The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has named Peter Busby the 2014 recipient of the RAIC Gold Medal in honor of his lasting contribution to Canadian architecture.
“Mr. Busby was awarded the RAIC Gold Medal for his pioneer efforts in bringing sustainable design and development to the forefront of the practice of architecture,” the five-member jury wrote in their unanimous decision. “Through his ongoing efforts, the importance of a more responsible approach to building and urban development has become part of the mainstream of architectural practice and education.”
Busby, who opened his firm in Vancouver in 1984 and practiced there for nearly three decades, merged his operations with Perkins+Will in 2004. He currently serves as the company’s managing director in it San Francisco office.
Busby’s notable recent projects include the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre in Vancouver, which uses on-site renewable sources to achieve net-zero energy, and Victoria’s Dockside Green, a LEED platinum development comprising 1.3 million square feet of commercial, residential, live-work, and light-industrial spaces.
In addition, the RAIC has selected MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects for its 2014 Architectural Firm or Practice Award. The jury recognized the 16-person firm — founded in 1985 in Halifax, Nova Scotia — for work that “successfully expresses a strong connection with the Maritime region and its built heritage. The firm produces work that continues to influence the profession internationally, as well as in Canada.”
Teaching also is an important component of the firm. Principals Brian MacKay-Lyons and Talbot Sweetapple are instructors at Dalhousie University. From 1994 to 2011, the duo hosted the Ghost International Architectural Laboratory, an architectural education center started by MacKay-Lyons at his farm near Lunenburg.
Ghost International Architectural Lab. Photo by Lorne Bridgeman
“The challenge is to maintain a childlike curiosity while trying to run a business,” MacKay-Lyons said in a statement. “Teaching requires the architect to objectify the anecdotal experiences of practice into principles, and it is through this relationship that we maintain our creativity as a firm."
MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects and Peter Busby will receive their awards at the RAIC Festival of Architecture, taking place in Winnipeg May 28 to 31.