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J.B.C. Watkins Award: Architecture

Olivier Lalancette

Olivier Lalancette

Photo: George-Étienne Adam

Current Winner

Olivier Lalancette

Olivier Lalancette holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from McGill University. After working in Montréal, he is now pursuing graduate studies in architecture at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, in Switzerland. His master’s thesis and final project examined the landscape and urban repercussions of and challenges around the development of large hydroelectric infrastructures on the territory of the Alpine regions of the Rhône watershed, in Switzerland. Interested in the changing climatic conditions and the material dynamics of the area, Olivier Lalancette is positing the notion of soil as a structuring element of these environments’ territorial development. 

What is this prize?

The J.B.C. Watkins Award: Architecture is offered to a Canadian architectural student wishing to pursue postgraduate studies outside Canada, ideally in Denmark, Norway, Sweden or Iceland.

Who created this prize?

This award is funded by a bequest from the late John B.C. Watkins.

For more information

Sarah Brown

Program Officer, Prizes


1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 6004


October 2022


Prize amount


By application

Updated guidelines will be posted 2 months prior to the deadline.
You can submit a nomination to architecture-prizes@canadacouncil.ca.

Cumulative list of winners

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