Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture
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Please refer to the complete prize guidelines [PDF, 498.2 KB].
The Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture is awarded annually to either a young practitioner of architecture or an architectural firm that has completed its first built works and has demonstrated exceptional artistic potential.
The prize encourages the development of artistic excellence in contemporary architectural practice by supporting the prize recipients to travel around the world to develop their skills, and their creative practice, and to strengthen their position in the international architecture world.
Candidates are to define the program of work and related travels that will best support the development and recognition of their practice. Travel can consist of multiple trips to a number of destinations, spread over a two-year period. Proposed activities can include:
- visits to outstanding buildings
- participation in biennales, conferences, colloquiums, competitions and architectural workshops
- meetings with editors, critics and curators of architecture
If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.
The prize amount is $50,000, which is intended to contribute to the costs of the proposed program of work and related travels. The funds cannot be used for activities and expenses that occur before the application deadline.
To apply for this prize as an individual, you must be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You do not need to be living in Canada when you apply.
To apply as an architectural firm, your firm must be at least 75% Canadian-owned and have its head office and executives located in Canada.
Additionally, you must have:
have maintained a professional practice for at least three years
completed a professional body of work
been published or have presented your work in a public setting.
You may submit an application to the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture, the Ronald J. Thom Award, and the architecture program in the same year.
Applications to the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture will be assessed first, followed by those for the Ronald J. Thom Award, and finally the architecture grant program. If you are successful in any of the competitions listed above, your application will be withdrawn from subsequent competitions for the same deadline date.
Visual Arts Section
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For a complete list of past recipients, please contact Prizes Section.