Canadian Architect Spotlight: Douglas Cardinal

Dec 24, 2021 | General Information, Tips

Born in 1934, Douglas Cardinal is an Indigenous Canadian architect. His work is known for its smooth and curved shapes, which were influenced by his Aboriginal heritage as well as European expressionist architecture. A few of his most famous buildings are the Canadian Museum of History in Quebec, the Telus World of Science in Edmonton, Alberta and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. Cardinal grew up near Red Deer, Alberta and has said that he has always been drawn to unconventional forms and to the natural landscape. He recalls his mother telling him at a very young age, “You’re going to be an architect.” He is the recipient of numerous awards spanning his decades-long career, the most recent being for his design of the Gordon Oaks Red Bear Student Center in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, which he received in 2016 at the age of 82.

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