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Bjarke Ingels, photo by Ulrik Jantzen
Bjarke Ingels, the leading force behind Copenhagen and NY-based firm BIG, is responsible for Vancouver House and TELUSsky in Calgary
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The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has selected two internationally renowned architects to receive its 2014 Honorary Fellowships. New Mexico-based Antoine Predock is the architect behind the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, set to open in September 2014. Bjarke Ingels, the leading force behind Copenhagen- and New York-based firm BIG is the 39-year-old responsible for two unusual skyscrapers in Western Canada – the Vancouver House in Vancouver and TELUSsky in Calgary. In 2011, the Wall Street Journal named him Innovator of the Year for architecture.

Bjarke Ingels started BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) in 2005. His projects include the National Library of Kazakhstan and the Danish pavilion at EXPO 2010 which incorporated a spiral cycle path. The 8 House in Copenhagen is a bow-tie shaped building that mixes housing and business and provides a continuous promenade and cycle path up to the 10th floor. A waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen will be wrapped in a steel hill designed for skiing. He has taught at Harvard University and spoken in venues such as TED, and the World Economic Forum. Vancouver House beside the Granville Island Bridge in Vancouver is a 52-storey cantilevered building, and TELUSsky in Calgary is a 58-storey tower with a twist.

“Canada has been incredibly hospitable to us,” said Ingels. “The social and environmental concern that seems ingrained in Canadian culture resonates well with our Scandinavian roots. “I am very honoured by this fellowship and hope it will strengthen our involvement in the exciting urban development that Canada is currently going through.”

Honorary fellowship recognizes extraordinary achievement. Predock and Ingels will be inducted into the RAIC College of Fellows during this year’s RAIC Festival of Architecture in Winnipeg, taking place from May 28-31, 2014.

“This year, the College is proud to have the opportunity of celebrating both a senior member of the profession (Predock) a younger, dynamic architect, (Ingels),” says Barry Johns, Chancellor of the College of Fellows. “Predock is known for his very sculptural work around North America, while Ingels’ innovative and sustainable design work has captured the imagination of clients and the profession everywhere.”