One of Canada’s most celebrated architects will be on hand in conjunction with the opening of the Laurentian School of Architecture in Sudbury.
Douglas Cardinal, an officer of the Order of Canada, will speak on Sept. 4 as part of a new lecture series, Visions in Canadian Design, being launched in tandem with the opening of the school. Cardinal, who is of Blackfoot and Métis heritage, is the architect of the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the National Museum of the American Indian.
Another seminal Canadian architect, Étienne Joseph Gaboury, will deliver a public lecture the following Wednesday, September 11. Gaboury is the architect of the Royal Canadian Mint, St. Boniface Cathedral and Precious Blood Church, all in Winnipeg.
The series represents a unique opportunity for people interested in architecture, design and urban planning to hear from the leading architects practising in Canada today, said Laurentian Architecture founding director, Dr. Terrance Galvin.
“We are honoured to have such leading figures as Douglas Cardinal and Étienne Gaboury here with us, to talk about their work and to help us celebrate the launch of the school,” he said in a statement. “We believe people in the Greater Sudbury community will find all the speakers thought-provoking and inspiring, as we consider the built environment and the way we live as a society.”
Future guest lecturers will include Sudbury-born Richard de la Riva, and Raymond Moriyama, designer of Sudbury’s renowned snowflake-shaped science centre, Science North. All lectures will be part of the month-long celebration of the opening of the School of Architecture.