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.  

To download a full transcript, click here.

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

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 licensed with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, a certified 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 and supported the Post-Disaster Building Assessment training for architects and related external stakeholder engagement. Louis is also a member of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals and member of its Climate Migration and Managed Retreat Interest Group.


The second episode of the RAIC Podcast on Architecture will launch on May 20.

It will feature RAIC Congress on Architecture Steering Committee member Bianca Dahlman in conversation with Pratt Institute School of Architecture Dean Dr.Harriet Harriss.

The third episode of the RAIC Podcast on Architecture will launch on June 29.

The fourth episode of the RAIC Podcast on Architecture will launch on July 22.


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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.