Montreal, Canada, 2011-08-18 -
Conscious of the need to sustain and stimulate a group of high-calibre professionals in the area of critical discourse
and architectural writing particularly to that which relates to what is being produced in Quebec today la Maison de
l’architecture du Québec (MAQ) is determined to do its part by inviting students and young writers from all relevant
areas of specialization (journalism, communication, art history, architecture, design etc.) to participate in its annual
competition of MAQ Young Architectural Critic this fall which will be conducted under the aegis of an expert group of
A VERY SPECIAL FIRST EDITION
Become a young MAQ Architectural Critic and have your text published in the catalogue Réinventons la
ruelle ! The honour of having your work exist in posterity is not given to just any critic ! This is an opportunity offered
by the MAQ to aspiring journalists, researchers or curators who will be participating in this inaugural competition – the
MAQ Young Architectural Critic.
For this competition, a critical text of approximately 700 words is required and should relate to the urban proposals
and ideas contained in Réinventons la ruelle ! exhibition by the 23 architecture firms comprising some of the most
inspiring architects in Quebec. Submission deadline is no later than October 9, 2011.
The 2011 bilingual jury of experts is presided by Roland-Yves Carignan (Chief Information Officer, Le Devoir) and Ian
Chodikoff (Editor, Canadian Architect) and includes jury members Suzanne Paquet (Professor, Département d'histoire
de l'art et d'études cinématographiques, Université de Montréal) and David Theodore (writer, and regional
correspondent for Canadian Architect). The jury will be quided by Sophie Gironnay, Director of the MAQ – a wellknown
architecture journalist in her own right.
Two winners – one for a text in English and another for a text in French – will be selected and will see their writing
published in a prestigious catalogue as well as a specialized publication. Winners will receive a prize of $200 and will
have the chance to refine and revise their text with the help of the best professionals in the field.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE ?
Participants are requested to fill out a registration form available at the MAQ for a $10 fee.
Visit www.maisondelarchitecture.ca for hours and address. The competition is open to all students, design
professionals, interns, and freelancers studying or practicing in related fields. Entrants must be no more than 35 years
Immersing themselves in the realities of professional life, entrants should be aware of related articles on the exhibition,
study their subjects onsite and obtain necessary interviews which they themselves deem useful (with the assistance of
the MAQ, of course !).
The 600 – to 700 – word text must be submitted in Microsoft Word, and must be submitted to the MAQ BEFORE
October 9th, 6:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time). The text can be submitted by e-mail, or in a printed format that
can be dropped off at the MAQ.
Judging criteria will include :
‐ The quality and clarity of style
‐ The depth of critical judgment
- The understanding of the chosen theme and the relevancy of the thesis
Please note that the challenge of this competition is for you to be an architectural critic, and not to provide a book
review or a critique of the exhibition!
N.B.: The texts will be given to the jury under a number to preserve the impartiality of the jury who might recognize one
of their students, interns, or freelancers.