Famed Toronto architect wins coveted RAIC 2017 Gold Medal

Mar 4 2017, 4:41 am

An influential Toronto urban designer has won the 2017 RAIC Gold Medal.

With this award, the architect behind the CN Tower, Ottawa’s Parliamentary Precinct, and more then 25 university campuses, Roger du Toit won the highest honour the profession of architecture in Canada can bestow.

Du Toit first established his practice in Toronto in 1975, and was a certified landscape architect and planner, and a professional architect, according to RAIC. He passed away in 2015 as a result of injuries suffered in a cycling accident. His family will be accepting the award at the RAIC/OAA Festival of Architecture taking place in Ottawa this May.

The award recognizes significant and lasting contribution to Canadian architecture.

The WaveDeck along Queens Quay/RAIC

“He was a leader and an innovator,” wrote the five-member selection jury. “He has made timeless contributions to significant parts of our urban environments across the country. He developed a unique career that transcended traditional understanding of architectural practice. His work encompassed planning, urban design, community development and architecture.”

His career spanned over 45 years, and du Toit was involved in shaping some of Toronto’s most distinct neighbourhoods including the Distillery District and Queens Quay.

Besides his Canadian contribution, du Toit also completed projects in Australia, Hong Kong, the Middle East and the United States.

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) is the leading voice for excellence in the built environment in Canada, representing 5,000 members and advocating for excellence, working to demonstrate how design enhances the quality of life and promoting responsible architecture in addressing important issues of society.

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