The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - Fundamentals directed by architect Rem Koolhaas has been awarded to Canadian architect Phyllis Lambert.
The motivation for the choice underlines that Phyllis Lambert’s contribution to the world of architecture is having "created architects" through her incessant activity as a client and custodian. The motivation also refers to two key moments in Lambert’s career: her hard work in the 1950s to make sure that the Seagram Building designed by Mies van der Rohe was built in New York, and the 1979 opening of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, a museum and international research centre based on the conviction of architecture’s public role. The institution, of which Phyllis Lambert is a director emeritus, celebrates its 25th birthday in May.
The awarding of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement will take place in the Giardini della Biennale on Saturday, June 7 2014 at 11 am, during the opening ceremonies for the 14th International Architecture Exhibition.