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Memorable Manitobans: David Paul Penner (1958-2020)


Born at Winnipeg on 9 August 1958, he received an Environmental Studies degree from the University of Manitoba in 1979, followed by a Master of Architecture in 1985. He trained as an architect at Smith Carter Partners before founding his own architectural practice. He was involved in the creation of Storefront Manitoba which created the annual Cool Gardens at The Forks and Table for 1200. He received the 2015 Premier's Award of Excellence for the Little Red Library, 2016 Prairie Design Award of Excellence for the Mere Hotel on Waterfront Drive, and the 2018 Prairie Award of Excellence for Fountain Springs Housing on Sherbrook Street. He died suddenly at Winnipeg on 7 January 2020, leaving a wife and two children. He posthumously received a Distinguished Service Award from Heritage Winnipeg (2020).


Penner mourned as outstanding architect,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 January 2020.

Obituary, Thomson in the Park Funeral Home and Cemetery.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 January 2020.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 February 2020

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