Phyllis Lambert

Phyllis Lambert, M.S. Arch., OAQ, FRAIC, is Founding Director and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montréal. The leading international research centre and museum devoted to the art of architecture, the CCA was founded by Lambert in 1979 as a new form of cultural institution to build public awareness of the role of architecture in society, to promote scholarly research in the field, and to stimulate innovation in design practice.

Lambert first made architectural history as the Director of Planning of the Seagram Building (1954-58) in New York City. She is recognized internationally both for her contribution in advancing contemporary architecture and for her concern for the social issues of urban conservation and the role of architecture in the public realm. With a commitment to intervention in the urban fabric, Lambert founded Héritage Montréal in 1975, and four years later was instrumental in establishing the Société d’Amélioration de Milton-Parc, the largest non-profit cooperative housing renovation undertaking in Canada. In 1996, Lambert formed the Fonds d’Investissement de Montréal (FIM), the only private investment fund in Canada participating in the revitalization of housing in low- and medium-income neighbourhoods. From 1984 to 2007, she served on the Board of the Vieux Port de Montréal, which is credited with the transformation of this historic area from industrial to societal use. She is currently a participant in the revival of Montréal’s downtown west quarter, through the Table de concertation du centre-ville ouest, the roundtable she initiated in 2005. Lambert’s active involvement in shaping the city also continues through the Institut de politiques alternatives de Montréal (IPAM) which she presides, an independent think tank contributing long-term viable urban planning, economic and sustainable development, and local democracy in Montréal.

Phyllis Lambert has pioneered publications on photography and architecture, landscape, gardens, and the history of Montréal, as well as leading architects. For her major contributions to scholarship and architecture, as well as a tireless commitment to civic activism, Phyllis Lambert has been recognized with numerous awards and distinctions. She holds honorary degrees from 27 universities in North America and Europe. Lambert is recipient of the Prix Gérard-Morisset; the World Monuments Fund’s Hadrian Award; the Prix d’Excellence de l’Opération patrimoine architectural of the City of Montréal and Héritage Montréal; the Preservation League of New York State’s Pillar of New York Award; the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service; and the 2008 Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award of the Canadian Urban Institute, Toronto.

Phyllis Lambert has received the highest civil honours in Canada as Companion of the Order of Canada and Grand Officier de l’Ordre National du Québec. France has appointed her Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and l’Assemblée Parlementaire de la Francophonie has named her Chevalier of the Ordre de la Pléiade. Lambert is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the American Institute of Architects, and a Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Dimitri Roussopoulos

Educated in political economy in several Montreal universities and in London’s LSE, Dimitri Roussopoulos is author and editor of over 15 books, from The Case for Participatory Democracy (1970) to The Rise of Cities (2012).

Well known as a writer, editor, publisher, public speaker and organiser, Dimitri Roussopoulos has been active in and initiator of many innovative projects in Montreal and elsewhere.

Was president of the Board of Directors of the University Settlement, which later became the Centre Multi-Ethnique on rue St. Urbain. During his two year presidency, the University Settlement established a neighbourhood credit union, the first non-profit co-operative housing on the Plateau, a neighbourhood library open to all, and the first roof-top garden in the 1960’s.

Active with the Milton-Parc Citizens Committee, from its founding in 1966 to the present. Was instrumental in the establishment of the largest non-profit co-operative housing project in Canada which flourishes to this day as part of a land trust which prevents land speculation within its six blocks area.

Was president of the Société de développement Milton-Parc, a non-profit, commercial property management company which administrates 10 commercial businesses within the Milton-Parc project in downtown Montreal.

In 1996 he founded, with other community activists in the midst of the Milton-Parc cooperative housing project in downtown Montreal, the Urban Ecology Centre of Montreal [UECM] and was its founding president until 2006. He was also the publisher of its community newspaper “Place Publique” for ten years. During its first ten years and since then, UECM has pioneer innovative projects promoting citizen participation and decision-making through borough-based participatory budgets, promoting participatory democracy in civic government, and implementing neighbourhood based sustainable development programmes. The sums of these efforts are being blended together into a Citizen Agenda.

Was co-author of the first major study on participatory democracy in Montreal, commissioned by the borough council of the Plateau Mont-Royal, which led to a number of important democratic reforms, opening up the decision-making process to citizen residents of the borough. The report “Toward Participatory Democracy” was submitted to the borough council in February 2003.

Is co-chairman of the Committee on the Participatory Budget of the Plateau Mont-Royal, which is a committee of the table de quartier, Action Solidarité Grand Plateau. The Plateau’s participatory budget took place in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Was the co-founder of the First Citizen Summit on the Future of Montreal in June 2000, and has been instrumental since with the organisation of four such citizen summits, the Fifth Summit bringing together more than 1000 citizens over a two day week-end period on June 5-7, 2009.

In the last eight years he has been the president of the Chantier sur la Démocratie de la Ville de Montréal, a taskforce of civil society members and a few civil servants, which has introduced a number of important municipal reforms including the Montreal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities, which has international recognition as a major innovation and is celebrated by UNESCO, a public policy of guidelines on public consultation in municipal bodies like the permanent commissions of city council, the citizen’s initiative, another innovative democratic tool whereby citizens can initiate public consultations on matters affecting their borough or the city as a whole and  further hopes to introduce changes in the electoral system and establish a permanent agency promoting civic engagement and more municipal democracy.

Dinu Bumbaru

A Montrealer born in Vancouver, Dinu Bumbaru graduated in architecture from the Université de Montréal and architectural conservation at University of York, England. He also studied architectural conservation at ICCROM, the International Center for the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome.

Bumbaru is Policy Director for Héritage Montréal where he has worked since 1982. This independent non-governmental organisation promotes balanced integration of conservation, planning, environmental and social considerations to achieve sustainable economic and urban development that preserves and enriches Greater Montreal’s historical, architectural, cultural and natural heritage. One of the largest organization of its kind in Canada, Héritage Montréal focuses action on education and advocacy. Dinu Bumbaru is also involved with organisations active in urban planning, built heritage and the cultural environment, as a member of the Board of Directors of Culture Montréal, a former member of the Planning Commission of Outremont, Save Montréal’s Oranges and Lemons Award jury, the Heritage Committee of the Quebec Federation of historical societies, and was a co-author of the 2000 Quebec Heritage Declaration.

In addition to his commitment to Montréal Dinu Bumbaru is engaged with the work of the International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), a world-wide organisation advising UNESCO and the World Heritage Committee. He served as a member of the International Executive Committee of ICOMOS from1993 and was elected Secretary General of the organization for 2002-2008. His main interests are public participation, heritage conservation in the modern metropolis, and improving the preparedness, prevention and response capacity for heritage sites in case of emergency situation of natural or human origin. For ICOMOS Bumbaru participated in missions to disaster areas such as Dubrovnik (Croatia) during the war, and on location after the earthquakes in Kobe (Japan),and Bam (Iran). He has also contributed to the development of relations between ICOMOS and other organisations in the fields of religious, industrial and 19th/20th Century heritage. Dinu Bumbaru, an active lecturer and teacher here and abroad, was one of the founders of Canada’s first program for graduate studies in conservation established by the Université de Montréal.