Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture
The Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture is awarded annually to either a young practitioner of architecture or an architectural firm that has completed its first built works and has demonstrated exceptional artistic potential.
The prize encourages the development of artistic excellence in contemporary architectural practice by supporting the prize recipients to travel around the world to develop their skills, and their creative practice, and to strengthen their position in an international architectural milieu.
The prize recipient defines the program of work and related travels that will best support the development and recognition of the architectural practice. The recipient can choose to make multiple trips to a number of destinations, spread over a two-year period. Proposed activities can include:
- visits to outstanding buildings
- participation in biennales, conferences, colloquiums, competitions and architectural workshops
- meetings with editors, critics and curators of architecture
To apply for this prize as an individual, you must be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. However, you do not need to be living in Canada to apply.
To apply as an architectural firm, your firm must be at least 75 percent Canadian-owned and have its head office and executive located in Canada.
You must also meet the Canada Council’s definition of a professional artist, defined as someone who:
- has specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
- is recognized as a professional artist by peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition)
- has a history of presenting work publicly or being published
To meet the above definition as a professional practitioner of architecture or architecture firm you must:
- have produced a professional body of work
- have maintained a professional practice for at least three years after you completed your specialized training
- specialize in architecture, landscape architecture, and (or) urban design
This Canada Council prize is accessible to Aboriginal practitioners and firms and those of diverse cultural and regional communities of Canada.
You may submit an application to the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture, the Ronald J. Thom Award, and the Assistance to Practitioners, Critics and Curators of Architecture program in the same year.
Applications to the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture will be assessed first, followed by those for the Ronald J. Thom Award, and finally the Assistance to Practitioners, Critics and Curators of Architecture. If you are successful in any of the competitions listed above, your application will be withdrawn from subsequent competitions.
All final reports due for previous Canada Council grants must be submitted before the application deadline for this prize. If you or your firm has not submitted all final reports that are due, your application will not be eligible.
Value of Prize
The prize amount is $50,000, which is intended to contribute to the costs of the proposed program of work and related travels. The funds cannot be used for activities and expenses that occur before the application deadline.
Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture (in pdf format)
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Brigitte Desrochers, Program Officer
Visual Arts Section
Canada Council for the Arts
350 Albert Street, P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa ON K1P 5V8
Telephone: 1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 5270