Architect and philanthropist Phyllis Lambert is to be awarded the Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Lambert, founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, will receive the accolade in recognition of her role in the advancement of contemporary architecture.
Event director Rem Koolhaas praised her as “a client and custodian” as well as an architect.
Lambert was instrumental in the construction of Mies van der Rohe’s New York Seagram Building in 1958, and has also been an author, lecturer, conservationist and critic.
Koolhaas said: “Without her participation, one of the few realisations in the 20th century of perfection on earth – the Seagram Building in New York – would not have happened..
“Her creation of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal combines rare vision with rare generosity to preserve crucial episodes of architecture’s heritage and to study them under ideal conditions. Architects make architecture; Phyllis Lambert made architects.”