*Listed alphabetically by region and last name.
Saskatchewan and Manitoba
CRAIG W. J. COWAN
Arch. Tech., BEDS. M.ARCH., SAA, MRAIC
Craig is a Principal of ADA Architecture Inc. in Saskatoon where he and his two partners lead a team of nine individuals in a full service architectural, interior design, and planning firm.
Craig has been practicing in Saskatchewan as both an architectural technologist and architect since 1998, with a focus on renovations and renewals in the educational and institutional sectors. In addition to architecture, Craig has been actively involved in the community as a Chair of the Nutrien Children’s Festival of Saskatchewan, and a board member for Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Design Council.
As a twelve-year member of the RAIC, Craig prides himself on having limitless energy for learning by being an architect with a holistic perspective. Craig believes his role as an architect is to advocate and promote architecture by producing design excellence that “feels good” with a social context.
Our membership region is small in relation to the other areas of Canada. Although we have similar challenges, we also have localized challenges that require representation on provincial and national levels. These are opportunities where Craig believes he can help be a champion for architecture in Saskatchewan and Manitoba while working with the rest of Canada.
MAA SAA AAA OAA FRAIC B.E.D. M.Arch LEED a.p.
Johanna Hurme is an architect and a co-founder of Winnipeg-based 5468796 Architecture. In the past twelve years, the firm has received numerous awards and recognition regionally, nationally, and internationally and its work has been published in over 200 books and publications. In 2012, 5468796 represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in Architecture, and in 2013 was selected as the recipient of the 2013 Prix de Rome Award in Architecture for Canada by the Canada Council for the Arts.
In addition to practice, Johanna is an activist and advocate and seeks opportunities to facilitate and lead design-related events and programs that serve to improve the public appreciation of architecture. This includes projects Table for 12 + 1200, Chair Your Idea and Design Quarter Winnipeg, which she chairs. She is also the immediate past Chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and a past Council member of the Manitoba Association of Architects. Johanna is a member of the International Council of the Van Alen Institute, has taught design at the University of Manitoba’s FAUM, the University Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture, and the University of Montreal. She lectures extensively at universities, forums, and festivals across Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia. Most recently, Johanna was named Visiting Professor-Morgenstern Chair at the College of Architecture, IIT, Chicago.
J. WILLIAM BIRDSELL
In the 21st century, architects and the RAIC, while locally based, perform on a global stage. Architecture is a critical part of our identity, culture, and heritage. As the principal advocate for architecture in Canada, it is important that the RAIC can count on strong representatives of the profession.
Bill has advocated extensively for the profession, with a clear, jargon-free voice, as a speaker and writer on a range of topics including architecture as an economic driver, and architects as progressive agents for change. His most recent writing explores architecture and authenticity. As a sole practitioner based in Guelph since 1990, Bill’s interior design projects have demonstrated how great workplaces can act as competitive tools. His work in adaptive re-use has created landmark buildings in Brampton and Guelph.
Throughout his career, Bill has been active on OAA Council, mentored young architects, and participated in many professional awards juries. He was chair of the Grand Valley Society of Architects, President of the OAA in 2013-14, and is past chair of the Pro-Demnity Insurance Board.
Bill is looking forward to the RAIC Board where he can represent the diversity of architects, faculty, graduates, and students while making positive impact on Canada’s future.
B. Arch., OAA, AIBC, FRAIC, LEED AP BD+C
I completed my architectural studies at the University of Toronto more than 30 years ago during a period of infamous collective academic angst. The experience was invaluable as it fostered a resilience for our professional stresses. This history has proven dynamically useful managing our active mid-sized Toronto 50-person firm. The gritty academic and professional experience, combined with my soulful years growing up in South Vancouver on the shores of the Salish Sea instills a sense of tensile balance in my life. Perhaps a uniquely pan-Canadian balance. I strive to express this for all relationships with our primarily publicly funded clients.
As Canadians, we share a quiet global responsibility for sensitive stewardship of democracy and justice. As architects in Canada, we are enlisted with an enhanced obligation towards this stewardship, including the global impact of our built environmental decisions. I am very interested in the elemental focus of our profession as it reflects purpose through the expression of community. All responses radiate from this core which guides us towards successfully achieving and maintaining social and environmental sustainability. We are at a critical standpoint for enhanced action and I would like to join the effort to engage the RAIC towards meaningful public agency.
Director, HONS. VIS. ARTS., B.ARCH., OAA, FRAIC, CAHP, AIA
Before moving to Hamilton in 2007, I worked at design firms in Toronto and Austria, joining mcCallumSather in 2011. I’ve been instrumental in advancing and raising the profile of architecture, sustainability and heritage design to the broader public, leading award-winning designs, speaking at conferences and being an active participant in the architectural community.
Through consistent lobbying efforts, I spearheaded the OAA hosting their annual convention in Hamilton in 2015 which showcased local talent to the architectural community across Ontario. During my tenure as the Chair of the Hamilton Burlington Society of Architects (2006-2014), I creatively connected the diverse and vibrant community, resulting in significant increases in membership and increasing corporate sponsorship.
Throughout my career I’ve challenged and mentored architects to deliver exceptional, thoughtful design, bringing energy and advocacy to my peers. I hope to bring this passion and experience to the RAIC, continuing to raise the profile of the profession, promoting heritage, the importance of sustainable design, and making architecture accessible.
Further demonstrating my support of advancing the industry and wider community, I have been responsible for local architecture initiatives including Architecture Crawl, Doors Open and Art Gallery of Hamilton Film Festival. I have been secretary to Hamilton Downtown Rotary, Membership Committee for CAHP, Hamilton Art & Archives Committee, Music & the Mind Co-chair fundraising ambassador, and Toronto Junction BIA executive.