Phyllis Lambert Awarded Golden Lion at Venice Architecture Biennale

Philanthropist and founder of the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal, Phyllis Lambert has been awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Fourteenth Venice Architecture Biennale, reports Ermanno Rivetti of the Art Newspaper. “Not as an architect, but as a client and custodian, Phyllis Lambert has made a huge contribution to architecture,” said Rem Koolhaas, the curator of this year’s biennale exhibition. Lambert hired Mies van der Rohe in 1954 to design New York's Seagram building, the skyscraper that would serve as the Manhattan headquarters for her father’s distilling empire. Lambert was officially recognized during the Biennale's opening ceremony on June 7, 2014.