Overview

Introduction

The Canadian Museum of Architecture was founded by Peter Brueckner in 2015 and is incorporated as a non-profit entity with a federal charter. It has been granted Charitable Status by the Canada Revenue Agency (819385592 RR0001). At this time, it is an incipient organization that seeks to establish a museum of architecture in Toronto for the general public to enhance understanding of this discipline and its role in our society. The Canadian Museum of Architecture will foster interest in architectural issues and encourage debate about creative solutions to problems, from the local to the global.

Mission

The mission of the Canadian Museum of Architecture is to engage the public in exploring the nature, history and relevance of architecture, helping us fulfill our responsibility to teach ourselves to understand our built environment, including its relationship to the natural environment.

Objective

The Canadian Museum of Architecture will establish a facility to fulfill its mission and advance the understanding and appreciation of architecture by producing displays, presentations and architecture-themed events. The Museum will provide a forum for the exhibition and interpretation of architectural works and discussions of relevant topics. Programs will be developed to broaden understanding of the methods and processes through which our built environment is created, enjoyed and maintained.

In its initial stage, the Museum will deal primarily with western architecture but include Canadian indigenous works. It will not be a collecting institution and currently there are no plans to acquire rare artifacts or documents nor to establish archives. The principal language of the Museum will be English with a long-term plan to render it bilingual (English-French).

Architecture is associated and works in conjunction with a broad array of disciplines such as urban planning, landscape architecture, art, engineering, building technology, interior design, resource management, social science, environmental and climate studies and so on. The Museum will illustrate some of these interdependencies in its exhibits and explain the function of architecture in daily life.

Education

A specific effort will be made to serve the needs of students with the design of displays taking this objective into account. Presentations and, where appropriate, programs will be developed for educational purposes. As well, the Canadian Museum of Architecture will endeavour to communicate with Canada’s schools of architecture.