04/28/2014 04:56 EDT | Updated 04/28/2014 05:00 EDT

B.C. Buildings Win Governor General's Medals In Architecture (PHOTOS)

Ema Peter

Three buildings in British Columbia have earned national recognition with the Governor General’s Medals in Architecture.

Awarded by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts, the medals recognize recent outstanding work by Canadian architects, and aim to increase public awareness about architecture and its role in Canadian society. Twelve buildings across the country were recognized.

The visionary Canadian architects "have designed spaces where communities are forged, memories are enshrined and identity is created in built form. Few architects are able to realize their philosophies so fully in practice and in such diversity of project type and geography," states the award website.

B.C.'s three winners are:

Check out photos of each stunning building:

Photo gallery B.C. Winners Of Governor General's Medals In Architecture 2014 See Gallery

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