Sudbury’s Laurentian University will confer an honorary Doctorate of Laws on Blaine Nicholls, an early proponent and influential force in the establishment of the Laurentian University School of Architecture.
Nicholls was chair of the original Northern Ontario School of Architecture community committee and then served on the School of Architecture project steering committee. A former senior partner at the Sudbury architectural firm Nicholls Yallowega Bélanger Architects/Architectes, Nicholls has retired from practice and remains an active supporter of Laurentian Architecture. His family has also made a significant donation to create scholarships for architecture students.
Nicholls will receive the honour during Laurentian’s June 5 convocation ceremonies in Sudbury.
Other honorary degree recipients include Marsha Krupp, president and CEO of Masha Krupp Translation Group Ltd.; musician Bruce Cockburn; and Michaëlle Jean, Canada’s former governor-general.