Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
Categories: Idea, Public Buildings, Public Space, Public Infrastructure, Cultural Center
Submission deadline: October 14, 2021, at 12:00 PM (Call for Candidature)
Language: French

    Summary: PHI is pleased to announce the launch of an international architectural competition for the design of PHI Contemporary – a cultural institution in Montreal, dedicated to exploring the contemporary through public engagement with art and culture. 


    Founded by cultural protagonist Phoebe Greenberg, PHI is an ever-evolving cultural infrastructure dedicated to supporting art and artists probing key agendas of our times, and the mutual – and radical – accessibility between them and the public.

    As a future repository for PHI’s legacy, PHI Contemporary will be a new and permanent space to consolidate, extend and intersect PHI’s cultural offer, its communities, and the public life of the city.

    Located in Old Montreal, and built upon a site rife with history – comprising an assemblage of four historical buildings and an adjacent vacant lot – PHI Contemporary will consolidate the public cultural offer currently housed within PHI Foundation and PHI Centre. The 6 900 m² / 74 000 ft² project will house exhibition spaces, a network of new media galleries, mediation, research and studio spaces, and an expansive public domain.

    The projected construction budget is CAN$47,280,000, excluding taxes and inflation.

    Competition Process & Schedule

    The international architecture competition will be held in three stages, following an open call for candidature, as follows:

    Call for Candidature
    International call for candidature
    Aug 25 – Oct 14, 2021

    Stage 1: Strategic Proposals
    Development of Strategic Proposals by ten (10) Competitors, selected by the Jury
    Nov 22, 2021 – Jan 20, 2022

    Stage 2: Architectural Proposals
    Development of Architectural Proposals by five (5) Finalists, selected by the Jury
    Feb 14 – Apr 7, 2022

    Stage 3: Completed Proposals & Multidisciplinary Team Dossiers
    Development of Completed Proposals and presentation of Multidisciplinary Team dossiers by two (2) Grand Finalists, selected by the Jury
    May 9 – Jun 16, 2022

    Announcement of the Winner
    July 15, 2022


    The objective of the Competition is to select the lead architect for the realization of PHI Contemporary on the basis of the quality of their design concept, design approach and multidisciplinary team.

    Any Architect who meets the following criteria is eligible to enter the Competition:

    • Is a member in good standing of the professional order or national association governing architectural practice in the country in which they operate;
    • Has at least 10 years experience practicing architecture;
    • Has completed a minimum of two (2) projects in the cultural sphere;
    • Has completed at least one (1) project involving the renovation or restoration of heritage buildings.

    A consortium is eligible to submit if it demonstrates that it is composed of entities that have completed at least one project together prior to submission.


    Participants will be remunerated for stages 1, 2 and 3 of the competition, as follows:

    Call for candidature: No fees or remuneration will be issued in connection with the call for candidature stage.
    Stage 1: CAN$65,000
    Stage 2: CAN$200,000
    Stage 3: CAN$75,000 + CAN$75,000 for the multidisciplinary team’s participation in this stage


    Amale Andraos, Architect 
    Principal WORKac; Dean and Professor, Columbia GSAPP

    Elizabeth Diller, Architect
    Partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

    Miles Greenberg, Artist

    Phoebe Greenberg
    Founder and CCO, PHI

    Jacques Lachapelle, Architect 
    Professor, Université de Montréal School of Architecture

    Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Architect, Curator
    Founding partner, 2050+

    Jean-Michel Othoniel, Artist

    Dan Stubbergaard, Architect
    Founder, Cobe


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