Dubbeldam Architecture + Design is honoured to have been awarded the 2016 Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture from the Canada Council for the Arts
. The Prix de Rome is one of the oldest and most prestigious prizes in architecture, first established in France in 1663 and adopted in Canada in 1987, to recognize outstanding achievement in Canadian architecture. It encourages the development of artistic excellence in contemporary architectural practice by supporting prize recipients to travel the world to develop their skills and creative practice through research and study, and to strengthen their position in a global architectural context.
This award will support our research project entitled ‘The Next Green – Innovation in Sustainable Housing’, which entails travel to Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Germany to study sustainable housing precedents and research for northern climates. We will explore how architects in these countries set new standards for buildings that surpass current protocols for sustainability, while developing a unique spatial and artistic architectural language in which energy efficiency and design merge seamlessly. Our research will include study of passive houses, Net-Zero Energy homes and regenerative design (buildings that produce more energy than they consume); integrated technologies such as building-integrated photovoltaics; and new materials such as responsive or ‘intelligent’ materials – all features of tomorrow’s buildings.