The Outsider: How Douglas Cardinal Draws Genius from Native Roots
He was a superstar of Canadian architecture in the 1980s and early 1990s, creator of the iconic, curvilinear Canadian Museum of Civilization (now called the Canadian Museum of History) and a household name. Now 80, Douglas Cardinal is still creating, though the big commissions have dried up. In The Outsider: How Douglas Cardinal Draws Genius from Native Roots, Toronto Star feature writer Joe Hall provides an in-depth look at the peaks and valleys of the architect’s career and life. And he notes that Cardinal, who has been chosen to design a native healing centre on Toronto’s West Don Lands – his very first Toronto commission – is intent on creating beauty for years to come.
Joseph Hall has worked at the Toronto Star since 1985. In that time he’s covered the medical, science and transportation beats. He’s also been a sports and feature writer. He’s won numerous national science and medical awards as well as major prizes for his news and investigative reporting. He lives in Toronto’s Beach with his wife, also a journalist, and their 11-year-old son.