Douglas Joseph Cardinal, architect (b at Red Deer, Alta 7 Mar 1934). Recognized for his commitment to excellence and his unique creative vision, Cardinal is credited with creating an indigenous style of Canadian architecture, characterized by gracious organic forms, which continually challenged the most advanced engineering standards. He was one of the first North American architects to use computers (CADD) to assist in the design process.
In 1990 Douglas Cardinal was awarded the Order of Canada, in 1992 the Canada Council Molson Prize for the Arts and in 1995 the National Aboriginal Achievement Award. In 1999 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the highest architectural honour bestowed upon an individual in Canada. By the year 2000 he had been granted 7 honorary doctorates in recognition of his significant contribution to excellence in architecture. He was awarded the Governor General's Award for Visual and Media Arts in 2001.