Omar Gandhi wins Professional Prix de Rome to advance research and architectural design for extreme climates

Moore Studio (photo: Greg Richardson Photograpghy)
Moore Studio, Hubbards, Nova Scotia (Photo : Greg Richardson Photograpghy)

Ottawa, July 16, 2014 – Omar Gandhi Architect Inc. of Halifax has won the Canada Council 2014 Prix de Rome prize. The $50,000 prize recognizes outstanding achievement in Canadian architecture and is awarded annually to a young architect or architectural firm to develop their skills and creative practice as well as work with specialists worldwide. Inspired by the maritime climate, Omar Gandhi’s winning project will explore how buildings respond to extreme weather and he hopes to develop progressive design strategies for regions of high precipitation.

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  • “We are honoured by the support of our peers and grateful to the Canada Council for this contribution. With the Prix de Rome as our foundation, we can evolve our methodology and integrate a culture of research and experimentation into our practice to create architecture that responds to, and engages within its environment.”

                   —Omar Gandhi

About the project, the prize and Omar Gandhi

  • The Prix de Rome funds will enable Gandhi to travel, consult with, and learn from specialists in Colombia, England, Scotland and the U.S.
  • His areas of study will be in 3D modelling, innovative manufacturing techniques, biomimicry (nature-inspired innovation), rainwater recovery and sustainable strategies using both traditional and contemporary architecture practices.
  • Formed in 2010, Omar Gandhi Architect is a studio specializing in custom modern design, and has already won significant acclaim including two Lieutenant Governor Awards in Architecture, and been named in Wallpaper* Magazine’s 2014 top 20 young architectural practices worldwide.
  • Previously, Gandhi worked for Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects and Young + Wright Architects in Toronto and MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects in Halifax.
  • He has bachelors’ degrees in Architectural Studies from the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University, a masters’ degree from Dalhousie and is currently a sessional instructor at the School of Architecture and Planning at Dalhousie.
  • Born and raised in Brampton, Ontario, Gandhi now lives and works in Halifax.
  • Learn more about the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture

About the Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national arts funder. Its grants and payments to artists and arts organizations benefit Canadians by ensuring a vibrant arts sector in Canada. Its awards celebrate creativity by recognizing exceptional Canadians in the arts, humanities and sciences. The Canada Council Art Bank is a national collection of over 17,000 Canadian contemporary artworks – all accessible to the public through rental, loan and outreach programs. The Canadian Commission for UNESCO operates within the Canada Council.


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