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Renowned Architectural Historian Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Frank Albo

Dr. Frank Albo (supplied photo)

The University of Winnipeg Alumni Council is pleased to announce Dr. Frank Albo as recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for the Autumn 2016 convocation ceremonies. Dr. Albo is an internationally renowned architectural historian and known locally as the inspiration behind The Hermetic Code, a bestselling book detailing the fascinating secrets and symbolism of the architecture of the Manitoba Legislative Building. Over 22,000 people have taken his tours of the building and been exposed to the numerological, masonic, and esoteric meanings behind the home of the Provincial government.

After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Winnipeg in 2002, Albo went on to further his studies at the University of Toronto, the University of Amsterdam, and the University of Cambridge, Peterhouse — where he ultimately attained his MPhil and PhD. He has taught locally at The University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba for ten years and is currently Adjunct Professor of History at UWinnipeg.

He has been published in numerous academic journals on topics as varied as French gardens, the Gothic Revival, Kabbalah, and of course the Golden Boy — and he regularly appears in media throughout North America, Europe, and Central Asia discussing architectural topics. His latest book, to be released in the coming months, lays out a foundation myth encoded into the breathtaking architecture of Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan.

Dr. Albo has also advised several prominent architectural firms and museums, including the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, as well as governmental bodies locally and in Europe.

“Dr. Albo is a widely respected historian and proud Winnipegger who has spent more than a decade educating locals and tourists alike on what may be Manitoba’s most notable building. His time at The University of Winnipeg, just down the street from the Legislative Building, surely helped to inspire his work, and he will be a wonderful addition to our exclusive list of Distinguished Alumni,” said Alumni Association President Kevin Freedman.

Dr. Albo will receive his award during The University of Winnipeg’s 2016 Autumn Convocation ceremony, which takes place on Friday, October 14th. He joins an illustrious group of UWinnipeg alumni that includes entertainer Fred Penner and former Senator JoAnne Buth.


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