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A new generation of Canadian architects

from Toronto Star

Where large, prestigious projects are concerned, the concept of going with young and untried talent has become antiquated in Canadian architecture. Richard Sommer, dean of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto, says a pervasive risk aversion has set in among institutional clients and their banking backers in this country. That attitude sends most Habitat or Science Centre-scale works to rock star architects or established, major firms. If a $100 million museum is being offered, he says, clients want firms with "10 of them" in their portfolios. more

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