Image: Scene on the All Red Route showing a Newfoundland whaling station and split cod drying on the flakes, 1911. Private Collection. From Dustin Valen, “Climatizing Empire: Race, Landscape, and Colonial Nationalism in Newfoundland” (PhD diss., McGill University, 2019).
Phyllis Lambert Prize 2021
Congratulations to this year’s winner of the Phyllis Lambert Prize, Dustin Valen! Valen completed his PhD at McGill University in 2019 and is currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Concordia University.
Valen’s dissertation, “Climatizing Empire: Race, Landscape, and Colonial Nationalism in Newfoundland,” examines landscape in Newfoundland through intersecting histories of the built environment, colonial nationalism, and imperial ideology around the turn of the twentieth century. He gave a talk on his work as part of the Phyllis Lambert Prize Presentation held during the SSAC’s online conference on May 27, 2021.
The Phyllis Lambert Prize is a biennial award presented by the SSAC to a PhD candidate or recent graduate with the best doctoral dissertation on the subject of the built environment (architecture, architectural history, theory, criticism or conservation) in Canada.
“The candidate has taken a unique and novel approach to the term ‘built environment,’ assessing how the Newfoundland landscape was constructed conceptually and physically for the benefit of the colonial project, while simultaneously becoming a tool to propagate and reinforce dominant ideologies regarding class, race, and progress held by the British colonizers at the turn of the twentieth century.
While architectural history in the traditional sense is not the focus of this dissertation, the candidate has used architecture to prove that British colonizers attempted to transpose their cultural identity and societal values onto the landscape of Newfoundland, while buildings were used to demonstrate colonial progress. From log cabins to hotels to International Exhibition halls displaying elements of the Newfoundland landscape, buildings were clear indicators (illusionary or otherwise) of linear progress and civilization based on self-sufficiency and a romanticized version of Newfoundland’s inhabitants and environment.”
Martin Eli Weil Prizes 2019–2021
Three Martin Eli Weil Prize winners were honoured at this year’s online conference at a prize presentation held on May 31, 2021. The 2019 and 2020 winning essays were published in a recent issue of the Journal of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada on the theme of Emerging Scholars. The 2021 winning essay will appear in vol. 47, no. 1 of the JSSAC in 2022.
The Martin Eli Weil Prize is awarded annually by the SSAC for a student essay on the role played by the built environment in Canadian society.
Martin Eli Weil Prize 2019
Frédérik Guérin, “Tendances régionales dans la charpente des débuts de l’architecture résidentielle au Québec (1650–1850)”
Martin Eli Weil Prize 2020
Saadman Ahmed, “Contemporary Challenges of Islamic Identity in Canada”
Martin Eli Weil Prize 2021
Kyle Morgenweg, “Tides of Changes: A Social and Architectural History of the Swimming Pool at Château Laurier”
|Château Laurier Swimming Pool. Jeremy Kohm, 2019.||“After deliberation, the jury selected ‘Tides of Changes: A Social and Architectural History of the Swimming Pool at Château Laurier’ by Kyle Morgenweg for the originality of its interpretation. By examining the little-known functions of this flagship building in the nation’s capital—its swimming pool and spa—the author immerses the reader in a social history of swimming in North America from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century. Between tourism, technological innovation and sociability, Morgenweg explores different expressions of modernity in Canada. A robust iconographic research accompanies the presentation by the winner.”|