Architect Paul Raff, winner of both the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Allied Arts Medal and an award for Innovation, defines the New Architecture as simple, costeffective and exceptionally beautiful. On June 20 in Montreal during the RAIC. Festival of Architecture, Raff will be the first architect to receive both these awards. “That Raff has won both awards, is unique to the RAIC program, but this anticipates the future direction of outstanding works of architecture,” say Kathy Velikov, Architect, Professor, and Chair of the Canadian Green Building Council’s Academic Committee.
“We’re integrating environmental performance, economy of means, and the artistry of architecture,” says Raff. “None of these concerns are new. What is new is the thinking that achieves all three at the same time: the integrity.”
Raff was chosen as the Allied Arts medal winner for outstanding creative achievement in projects that inhabit the space between art
and architecture, including his sculptural glass piece, Cascade, made
from over 400 panels of inexpensive 19mm vertically stacked glass,
as part of his multiple award-winning Cascade House, Toronto.
The honourable mention for Innovation in Architecture was awarded
for Paul Raff Studio’s Louver Façade System: an exterior shading
system made from local wood composite, designed to maximize
views while reducing energy consumption. It can be adapted to
virtually any new building.
For more information on Paul Raff Studio’s award-winning