Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence

Research involves: Contribute to defining the attributes, parameters and criteria of recognition of architectural quality to better understand its renewal in contemporary practices in Canada.

Research relevance: Development of qualitative comparative methods and digital infrastructures to document, analyze and disseminate best practices in architecture.

The importance of architectural quality on the development of individuals and communities

Perceptions of quality evolving over time and across cultures, how do we define architectural quality today? To what extent and by what criteria do experts and users perceive the qualities of public buildings? A representative body, large enough and selected by peer juries, to answer these questions: this is the (evolving) set of winners of architectural competitions and awards in Canada from the late 1980s to today.

The work of Jean-Pierre Chupin as part of his Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence questions the ability of public buildings to meet the highest aspirations for quality. Contemporary, environmental, technological, economic, or cultural issues are addressed, in Canada and elsewhere, through the mediation devices of awards of excellence and competitions. These filters make it possible to identify exemplary realizations and to analyze them in a comparative way. In addition to expert judgments, the research aims to better understand how people and communities live and recognize architecture. By making unpublished data on building characteristics, design criteria and the appreciation of qualities available through a system of actors and users, and placing qualitative judgment at the heart of its program, the Chair intends to invite disciplines such as sociology, political science, ethics, etc., to new questions about relationships between people and built environments.


  • 2019 – 2026 – Jean-Pierre Chupin has been granted a Canada Research Chair (tier 1) in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence
  • 2018 – 2020 – Anne Cormier, Jean-Pierre Chupin et Georges Adamczyk obtiennent une subvention du programme développement Savoir du Conseil de Recherche en Sciences Humaines du Canada, pour une recherche intitulée : L’architecture scolaire en centre-ville comme espace de recherche création
  • 2018 – 2022 – Carmela Cucuzzella, Cynthia Hammond, Jean-Pierre Chupin obtiennent une subvention du programme SAVOIR du Conseil de Recherche en Sciences Humaines du Canada, pour une recherche intitulée : The Eco-Didactic Turn in Art and Design Installations for the Public Realm (1992 – 2017)
  • 2017 – 2021 – Jean-Pierre Chupin, Carmela Cucuzzella, David Theodore, Georges Adamczyk — Architectural quality for cultural institutions in Canada: shifting definitions within awards of excellence (INSIGTH research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada)
  • 2016-2020 – Le projet d’architecture comme dispositif culturel aux interfaces critiques de la création, de la qualité, de la durabilité et de l’urbanité (Subvention de fonctionnement équipe du Fonds de Recherche Québec Société Culture)
  • 2012 – Jean-Pierre Chupin obtient une subvention du Fonds des Leaders de la FCI pour l’optimisation du Catalogue des Concours Canadiens (Subvention FCI)
  • 2012 – Jean-Pierre Chupin obtient une Chaire de Recherche de l’Université de Montréal : “Chaire de Recherche sur les Concours et les pratiques contemporaines en architecture “