Learn, connect and celebrate at the 2017 Festival of Architecture

Register now for the RAIC/OAA Festival of Architecture, taking place May 24-27 in Ottawa. Sessions and hotels are filling up fast, so complete your registration today to make sure you don’t miss out on everything Ottawa has to offer during Canada’s big year.

Pick the package that’s right for you.  Attend the festival as a full delegate with access to sessions, tours, plenaries and social events or simply pick and choose continuing education sessions with a one-day pass. Special rates for student/interns. Bring a guest and register for the companion package. 




Don’t miss these continuing education sessions and your opportunity for new knowledge and best practice insights!

Healthcare Design for First Nations and Inuit: Bridging the Gap between Traditional Values and Modern Wellness Strategies

This presentation shares how the medical and design communities are responding to reducing health inequities among Canada’s Indigenous population by creating an inclusive and respectful built framework for healthcare delivery.

European HVAC strategies and Their Synergies with Good Design

Learn about the application of European-based building systems that maximize indoor environmental quality in the North American context by outlining the technologies and demonstrating by example how they have been creatively applied within the context of modern design.




Tours are booking fast!

Salus Clementine, Passive House

Tour two current projects by CSV Architects in Ottawa designed to the Passive House standard. An overview of the standard will give you insights on construction techniques used as well as some of the key features of a Passive House building. 



Get your ticket for the Indigenous Architecture and Design Symposium

The RAIC’s first ever International Indigenous Architecture and Design Symposium takes place in Ottawa on Saturday, May 27, 2017.

The symposium promises to be an exceptional occasion with an estimated 120 delegates, including international and Canadian Indigenous architects, allied design and building professionals, students, and interns. Representatives of business, media, academia and government will also gather at the Wabano Centre.  Designed by Indigenous architect Douglas Cardinal, the building is a beautiful and culturally expressive place to experience this ground-breaking event.




Know your Keynotes

The 2017 festival of architecture boasts some impressive special guests and speakers.

Daniel Libeskind, an international figure in architecture and urban design, is the keynote speaker for the Foundation Lunch.

Edward Mazria, internationally recognized architect, author, researcher, and educator, as well as founder of Architecture 2030, will give an address at the plenary session.

Jeanne Gang is founding principal of Studio Gang and a 2017 Honourary Fellow of the RAIC. She will be giving the keynote address at the Fellows Convocation Ceremony.





Meet and Greet for Emerging Practitioners

Check out this exclusive event for architecture students, graduates, interns and newly licensed/registered architects! This casual social event will be a great opportunity for fun and relaxed networking.  Location details are coming soon.

The event is free and does not require registration. You can also check out the Facebook event.





Purchase your ticket for the celebratory highlight of the conference!

The Presidents’ Reception and Celebration of Excellence Awards Dinner, starting at 6:00 p.m. on May 26, honours and recognizes those individuals and teams whose dedication to architecture has led to exceptional achievements in design excellence, sustainability, innovation and more. Come, enjoy and be inspired!







Announcing the 2017 Urban Marker

A project called Analogous Space by a team of intern architects from Ontario has been named as the winner of the 2017 Urban Marker competition, presented by the RAIC Emerging Practitioners and sponsored by Stantec.



Delegates, please submit your dietary restrictions

In order to best serve you during the festival, we ask that you please log in to your registration account and select any dietary restrictions you may have.




What to do in Ottawa

Ottawa has a wealth of attractions that will enliven your visit. Explore the city's historic landmarks from the iconic Parliament Buildings to the Rideau Canal all located within the downtown core; discover the collections and architecture of national museums and galleries, and enjoy Ottawa’s natural beauty. Join in the celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary of confederation at the Festival of Architecture!



Where to stay

Sessions will take place at The Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel by Drive. Novotel Ottawa is a four-star hotel located in the center of Ottawa, a short walk from Parliament and across the street from the Rideau Shopping Centre.



Deadlines approaching for RAIC Foundation bursaries

Last chance to submit for the College of Fellows Centennial Fund before April 27, and the Kiyoshi Matsuzaki Scholarship before May 4!



ORSA to host local social

The Ottawa Regional Society of Architects is inviting all conference attendees and guests to gather on May 25 at Zibi’s La Shoppe; an historic former industrial space. The social will feature performances by local musicians, drinks and hors d’oeuvres by local restaurants, and a cash bar. Shuttle buses will operate between the venue and the conference hotel throughout the evening.



Join the conversation on social media

All the latest news and updates will be posted on social media during the festival. Be sure to follow the RAIC and OAA and don’t miss a thing! Use and follow #archfest17 for all the buzz.




Thanks to our sponsors

Without our sponsors and partners, we would not be able to offer this festival to our members. They support our efforts, build on our ideas and offer products that advance our industry. We thank them for their on-going support and encourage you to click on their logo to learn more about their organization, products, and services.




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