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Canadian Architecture

Evolving a Cultural Identity

Awarded Honourable Mention in the Pictorial Category by the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada

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“What is Canadian architecture? The question has often been posed, with no single satisfactory response. Understandably so, as Canada is not only vast but geographically and climatically diverse across its provinces and territories. It seems appropriate, then, that the lens through which to view architecture cannot be national but, rather, regional. Similarly, the approach with which to make architecture must also be regional.”

—Leslie Jen

Book Description

Canadian Architecture: Evolving a Cultural Identity surveys the country’s most accomplished architectural firms, whose work enhances cities and landscapes across Canada’s geographically varied expanse. Author Leslie Jen explores a number of significant projects in urban and rural environments—private residences, cultural and institutional facilities, and democratic public spaces—that profoundly influence our interactions with each other and the communities in which we live. Accompanied by stunning photography, Canadian Architecture is a testament to a thriving, diverse and innovative design culture that continues to play an integral role in shaping our national identity.



“Nearly every aspect of Canadian architecture is covered, big and small, public and private, all wrapped up in an elegantly-formatted hardcover book featuring plenty of eye-catching photos.”

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Canadian Architect


  • Hardcover
  • 8.75 × 11.5 inches
  • 224 pages
  • 978-1-77327-038-8
  • $50 CAD / $45 USD
  • September 2021