Sustainable design doesn't usually get the gold medals in architecture. Look at the Pritzkers and you have to pretty much go back to 2002. That's why it is such a pleasure to see that Peter Busby got this year's Gold Medal from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Peter has been featured on TreeHugger for his Centre for Interactive Research and Technology (Called North America's greenest building at the time), Smart Condos, and the Van Dusen Botanical Garden Centre in Vancouver. He's now managing Perkins + Will in San Francisco.
Among the jury comments:
Mr. Busby was awarded the RAIC Gold Medal for his pioneer efforts in bringing sustainable design and development to the forefront of the practice of architecture... Through his on-going efforts, the importance of a more responsible approach to building and urban development has become part of the mainstream of architectural practice and education.... His pioneering work in sustainable design and his international influence in this regard has ensured a permanent place for Mr. Busby in Canadian architectural history, for both design and innovation.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Peter in Toronto a couple of years ago in the P+W Toronto office. Congratulations to Peter Busby.