Martin Eli Weil Prize
The Martin Eli Weil Prize is awarded annually by the SSAC to a student who
submits an essay on the role played by the built environment in Canadian
society. The $250 prize and certificate shall be awarded to the winner at the
Society's Annual Conference, where he/she will be invited to present a paper on
his/her essay. The winning essay shall also be published by the Society in the
Journal. All part-time and full-time students registered in a program leading to a
university degree in a Canadian university are eligible; submissions from students
registered in a foreign university, but dealing with a Canadian subject, are also
The essay, in French or English, may deal with a specific building, contemporary
or historic, whether existing or at a proposal stage; a complex of attached
buildings; a specific building type (examined for its historical, functional,
structural, or aesthetic importance); cultural landscape (parks, cemeteries, farms,
etc.); the life of a person who has influenced the built environment; or a
philosophical, sociological, or historical issue related to the built environment.
Architectural projects that do not strictly comply with the above criteria shall be
rejected. Submissions must be presented in hard copy or in electronic format
(PDF), double-spaced, and contain from 3000 to 5000 words. The use of visual
material is encouraged but their printed format should not exceed 8 x 10 inches
(20x25 cm). If applicable, submissions must be accompanied by endnotes and a
bibliography, and be supported by a conceptual framework in accordance with
current standards. Essays will be evaluated according to originality and the innovative nature of the subject, as well as accuracy, relevancy of methodology,
and writing style.
Essays should be sent to the person in charge of the competition,
by April 3, 2020, on paper or in PDF.
By submitting an essay, a candidate accepts the terms of the competition. He/she
agrees to present his/her paper at the annual conference and to submit the
text to the Journal of the SSAC for publication.