RAIC 2021 Congress on Architecture

The RAIC Congress on Architecture  brings professionals  together  to ignite action,  strengthen connections  and  share ideas  on  a single  issue of importance to the profession.  

On  October 4, 2021 —World Architecture Day 2021 — the inaugural RAIC Congress on Architecture will address  Climate Action and Architecture in Canada.  Over the next year, the RAIC will host a series of virtual events leading into the 2021 Congress on Architecture  and the development of a  Climate Action Plan.  



In this season’s first episode, RAIC Congress on Architecture Steering Committee member Louis Conway talks with Seth Klein about mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency.  

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This season is hosted by Mona Lemoine, Chair of RAIC Committee on Regenerative Environments .
Mona Lemoine
Architect AIBC, MRAIC, LEED AP BD+C,  Regenerative Practitioner, RELi AP
Senior Sustainable Design Specialist, Perkins and Will 
Mona’s raison d'être is to have a positive impact in the world. A community leader, she helped found the first Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council, an experience that formed the basis of her continued advocacy work in sustainability and the built environment. Currently, she chairs the RAIC Committee on Regenerative Environments and is a member of the RAIC Congress Steering Committee. In her advisory role at Perkins and Will, Mona enjoys the opportunity to be a resource on a variety of projects–helping to problem solve and inspire people to incorporate sustainability values in their work. Her unique balance of both big picture systems thinking and attention to detail is invaluable in leading and managing teams through the sustainability assessment process. A lifelong learner and adventurer, Mona has lived, studied, and worked abroad in several countries including Venezuela, Japan, and Chile. Being immersed in other cultures and languages has taught her to broaden her perspective and continues to motivate her both personally and professionally.

This episode features:

Seth Klein  
Author, A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency (ECW Press, 2020) 

Seth Klein is a public policy researcher and writer based in Vancouver, BC. Between 1996 and 2018, Seth served as the founding British Columbia Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a public policy research institute committed to social, economic, and environmental justice. In 2020, Seth published “A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency.” In this book, Seth explores how we can align our politics and economy with what science says we must do to address the climate crisis. 


Louis Conway
Architect AIBC, MRAIC, PMP

Louis is an architect registered with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, a project management professional and a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Between 2014 and 2019, Louis was a member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s Post-Disaster Response Advisory Group, supported its Post-Disaster Building Assessment training for architects and engaged with external stakeholders including the province of BC. Louis is also a member of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals and has been a member of its Advisory Group on Professional Education.

In this season’s second episode RAIC Congress on Architecture Steering Committee member Bianca Dahlman talks with Dr. Harriet Harriss about the publication Architects After Architecture and the Climate Crisis curriculum at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture. 

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You can access the RAIC Podcast on Architecture on the go through your favorite podcast app.  

This episode features:
Dr. Harriet Harriss 
Dean of the Pratt Institute School of Architecture
Dr. Harriet Harriss (RIBA, ARB, Assoc. AIA, Ph.D., PFHEA, FRSA) is a qualified architect and Dean of the Pratt School of Architecture in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to this, she led the Architecture Research Programs at the Royal College of Art in London. Her teaching, research, and writing focus upon pioneering new pedagogic models for design education, and for widening participation in architecture to ensure it remains as diverse as the society it seeks to serve. Dean Harriss has won various awards including a Brookes Teaching Fellowship, a Higher Education Academy Internationalisation Award, a Churchill Fellowship, two Santander Fellowships, two Diawa awards, and a NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology and Art) Pioneer Award. Dean Harriss was awarded a Clore Fellowship for cultural leadership (2016-17) and elected to the European Association of Architectural Education Council in summer 2017. Dean Harriss' public consultancy roles include writing national construction curriculum for the UK government's Department for Education and international program validations and pedagogy design and development internationally. Across both academe and industry, Dean Harriss has spoken across a range of media channels (from the BBC to TEDx) on the wider issues facing the built environment, is a recognized advocate for design education and was nominated by Dezeen as a champion for women in architecture and design in 2019.

Bianca Dahlman
M. Arch Candidate, B.Env.D, B.A., LEED® AP BD+C

Bianca works for DFS Inc. Architecture and Design in the field of adaptive re-use and architectural conservation. She strives to preserve resources through honouring and celebrating existing structures. Her student design work at the University of Manitoba was recognized in 2019 by Corporate Knights’ Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leaders and the Canada Green Building Council’s Students Leading Sustainability Award. This work was guided by Indigenous Architect, Shawn Bailey, and Bianca’s careful application of listening and empathy. While working for Alberta Infrastructure, she promoted net zero energy and net zero carbon design and performance.


The third episode of the RAIC Podcast on Architecture will be released on June 29. Wanda Dalla Costa, director, and founder of the Indigenous Design Collaborative will be joining this season's host, Mona Lemoine, to discuss the role of Indigenous leadership and pedagogy in climate action.

The fourth and final episode of this season’s RAIC Podcast on Architecture will be released on July 22. It will feature RAIC Congress on Architecture Steering Committee member Joanne Perdue in conversation with World Green Building Council CEO, Cristina Gamboa.


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Taking Action: A Conversation on Climate Action and Architecture in Canada, is the first of a series of events leading into the 2021 Congress on Architecture— taking place on October 4, 2021—and the development of a Climate Action Plan for the RAIC. The online event brought together four presenters and introduced the 2021 Congress on Architecture topics. 

This event is now available on-demand. For more information and to register, click here.