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Just six years after earning a degree in architecture from McGill University in 1961, Moshe Safdie made a name for himself with his award-winning Habitat ’67 project. Other projects included the Western Wall Precinct Plan and Musée de la Civilization. A recipient of the highest honors in the field of architecture, he has written extensively on the subject and taught at Harvard, Yale, McGill, and Ben Gurion.
Safdie earned the Gold Medal at the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 1995, The Canadian Architect’s Award for Excellence for his Western Wall Precinct Plan, and the Royal Architectural Massey Medal. Safdie was also a fellow at the American Institute of Architects.
“The National Gallery is set on a promontory overlooking Parliament Hill and the Ottawa River. The museum celebrates a place of art in the capital skyline and is a counterpoint to the Gothic library of Parliament and Notre Dame Basilica. With the Parliamentary library a solid, richly articulated by its flying buttresses, the Great Hall of the National Gallery is a transparent crystal, a great urban room, a winter garden transforming into a candelabra in Ottawa’s long winter nights.”