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Grand Finalists

It is with great pleasure, PHI announces that following the public presentations of the 5 Finalists to the Jury, 2 Grand Finalists were selected to form their multidisciplinary team and advance to the final stage of the competition.

This final stage will conclude with the announcement of the Laureat on July 15, 2022.



PHI is pleased to announce that the following 5 architectural firms have been selected as Finalists by the Jury, and will proceed to Stage 2 of the Competition.

Following Stage 2, two firms will be selected as Grand Finalists to proceed to the final stage of the Competition.



PHI is very pleased to announce the Jury’s selection of 11 architectural firms from 8 countries to compete in Stage 1 of the PHI Contemporary International Architecture Competition.

The call for candidature elicited 65 entries (from 14 countries) of an extremely high calibre, as noted by the Jury. The overall level of design excellence, critical capacity and creative potential exhibited by the candidates prompted the Jury’s unanimous decision to select 11 candidates instead of 10, as initially planned.

PHI is very grateful for the interest shown in the project, and the thoughtful entries of all participants. PHI is also tremendously pleased with the Jury’s selection of architectural firms, as a portrait of the diverse means of approaching the project and of PHI’s ethos, ambitions and priorities as an institution.



PHI is pleased to announce the launch of an international architectural competition for the design of PHI Contemporary - a 6 900 m² / 74 000 ft² cultural institution in Old Montreal, dedicated to exploring the contemporary through public engagement with art and culture.

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As a future repository for PHI’s legacy, PHI Contemporary will be a new and permanent space to consolidate, extend and intersect PHI’s cultural offer, its communities, and the public life of the city.

Located in Old Montreal, and built upon a site rife with history - comprising an assemblage of four historical buildings and an adjacent vacant lot - PHI Contemporary will consolidate the public cultural offer currently housed within PHI Foundation and PHI Centre. The 6 900 m² / 74 000 ft² project will house exhibition spaces, a network of new media galleries, mediation, research and studio spaces, and an expansive public domain.

The projected construction budget is CAN$47,280,000, excluding taxes and inflation.

Architectural interests and challenges

  • The project should be conceived as an architectural whole, wherein diversity is celebrated but the design solution is clear and unified;
  • The architecture must project into the future and consider the next generation of visitors as a key user group;
  • The project should respond to the site (and its heritage buildings) through both an architectural and urban lens;
  • The heritage of the site should be understood through its legacies and potential, and the architectural proposal should respond in kind;
  • The project should celebrate the outdoors and the urban context - through daylighting, views, spaces and access points;
  • Expansive sustainability considerations should be integral to the design process (and be evident in its final form through the building’s performance, not its appearance).
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Process & Schedule

The objective of the Competition is to select the lead architect for the realization of PHI Contemporary on the basis of the quality of their design concept, design approach and multidisciplinary team.


The international architecture competition will be held in three stages, following an open call for candidature, as follows:

Call for Candidature
International call for candidature
Aug 25 - Oct 14, 2021

Stage 1: Strategic Proposals
Development of Strategic Proposals by Competitors, selected by the Jury
Nov 22, 2021 - Jan 20, 2022


Stage 2: Architectural Proposals
Development of Architectural Proposals by five (5) Finalists, selected by the Jury
Feb 14 - Apr 7, 2022

Stage 3: Completed Proposals & Multidisciplinary Team Dossiers
Development of Completed Proposals and presentation of Multidisciplinary Team dossiers by two (2) Grand Finalists, selected by the Jury
May 9 - June 16, 2022

Announcement of the Winner
July 15, 2022

Due to limitations of the COVID pandemic, all submissions will be digital, and all activities associated with the competition will be held virtually, unless otherwise noted in the Competition Documents. Should changing conditions permit any adjustment to this plan, advance notice will be provided to all architects participating at that time.

Eligibility &

The PHI Contemporary international architectural competition is remunerated and open to experienced architects internationally.



Any Architect who meets the following criteria is eligible to enter the Competition:

  • Is a member in good standing of the professional order or national association governing architectural practice in the country in which they operate;
  • Has at least 10 years experience practicing architecture;
  • Has completed a minimum of two (2) projects in the cultural sphere;
  • Has completed at least one (1) project involving the renovation or restoration of heritage buildings.

A consortium is eligible to submit if it demonstrates that it is composed of entities that have completed at least one project together prior to submission.


Participants will be remunerated for stages 1, 2 and 3 of the competition, as follows:

Call for candidature: No fees or remuneration will be issued in connection with the call for candidature stage. 

Stage 1: CAN$65,000 

Stage 2: CAN$200,000 

Stage 3: CAN$75,000 + CAN$75,000 for the multidisciplinary team’s participation in this stage


Amale Andraos PHI Contemporain Jury Square

Amale Andraos, Architect

Dean Emerita and Professor, Columbia GSAPP;
Principal WORKac

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Elizabeth Diller PHI Contemporain Jury Square

Elizabeth Diller, Architect

Professor, Princeton University SOA;
Partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

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Phoebe Greenberg PHI Contemporain Jury Squarev3

Phoebe Greenberg, Founding Director and CCO, PHI

Jacques Lachapelle PHI Contemporain Jury Square

Jacques Lachapelle, Architect

Honorary professor, Université de Montréal School of Architecture

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Ippolito Pestellini PHI Contemporain Jury Square

Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Architect, Curator

Founding partner, 2050+

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Dan Stubbergaard PHI Contemporain Jury Square

Dan Stubbergaard, Architect

Founder, COBE

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*Please note it is strictly prohibited to contact members of the Jury directly or indirectly in connection with the competition.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec.



To stay informed about about public events related to the Competition, please send an email to [email protected]

For press inquiries, please contact Myriam Achard at [email protected]