Montreal architect Phyllis Lambert will be the 2016 recipient of the Wolf Prize for the Arts.
The Wolf Prizes, which are awarded in six categories – agriculture, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, physics, and the arts – are considered to be Israel’s highest international awards.
Lambert, who founded the Canadian Centre for Architecture in 1989, was cited by the award committee for championing innovation in building design and for her work in advocating for the preservation of historical buildings.
“I was so pleased to hear the news that Phyllis Lambert won this year’s Wolf Prize forthe Arts and I would like to congratulate her for this incredible achievement,” said Rafael Barak, ambassador of Israel to Canada. “This is also an important recognition for Canada and all talented Canadians who succeed internationally in the arts and sciences.”
The Wolf Prizes is presented annually by the Wolf Foundation, founded by Ricardo Wolf, a German-born inventor and former Cuban ambassador to Israel. They have a value of $100,000 per recipient.
The prizes will be presented in June at an official ceremony at the Knesset in Jerusalem by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin where all winners will be presented their awards: Trudy Frances Charlene Mackay (agriculture); Kyiacos Nicolaou and Stuart Schreiber (Chemistry); Yoseph Imry (Physics); C. Ronald Kahn and Lewis Cantley (medicine); and Phyllis Lambert (arts).