Published 2/23/17


The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) is pleased to announce that Architecture on Ice: A History of the Hockey Arena, researched and written by Howard Shubert and published by McGill-Queens University Press (2016), has been awarded the 2017 Melva J. Dwyer Award. The award was presented at the ARLIS/NA 45th annual conference held in New Orleans, February 5-9, 2017. The Melva J. Dwyer Award is given to the creators of exceptional reference or research tools relating to Canadian art and architecture and was established in recognition of the work of Melva Dwyer, former head of the Fine Arts Library, University of British Columbia. 

The jury selected this title from among twelve nominations, as it is the first monograph to trace the architectural, economic, and social history of North American skating rinks and hockey arenas from the 19th century to present day entertainment complexes. Howard Shubert examines how arena architecture shaped and popularized the sport and influenced urban, commercial, and political life across North America. In addition to being the first monograph on this typology, the book’s rigorous index, bibliography, and detailed notes (including chronology, cost of construction, and seating capacity) as key reference sources for future researchers merited the jury’s commendation. Thoroughly researched, well organized, accessible, and full of carefully cited primary source illustrations, Architecture on Ice appeals to an audience across disciplines.

The 2017 jury members represent Canadian special collections, museum, and academic libraries from across the country and both official languages: Marie-Chantal l'Écuyer-Coelho, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ); Jane Devine Mejia, Vancouver Art Gallery; and Effie Patelos, Waterloo School of Architecture. Jennifer Garland, McGill University Library is Chair of the Melva J. Dwyer Award Committee.

The jury would also like to acknowledge an honorable mention: Jean-Claude Marsan, Montréal en évolution : quatre siècles d'architecture et d'aménagement, Presses de l’Université du Québec (2016).