité will be awarded for the architectural qualities and durability of a Quebec public building that is at least 25 years old. The Prix Action will go to an architect for initiative, exemplary commitment or a significant gesture that was accomplished in the past year and which was a benefit to the community while promoting good architectural practices. The Prix Synergie will highlight collaborators' (architects and others) exceptional contribution to the completion of the year's award-winning projects. Lastly, the Prix Intégration Art & Architecture will honour the harmonious integration of a work of art to architecture.

The finalists will be announced in January 2009 and the winners will be revealed in June 2009. A new booklet, published as a pocket guide, will entice people to discover the projects of the year and provide a list of the winning architects' favourite restaurants. To learn more about the projects and their creators, there will be a travelling exhibit called "Parcours commenté -2- d'une architecture gagnante," along with "Architecture marathons" (10-minute public presentations of the projects by their creators) and the "Architectures en lumière," a shuttle discovery tour of several places and buildings onto which a video will be projected at sunset, representing all the nominated projects with an explanation of the concept and context of each one.

The jury will be presided over by Dominique Gauzin-Müller, a French architect/journalist who now lives in Stuttgart, Germany. Members will include Manon Asselin, head architect at Atelier Tag in Montreal and professor at the school of architecture of the University of Montreal; Paul Faucher, head architect at Espace Vital architecture in Sherbrooke; Jacques White, architect and director of the school of architecture at Laval University; Dinu Bumbaru, policy director of Heritage Montreal and secretary general of the International Council on Monuments and Sites and, as public representative, Herby Moreau, host and content producer of cultural television programs. Other jury members from specific sectors include Stéphane Gendron, officer in charge of the commercial market at Hydro Québec and resource person in the integration of arts into architecture.