Gustavo Uriel Da Roza II

In 2003, Da Roza served as a member of the panel for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg Art Gallery
Architect Gustavo da Roza's most significant large work is the Winnipeg Art Gallery (1971) (photo by Henry Kalen).

Gustavo Uriel Da Roza II

 Gustavo Uriel Da Roza II, architect (born at Hong Kong-Macau 24 Feb 1933). Gustavo Uriel Da Roza II is of Chinese and Portuguese descent. He received his early architectural education in Hong Kong and then at the University of California, Berkeley; in 1960 he moved to Winnipeg to teach at the University of Manitoba. While Da Roza's principal commissions have been houses (his first dates to 1961, and he continued to design houses in the city until the mid 1970s), perhaps his most notable work is the Winnipeg Art Gallery (1971). As an educator, visiting critic and member of competition juries, he greatly influenced Canadian architecture. His practice contributed significantly to Winnipeg's greatest architectural influence and originality during the 1960s and '70s when Modernism was widely practised by a number of gifted practitioners in Winnipeg.

In 2003, Da Roza served as a member of the panel for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg. In 2006, as part of a larger assessment of Winnipeg's modern architecture, University of Manitoba professor Terri Fuglem discussed Da Roza's houses in detail, and characterized his architecture as blending "humour, irony, and overt references to popular culture with the more sober Modernist principles that included the influences of Le Corbusier, functionalism, Scandinavian design, and minimalism."

In 2008, Da Roza was appointed an officer of the ORDER OF CANADA. His Order of Canada citation commented on his prominent role in Winnipeg's Portuguese community and his work as a teacher and administrator, and observed that he was "one of Canada's leading architects and teachers." In 2007, Da Roza joined the North Surrey, BC, architectural firm of Pacific Rim Architecture Ltd., in which his son, Gustavo Da Roza III, is also a practising architect.

Gustavo Uriel Da Roza II continues to consult for national and international architectural projects. In 2012, he received from the BC government a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Further Reading

  • Terri Fuglem, "Manitoba Mod: The Work of Gustavo da Roza II," in Winnipeg Modern Architecture 1945-1975, ed. Sherena Keshavjee, 2006; Alison Mayes, "Garden of Stone," Winnipeg Free Press, June 11, 2009; Ioana Teodorescu, "Big Ideas, Small Houses," The Canadian Architect, May 2009.