Radoslav Zuk
"Tradition and the Present: Ukrainian Churches in North America and Museum Projects in Ukraine."

February 6 - 26, 2004

Exhibition opening and lecture - Friday, February 6, 6-9pm

Lecture title: "Cultural Content and Context in Architecture."

St. Stephen's Byzantine Ukrainian Catholic Church in Calgary (awarded a Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Governor General's Medal for Architecture)

Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Toronto


Radoslav Zuk, FRAIC

Radoslav Zuk was born in Lubacziw. He attended high school and studied music in Austria, and graduated in architecture from McGill University in Montreal with the B. Arch. (with Honours) degree and several prizes, including the Lieutenant Governor's Bronze Medal, the Dunlop Travelling Scholarship and the highest award in Canada, the Pilkington Travelling Scholarship. After travelling in Europe and working in London and Montreal, on such projects as the new US Embassy in London and the new City Hall in Ottawa, he obtained the M. Arch. degree at MIT in Boston. In 1992 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Ukrainian Academy of Art in Kyiv.

Radoslav Zuk has taught at the University of Manitoba, the University of Toronto, and in 1979 was promoted to the rank of Professor at McGill University, where he recently received the Faculty of Engineering Ida and Samuel Fromson Award for Outstanding Teaching. He is an Honorary Professor of the Kyiv Technical University of Building and Architecture and a Professor of the Ukrainian Free University in Munich. He has been a guest lecturer and guest review critic at numerous universities, in Canada, USA and Europe, including frequent appearances at the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in Kyiv and the Technical University of Lviv.

Winner and co-winner of several competition prizes, Radoslav Zuk has designed, among other projects, nine Ukrainian churches, in association with or as consultant to a number of architectural firms, in North America, and a new church now nearing completion in Lviv. Most of these buildings have been recognized in the international architectural press, e.g., Architectural Review, Domus, Parametro, Progressive Architecture, and exhibited in North America and Europe. He has served on juries of architectural competitions, and has published articles on design theory, cultural aspects of architecture, and on the relationship between architecture and other arts.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Society for Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture, a Fellow of the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics, an Honorary Fellow of the Ukrainian Academy of Architecture, and a Member of the Shevchenko Scientific Society in Canada and of the Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Sciences in Canada. He is also a recipient of a Ukrainian Canadian Congress Centennial Medal, and a co-recipient of a Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Governor General's Medal for Architecture. Exhibition Information:

The exhibition, "Radoslav Zuk - Tradition and the Present: Ukrainian Churches in North America and Museum Projects in Ukraine," features nine Ukrainian churches which were designed by Radoslav Zuk, in association with, or as a consultant to a number of architectural firms, in Canada and the U.S.A. It consists of black and white photographs, drawings of plans and sections, and descriptions of the churches, and includes also drawings, model photographs and descriptions of his two projects for the expansion of the National Museum of Ukrainian Art in Kyiv.

This travelling exhibition was first shown in 1996 at the prestigious "Architekturgalerie" in Munich, Germany, where prior exhibitions featured the work of such notable architects as Norman Foster and Daniel Libeskind, among others. Since then the exhibition was shown at universities of Delft in the Netherlands, and Sheffield, Leicester, and Cambridge in Great Britain, and most recently, newly updated, at the Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation in Toronto.

An earlier version of the exhibition, of the churches only, was shown in Ukraine, first at the National Museum in Lviv, and then, under the auspices of the Union of Architects of Ukraine, in major cities of the country. After being featured at the National Museum of Ukrainian Art in Kyiv in 1992, it traveled to Vienna and Graz in Austria, Ankara and Istanbul in Turkey, and Florence in Italy.

Pictures from the opening reception

Mr. Hoydysh (left) and Mr. Zuk

A number of people have come for an opening of the exhibit and to listen to the lecture by Mr. Zuk