Montreal architect Phyllis Lambert to receive lifetime achievement award

By John R. Kennedy
May 23, 2014, Global News

TORONTO — Montreal’s Phyllis Lambert, founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, will be honoured with a prestigious award next month in Venice.

Lambert, 87, will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale for Architecture on June 7.

CCA Founding Director Emeritus Phyllis Lambert named 2014 Venice Biennale Golden Lion recipient
CCA (@ccawire) May 20, 2014

“Phyllis Lambert has made a huge contribution to architecture,” said Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, curator of this year’s biennale, in a release.

“Without her participation, one of the few realizations in the 20th century of perfection on earth — the Seagram Building in New York — would not have happened.”

Lambert designed the Saidye Bronfman Centre in the 1960s (named for her mother) and brought famed architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to the Seagram Building project in New York and the iconic Toronto Dominion Centre in Toronto.

Lambert founded Heritage Montreal in 1975 and lead the fight against an early design for Place Montreal Trust that would have obscured the view of Mount Royal.

Last December, she stepped down as chair of the board of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, which she founded in 1979. Read more…

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