Celebrated Canadian architect Anne Cormier to give free lecture at UBC Robson Square

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      The UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture has announced that acclaimed architect Anne Cormier will deliver a free public lecture at UBC Robson Square (800 Robson Street) on March 26.

      Cofounder of the Montreal-based firm Atelier Big City, Cormier is the 2017 recipient of the Margolese National Design for Living Prize, a $50,000 award initiated by UBC that recognizes a Canadian who “has shown extraordinary talent and dedication to make Canada a better place to live”. The accolade is made possible by an estate gift from late Vancouver business magnate Leonard Herbert Margolese.

      At her first public speaking engagement in Vancouver, Cormier will share insights from her work and vision that earned her the prestigious prize, which has been described by Adele Weder, Canadian Architect editor and member of the 2017 Margolese Prize jury, as “one of the richest honours in the Canadian design community”. Past winners include local architects Cornelia Hanh Oberlander and the late Bing Thom.

      A leading architect in her field, Cormier serves as an associate professor at the School of Architecture at l‘Université de Montréal. She has also held roles with the World Design Summit and the Laboratoire d'étude de l'architecture potentielle. Her practice, which touts the slogan “Make architecture a public policy”, was the recipient of the 1998 Prix de Rome in architecture from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Governor General’s medal, and the grand prize in architecture from the Ordre des Architectes du Québec.

      “Design is part of what makes life vibrant,” Cormier said in a press statement. “Design is what gives a pulse to life.”

      The public lecture is free, though interested attendees are encouraged to RSVP online.

      Anne Cormier speaks at UBC Robson Square on March 26 at 6:30 p.m. See event listing for details.