Remembering architect Antoine Predock

We are saddened to share that Antoine Predock, design architect of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, has died. Predock’s masterful design was selected in one of Canada’s largest‐ever juried architectural competitions, launched in 2003 by Friends of the CMHR. His design was selected not only for its striking use of natural elements and features, but it also represented the journey of human rights.

“I think of my buildings as processional events, as choreographic events; they are an accumulation of vantage points both perceptual and experiential. I’m often asked what my favourite, my most important building is. I’m going on the record right now. This is it [the Canadian Museum for Human Rights].” – Antoine Predock

Predock has described the building as “carved into the earth and dissolving into the sky.” Known for his skill in interpreting regional identity through buildings, Predock worked to create forms that are appropriate to landscapes and to human experience. His designs show how human beings can interact spiritually with a building, technology, the natural environment and each other.

The Museum was thrilled to welcome Antoine in 2018, for what would be his last visit, for the unveiling of the new $10 bill. He’s pictured with Wanda Robson, sister of civil rights champion Viola Desmond, featured on the new bank note which also includes a picture of the Museum on the other side.

Our condolences to his wife Constance, family, friends and colleagues from around the world.