OTTAWA, March 22, 2021–Four professionals who have significantly impacted the architectural practice around the world, have been named Honorary Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). The 2021 Honorary Fellows exemplify the tremendous impact that architects have—not only on the built environment—but public life and the world around them.
Amale Andraos is the Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Andraos is committed to design research, and her writings focus on climate change and its impact on architecture—as well as on the question of representation in the age of global practice.
Andraos is co-founder of WORKac, a New York-based firm that focuses on architectural projects that reinvent the relationship between urban and natural environments. WORKac was recently named the number one design firm in the United States by Architect Magazine and has been recognized as the AIA New York State Firm of the Year. WORKac has achieved international acclaim for projects such as the Miami Museum Garage in Miami’s Design District, The Edible Schoolyards at P.S. 216 in Brooklyn and P.S. 7 in Harlem, a public library for Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, the Stealth Building in New York and a new student center for the Rhode Island School of Design.
Andraos has taught at numerous institutions, including the Princeton University, Harvard University, and the American University in Beirut. She serves on the board of the Architectural League of New York, the AUB Faculty of Engineering and Architecture International Advisory Committee, and the New Museum’s New INC. Advisory Council, in New York. Andraos earned a Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University before receiving a Master in Architecture from Harvard GSD.
Tatiana Bilbao began her eponymous studio in 2004 with the aim of integrating social values, collaboration, and sensitive design approaches to architectural work. Prior to founding her firm, Bilbao was an Advisor in the Ministry of Development and Housing of the Government of the Federal District of Mexico City. During this period she was part of the General Development Directorate of the Advisory Council for Urban Development in the City.
The work of her office intersects with research, allowing design for diverse circumstances and in reconstruction or crisis scenarios. Bilbao holds a recurring teaching position at Yale University School of Architecture and has taught at Harvard University GSD, AA Association in London, Columbia University GSAPP, Rice University, University of Andrés Bello in Chile, and Peter Behrens School of Arts at HS Dusseldorf in Germany. Her work has been published in The New York Times, A + U, Domus, among others. Bilbao has been recognized with the Kunstpreis Berlin in 2012, was named in 2010 as an Emerging Voice by the Architecture League of New York, the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture Prize by the LOCUS Foundation in 2014, as well as the Impact Award 2017 Honorees for ArchitzierA + Awards, Tau Sigma Delta Gold Medal of 2020 and the Marcus Prize Award 2019.
At the core of her studio ́s practice is an analysis of the context surrounding projects, which scale from masterplans to affordable housing typologies. A goal of the work is to both contribute to its surroundings while remaining flexible to absorb shifting needs.
The studio’s architectural work includes: the Culiacán Botanical Garden; the Pilgrimage Route in Jalisco, an institutional building on the UDEM campus, a research center of the Sea of Cortez, and a social housing prototype displayed at the 2015 Chicago Biennial that costs under $8,000 USD. In 2019, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio was the featured architecture firm in the Architect’s Studio series of exhibitions hosted by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The studio has had work featured in the Graham Foundation, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Venice Biennale, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Museo Amparo, T-space Gallery and Centre Pompidou among others.
Mouzhan Majidi joined Zaha Hadid Architects in 2015 following a distinguished 27-year career with Foster + Partners.
Elevated by the American Institute of Architects’ to its College of Fellows in 2021, Mouzhan’s designs, leadership and passion for diversity have made a real difference in the profession. He achieved this through establishing new benchmarks in design innovation, user-experience and sustainability that enhance the quality of life for over 500 million people globally.
Through creating architecture that has won over 250 international awards and 80 design competitions, he has been recognized as an outstanding designer and architect with 35 years of pioneering research in the widest diversity of civic and commercial projects.
After joining Foster + Partners in 1987, Mouzhan rose to become Chief Executive in 2007. He led the practice during one of the most fundamental changes in its corporate structure and established a long-term strategic plan leading to remarkable international growth and the return of ownership to its staff; creating a truly global and diversified business built on a strong culture and partnership model that developed a leading reputation for its fully integrated approach.
Appointed by consecutive British Prime Ministers as a UK Business Ambassador, Mouzhan represented the UK Government and construction industry promoting design excellence and sustainability worldwide.
After joining Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) in 2015, Mouzhan continued this multidisciplinary approach, championing research in robotics, 3D-printing, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, data, and environmental analysis.
Mouzhan has worked to remove barriers that prevent everyone from realizing their ambitions in architecture, establishing programs that enable all talents to grow and progress regardless of gender, race, background or identity.
Thomas Vonier is president of the International Union of Architects (UIA), the only world organization of architects, and the immediate past president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Thomas has worked globally on the challenges of urbanization, conflict resolution, urban insecurity, and changing climate patterns.
He participated in COP 21 (Paris) and COP 22 (Marrakesh), as well as in Habitat III (Quito). Thomas makes regular appearances on built environment issues in broadcast media and at international conferences.
Based in Paris and Washington DC, he works with public and private clients to secure industrial operations and commercial facilities. He also works with companies and municipalities to improve security. A board-certified security professional, Thomas led groundbreaking research for US embassies and consulates, resulting in landmark recommendations to the US Secretary of State. He has lectured widely on architecture and was a research affiliate with the Laboratory of Architecture and Planning at MIT.
Comment from the Officers of the College of Fellows
“We are pleased to recognize the exemplary achievements of our 2021 Honorary Fellows who have demonstrated excellence in our profession and the built environment through their work, their advocacy and their commitments to the advancement of the profession.”
Quotes from the Honorary Fellows
“It is with deepest thanks that I accept my nomination to join the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. This recognition is a great honor for which I am profoundly grateful, just as I will always be grateful for the creativity and generosity of spirit I learned throughout my architectural education in Canada, which shaped my belief in architecture’s potential to address issues like climate and equity in the built environment.”
“I feel very honored and grateful for this award, thank you so much to the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada for this recognition. Architecture should benefit every single human being on this planet".
Mouzhan Majidi, FAIA RIBA ARB RIAS AHKIA
“I am deeply honoured to be awarded Honorary Fellowship to the RAIC College of Fellows. Canada’s remarkable diversity and unwavering optimism for the future is echoed in my own passion to enhance the quality of life in all our communities. We achieve this with a truly collaborative, multidisciplinary approach that enriches the built environments we create; capturing imaginations around the world in architecture that embraces new ideas and technologies to address the defining challenges of our era.”
Thomas Vonier, FAIA, UIA President
“It is wonderful to receive this honour from the RAIC— an organization I admire greatly for the activism, perseverance, and camaraderie of its members, and for its exemplary efforts to advance Canada's architecture. As president of the AIA, and now president of the UIA, I have treasured the RAIC's seriousness of purpose and its warm friendship.”
About the RAIC
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) is a not-for-profit, national organization that has represented architects and architecture for over 100 years, in existence since 1907. The RAIC is the leading voice for excellence in the built environment in Canada, demonstrating how design enhances the quality of life, while addressing important issues of society through responsible architecture. The RAIC’s mission is to promote excellence in the built environment and to advocate for responsible architecture. The organization national office is based in Ottawa with a growing federated chapter model. Current chapters and networks are based in British Columbia, Alberta and Nova Scotia.