The Globe and Mail’s Alex Bozikovic is this year’s winner of the President’s Award for Media in Architecture.
Given by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the prize recognizes journalists who promote the understanding of architecture and the role architects play in everyday Canadian life.
In making its determination, the jury cited the quality and accessibility of Bozikovic’s journalism. “The writing is fluid and entertaining," said its members. "Every column has at its heart the complexity of architecture as a profession and a discipline. He advocates for good architecture and doesn’t shy away from controversy.”
Among several examples, they mentioned Bozikovic’s “critical but respectful” examination of the National Arts Centre’s renovation, Montreal’s CHUM – addressing specific and broader design issues of hospitals – and well as his coverage of the advent of tall wood as a construction material.
The jury also mentioned the range of topics Bozikovic tackles, from houses to public buildings to urban design. “As a writer, he pays attention to the forces that shape architecture including aesthetic and technical dimensions, and political and social contexts.”
The institute, based in Ottawa, represents around 5,000 members. Its stated core mission is to “promote excellence in the built environment and to advocate for responsible architecture.”
The Globe’s John Bentley Mays won the award posthumously in 2017.
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