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Phyllis Lambert named 2014 Venice Biennale Golden Lion recipient


Phyllis Lambert, CCA Founding Director Emeritus, has been selected as recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition Fundamentals at the Venice Biennale. The Golden Lion will be officially awarded on Saturday 7th June, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the Giardini of la Biennale, during the opening and award ceremony of Fundamentals. Director of the Biennale di Venezia Rem Koolhaas said: “Phyllis Lambert has made a huge contribution to architecture. Without her participation, one of the few realizations in the 20th century of perfection on earth – the Seagram Building in New York – would not have happened. Her creation of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal combines rare vision with rare generosity to preserve crucial episodes of architecture’s heritage and to study them under ideal conditions.”

photo: Philip Johnson, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Phyllis Lambert in front of an image of the model for the Seagram building, New York, 1955. Fonds Phyllis Lambert, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal.