Dimitri Dimakopoulos

Dimitri Dimakopoulos, architect, urban designer (b at Athens, Greece 14 Sept 1929; d at Montréal 7 Nov 1995).

Dimitri Dimakopoulos

Dimitri Dimakopoulos, architect, urban designer (b at Athens, Greece 14 Sept 1929; d at Montréal 7 Nov 1995). He came to Canada in 1948 to study architecture at McGill University, and in 1957, with Fred LEBENSOLD, became a founding member of ARCOP Associates, an acclaimed architectural firm with great influence upon contemporary Canadian design development. As a partner in Arcop, he won numerous prizes in design competitions across Canada - for the Queen Elizabeth Auditorium in Vancouver, 1955 (Massey Medal, 1958); the Laval Civic Centre, 1961; and the Fathers of Confederation Memorial Building, Charlottetown, 1962 (Massey Medal, 1967) - and was involved in the design of several building complexes such as PLACE VILLE MARIE, Montréal (with I.M. Pei); the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Montréal; PLACE DES ARTS Montréal, (Massey Medal, 1968); Government Centre, PEI, 1965; and the NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE, Ottawa (Massey Medal 1970). He was a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and an academician of the Royal Academy of Arts.

In his firm, Dimakopoulos & Associés, he designed several noted buildings (some in association with other architects), such as the UNIVERSITÉ DU QUÉBEC campus in Montréal (Prix d'exellence, 1974); the provincial courthouse in Québec City, 1981; La Laurentienne, Montréal, 1983; Dawson College, Montréal, 1983; the Place Alexis Nihon office buildings, Montréal, 1985-87; the Biotechnical Research Institute, National Research Council, Ottawa, 1987; 1000 LaGauchetière, Montréal, 1993; and other works in Greece, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Algeria and the Republic of China.