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Vernissage - Director’s Project / Murray and Murray Prize 2018

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“In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between them, there are doors.” 
--William Blake

The Carleton University Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism will be presenting selected student works from this year’s Director’s Project, also known as the Murray and Murray Competition, at 7 Clarence.

2018 is the Carleton University Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism's 50th anniversary and the annual Director’s Project / Murray and Murray Competition looks ahead to the next 50 years, at architecture’s expanding role in an ever-more complex and interconnected world, through the element (literal or metaphorical) of the door.

Here are some of the questions posed to inspire the students’ response: Is a door merely a break in a wall, an absence? Is it the presence of opportunity? An instrument of isolation? A threshold to new territory? An invitation or a prohibition? A way in or a way out? A guardian of privacy or a portal to shared experience? Is it enigmatic? Frustrating? Seductive? Promising? Seductive?

Students chose for their drawing a year between 2019 and 2068, and one of the following eight themes—Doors facing NORTH. Doors facing SOUTH. Doors to REFUGE. LABELED doors. LOCKED Doors.Doors of (IM)MIGRATION. EXIT Doors. Doors between US and THEM. Students also wrote a haiku to accompany the drawing.

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OAW Opening Night Party + Vernissage

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Come join the celebration and opening night of Ottawa Architecture Week 2018 on Monday, Sept. 10 at the Sussex Contemporary Gallery at 7:00 p.m.! 

The evening will feature a vernissage by local artist and photographer Daniel F. Effah. Effah's work will explore OAW 2018's theme on affordable housing through a series of photographs centring on the lives of the people in some of Ottawa's most controversial and praised examples of affordable housing.

Additionally, the evening will also feature a short presentation by the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Housing Affordability Working Group. The group brings together architects to explore how regulatory fixes can help address the issue of housing affordability.  

This event is free and open to all. There will also be a cash bar on site.  

A portion of proceeds from the evening’s events will be donated to Operation Come Home’s HousingWorks program.

HousingWorks is a supported housing program for at-risk and/or homeless youth aged 16-29. Each participant program is paired with a housing worker for up to one year to help them find and maintain safe and affordable housing. HousingWorks debuted in 2015, and now assists up to 15 youth per year on an ongoing basis.

Operation Come Home is an employment, education, and support centre for homeless and at-risk youth aged 16 and up. Learn more about the organization on their website.

About the Artist

Daniel F. Effah is a Ghanaian visual artist and photographer currently residing in Ottawa, Canada. Inspired by the works of both past and contemporary masters, his work amalgamates both his Ghanaian culture with the contemporary, to render stylized images that evoke the duality of the past and present.

He pays particular attention to portraiture, capturing the emotions of his subjects. He experiments with various styles with artistic mediums with hopes to create conversations about the African Diaspora. View more of his work at

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