Phyllis Lambert, architect and Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) founding director, has been awarded the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize 2016.
The $20,000 prize is given by the CCA to an urban designer of any nationality who has made a significant contribution to architecture as an art.
Canadian national Lambert “is the conscience of modern and contemporary architecture, protecting its past and advocating for its future as a vital art form,” said jury chairman Elizabeth Diller.
“Phyllis Lambert has made an enormous contribution to how we think about architecture and cities. She has raised awareness and standards of research, scholarship, heritage preservation, and design to the highest levels,” added chair of the CCA trustees Bruce Kuwabara.
Lambert’s major work has been as the founder and director of the CCA, a museum and study centre in Montreal, which houses her extensive collections of architectural drawings, books, photographs, and archival materials.