CRITICAL REVIEW


Dan Hanganu was a consummate architect: designer, professor, publicist, and member of international architecture juries. He designed numerous unique architectural ensembles or complexes across the globe, took part in competitions which he won, received medals and distinctions, and delivered lectures in schools throughout the world. Moreover, Hanganu received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa, was published in reputable journals and was often invited to be part of international juries. He contributed, through his nearly 50-year activity to the reconfiguration of Montréal, which has become, not least thanks to his works, a modern and beautiful city. Throughout his career he received over 50 distinctions of excellence, including the National Order of Québec as a Grand Officer, and Governor General’s Medal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
(Gabriela Petrescu, 2017)
 


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    BIOGRAPHY


    (Iaşi, 27 January 1939 - Montréal, 5 October 2017)
     
    Academic/specialized studies
    1961 - He graduated ’’Ion Mincu” Architecture Institute (IAIM), Bucharest.
     
    Teaching (disciples and influence)
    1961-1969 - Assistant professor, ’’Ion Mincu” Architecture Institute.
    1985-2005 – Associate Professor at McGill and Université de Montréal.
     
    Public/professional activity (affiliations, administrative positions, committees)
    1961-1964 - Architect, head of project, IPROMET, Bucharest.
    1964-1967 – Architect, DSAPC, Suceava.
    1967-1970 – Architect, ISCAS, Bucharest.
    1968 – He was part of Arch. Nicolae Porumbescu’s team, designing the Cultural Centre in Suceava.
    1970-1971 – France - Paris, Canada - Toronto.
    1971 - Montréal.
     


    PROJECTS

    COMPLETED/INCOMPLETE PROJECTS

    Completed projects
    1980 – Terraced houses on the bank of the St. Lawrence river, Du Gaspé Street, Nun’s Island, Québec;
    1980 - Terraced houses, Corot Street, Nun’s Island, Québec;
    1981 – Residential tower building – ’’Le Vernissage”, Nun’s Island, Québec;
    1982 - Terraced houses, Berlioz Street, Nun’s Island, Québec;
    1984 – Row houses in Ponc Quesnel, Montréal;
    1985 – Residential ensemble, Mont-Tremblant, Québec;
    1986 – Holiday apartments in Saint-Adolphe d’Howard, Québec;
    1986 – Apartments for seniors - ’’Cremazie”, Montréal;
    1987 - Multifunctional complex and apartments – ’’Galleria Dorchester”, centre, Montréal;
    1988 - Residential tower building - Val de l’Anse, Nun’s Island, Québec;
    1988 – High-end apartments - Avenue du Musée in Montréal;
    1988 – Residential units, Quai des Joncs, in Laval, Québec;
    1989 - Multifunctional complex, FIC-1800, Montréal;
    1989-1994 - Abbey Church, St. Benoît-du-Lac, Québec;
    1990 – Social housing, Westhill-Benny, Montréal;
    1990 - Multifunctional complex, Chaussegros-de-Léry, Montréal;
    1990-1992 - Pointe-a-Calliere Museum of Archaeology, Montreal, Québec;
    1991 - Social housing, Rachel, Montréal;
    1992 - Social housing, Sackville, Montréal;
    1994-1997 - Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Montréal, Québec;
    1994-1997 - Cirque du Soleil, Montréal, Quebec;
    1996 – HEC Montreal School of Higher Commercial Studies;
    2000 - Archives Headquarters in Montréal;
    2000-2004 - Godin Hotel, Montréal, Québec;
    2003 - Canadian Police Information Center in Ottawa, Ontario;
    2003-2006 - Espace 400e Museum, Québec City;
    2004-2007 - LeBreton Flats Housing, Phase I and II, Ottawa, Ontario;
    2005 - Multifunctional complex, ’’Sussex MacKenzie”, Ottawa, Ontario;
    2005 – Performance hall in Rimouski, Québec;
    2005 - Performance hall in St. Hyacinthe, Québec;
    2006 - Residential tower building, ’’Sax”, Nun’s Island, Québec;
    2007 – Residential ensemble, ’’Le Breton”, Ottawa, Ontario.
     
    Competitions. Awards and distinctions
    1967 1st Prize for ’’Steelworks Square’’ in Galaţi”.
    1967 - 1st Prize for ’’Gura Motrului Inn”.
    1968 - 1st Prize for ’’ Midia tourist resort”.
    1968 – 2nd Prize for the centre of Titan district, Bucharest
    1981, 1984, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2005 – Order of Architects in Québec.
    1985 – Royal Academy of Arts.
    After 1990 – he was repeatedly invited in Romania, as a member of the juries of various competitions.
    1994, 1999, 2002, 2008 – Distinction from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
    1992, 2005 - Distinction from the government of Québec.
    1998 – Man of the year, Montréal Chamber of Commerce.
    2003 – Title of ’’Doctor Honoris Causa” for architecture, University of Architecture in Bucharest.
    2003 – the Romanian Academy awarded him the title of honorary member.
    2004 - Title of ’’Doctor Honoris Causa” for architecture, Laval University in Québec.
    2009 - Opera Omnia Prize, awarded for his entire career, during the Annual of Architecture, Bucharest.
     


    BIBLIOGRAPHY


    Primary sources
    MAHU, Adrian, Arhitecţii şi Exilul, Editura Magic Print, Oneşti, 2011.
    TEODORESCU, Sidonia, NICULAE, Raluca, PETRESCU, Gabriela, ŢELEA, Vasile, BÎRSAN, Andrei, Dicţionar al arhitecturii româneşti moderne (sec. XIX, XX, XXI). Literele D-H – online edition, pdf, 2014, project financed by the Union of Romanian Architects through the Architects (2014) Stamp Fund (2014); Bucharest, 2014
     (https://issuu.com/dictionaruar), ISBN: 978-973
     
    Secondary sources
    Arhitectura magazine, 1960-1989.
     
    Webography
    https://paginiromanesti.ca/2017/10/15/interviu-dan-hanganu-povestea-unei-cariere-trei-dorlari-ora-arhitectul-care-marcat-montrealul/ accessed on 15 October 2017