CIGI Campus wins prestigious national honour with 2014 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The CIGI Campus is now the fourth building at the corner of Erb and Caroline Streets in Waterloo, Canada, to win the prestigious Governor General’s Medals in Architecture.

Designed by KPMB Architects, the CIGI Campus is among 12 projects that received the honour in 2014. The program — run by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Canada Council for the Arts — celebrates outstanding design in recently built projects by Canadian architects. Medals are awarded based on the architectural artistic merit of a structure’s design, including elements such as conceptual clarity, detailing, sustainable design, compatibility with the site, and innovation and uniqueness.

Shirley Blumberg, lead KPMB architect for the CIGI Campus, will receive the award on May 13, 2014, at a ceremony in Ottawa.

On behalf of everyone at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, I congratulate Shirley Blumberg and her team at KPMB on this outstanding honour,” said CIGI President Rohinton Medhora. “This medal is a testament to the CIGI Campus’s exceptional design and functionality. The building is a unique and significant contribution to Waterloo, and CIGI is proud to be part of our community’s history.”

“We are honoured that the CIGI Campus has received a Governor General's Award and very pleased to contribute a fourth GG Award winning building to the intersection of Erb and Caroline Streets in UpTown Waterloo,” said Shirley Blumberg of KPMB Architects.

“The faculty, staff and students of the Balsillie School of International Affairs are privileged to work in this fabulous building. The CIGI Campus provides a striking blend of beauty and functionality. The BSIA community warmly congratulates KPMB Architects on winning this prestigious award,” said John Ravenhill, Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

The latest honour raises the CIGI Campus’s total award count to six. Other architectural honours for the CIGI Campus come from the American Institute of Architects, the Architectural Record, the Ontario Association of Architects, the Royal Institute of British Architects, and Canadian Interiors. Other recipients at the corner of Erb and Caroline Streets in Waterloo include the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (2006), Clay & Glass (1997) and the former Seagram Museum (1986).

For more information on the CIGI Campus, including its occupants and rental availability, please visit

Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7238, Email: [email protected]  

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of Research In Motion (BlackBerry), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit


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Kevin Dias is a communications specialist at CIGI, focused on the Global Security & Politics and International Law research programs.

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