College of Fellows Elects Dean Yew-Thong Leong by Acclamation | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

College of Fellows Elects Dean Yew-Thong Leong by Acclamation


OTTAWA, March 26, 2024 – Yew-Thong Leong, a Toronto-based architect, and Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has been acclaimed as Dean of the RAIC College of Fellows for a three-year term beginning June 2024. Leong will succeed Thomas Emodi, FRAIC of Halifax, who served two terms starting in 2018. 

I am delighted to welcome Yew-Thong as the incoming Dean of the College of Fellows. He has given many years of volunteering to our profession and as a result has a lot of expertise to provide to the College. His contributions to both the RAIC and the architectural community have been nothing short of remarkable.” - Thomas Emodi, FRAIC 

Yew-Thong developed the national curriculum on architectural business and practice management for the RAIC Syllabus, served on the Editorial Committee of the 3rd Edition of CHOP, and presented at three RAIC Conferences from 2021-2023. He is one of six Professional Practice Advisors at the RAIC, a professor at Toronto Metropolitan University, and frequently travels across Canada to meet members and practitioners.  

Yew-Thong's personal and professional contributions have been recognized with a Global Learning Award by the Ryerson International Office, as well as two Asian Heritage Awards. Additionally, this May, he will be invested as a Chevalier of the Order of St. George. 

I am honoured to be able to serve alongside the Officers of the College, the RAIC Board and the Executive/Admin team of the RAIC.  As a unique national and international organization, the RAIC is an august institution that we are all privileged to be a part of.” - Yew-Thong Leong

About the College of Fellows  

The mission of the College of Fellows, founded in 1941, is to strengthen and reinforce efforts of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) in its endeavor to enhance and develop the profession of architecture. The College of Fellows formally recognizes members and distinguished laypersons who have made outstanding contributions to the profession. Fellowship is bestowed upon individuals through a nomination process administered by the College of Fellows and recognizes members for their contribution to research, scholarship, public service, or professional standing to the good of architecture in Canada, or elsewhere.  Fellowship is bestowed for life and is one of the highest honours the Institute can confer upon a member.  

About the RAIC  

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) is a not-for-profit, national organization dedicated to representing architects and architecture since 1907. The RAIC is the only national voice for excellence in the built environment in Canada focused on providing Canada’s architectural community with the tools, resources, and education to elevate their practice. The RAIC is committed to showcasing how design enhances quality of life, while advocating for important issues of society through responsible architecture. The RAIC’s purpose is to create a better world for all by empowering Canada’s architectural community. Through our work, the organization envisions a strong architectural community that is valued and empowered to create change. The RAIC’s 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.