Samantha S.

Oro-Medonte, Ontario

Simcoe County Regional Fair

Canadian Architecture

My project is a story of our history displayed in the beautiful creations of our buildings. I explain how architecture isn’t just the structure you live, work, play, relax, worship and learn in. It tells stories, gives us beauty and reveals our lives in a social, political, technological, cultural and historical way. Architecture is a  great representation of who we are as a country.



What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing I learned about my topic is that Canada didn't really have its own style until the more modern age of architecture. We were highly influenced by our immigrants and surrounding areas. It wasn't until the modern age that we started getting our own look and style. Architecture reveals a reflection of who we are and where we came from.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I have learned to never take for granted what you have and respect the past. Throughout my research I've seen how much architecture has advanced and provided growth and opportunity for Canadians.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

My life is very different from the ones I studied in my project. Years ago architecture served a very functional need for Canadians. Today architecture not only meets our functional needs but it has evolved with technological advancements, artistic form, cultural and societal values. Canadians have changed architecture and architecture has allowed us to see a glimpse into the future.