Carl Blanchaer receives 2020 Arbor Award

The annual Arbor Awards are the University of Toronto's highest honours, given to alumni or friends who have performed extraordinary volunteer services at the university. The awards were established in 1989, and have since been received by about 2,400 people, out of more than 600,000 U of T alumni worldwide. WZMH is proud of our very own Carl Blanchaer for being nominated specifically for his service to the Daniels Faculty.

Carl played a pivotal role in city-building, both as Principal at WZMH Architects (a role from which he is now retired) and as a member of Toronto's Design Review Panel, which helps shape the municipal government's response to high-stakes development proposals. Carl also serves on the University of Toronto's Design Review Committee, where he has volunteered his expert judgment on countless campus design projects, including the St. George Campus Secondary Plan. On top of that, he has, on many occasions from 2016 to the present, generously volunteered his time as a guest critic during the Daniels Faculty's design reviews, making him a crucial bridge to the design professions and development community. "I feel like I've been very fortunate with the opportunities that I've had in my professional career, and volunteering at the university was an opportunity to give back to the community in a way where I could offer some experience and expertise," Blanchaer says. "I was really taken aback by the award, but obviously I was incredibly pleased. I never expected any recognition."

For more information on this honour, check out the University of Toronto's article by clicking here.

Carl Blanchaer receives 2020 Arbor Award