Peter Cardew has been awarded the RAIC Gold Medal for 2012.
Originally from England, Cardew moved to Vancouver in 1967, joining Rhone + Iredale. Among his designs at that firm was the Crown Life Tower, a building which has aged well and retains a remarkable originality in Vancouver's sea of glass.
In 1980 he established his own practice and has made significant contributions to Vancouver's built environment, including the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and an inspired plan for the Garden Wall House, a challenging infill project that allows the retention of an early Bob Berwick-designed home.
Past recipients of the award include Bing Thom (2011), John Patkau and Patricia Patkau (2009) and Bruce Kuwabara (2006).