Festival 2019: THAT’S A WRAP!

More than 850 people attended the 2019 RAIC Festival of Architecture in Toronto last month.

A heartfelt thank you to all attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, donors, volunteers and RAIC staff for making the six-day event a big success!

See photos of the Festival

See photos of the College of Fellows Convocation

By the numbers:

Attendees: 823
Speakers: 65
Tradeshow exhibitors: 56
Continuing education sessions: 22
Tours: 16
Special events: 15
Plenaries: 6
Galas: 2

Special events included the RAIC International Prize Gala, College of Fellows and Syllabus Program Convocation, and POP // CAN // CRIT: Education and Emergence of Architects in Canada.

Thanks also go to all participants and donors who raised $4,080 for the RAIC Foundation at the RAIC Foundation Lunch Fundraising Lunch.

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Please take this five-minute survey to tell us about your experience at the 2019 Festival of Architecture. Your feedback improves the RAIC’s offerings and builds on the success for Conference 2020 in Edmonton, AB.

Save the date

The RAIC Festival of Architecture has been renamed. The 2020 RAIC Conference on Architecture takes place in Edmonton, AB from June 3 to 7, 2020. Registration opens January 6, 2020.

Continuing Education Certificates

All delegates will receive certificates of attendance for sessions that had continuing education points. Certificates will be delivered to mobile app users no later than November 29. Manual entry users will receive certificates no later than December 27.
Going Green

The 2019 Festival of Architecture introduced initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of the event. For the 2020 Conference in Edmonton, the RAIC will work to achieve net-zero wherever possible.

Measures at the 2019 Festival of Architecture included:

  • Elimination of water bottles in favour of jugs and filling stations;
  • Donation of leftover non-perishable food;
  • Mobile application for use on telephones, instead of a printed program;
  • Recycled tote bags from Common Thread, an organization that helps people with mental health challenges develop skills and earn income;
  • Name badges and lanyards made of environmentally friendlier materials than traditional products;
  • T-shirts sourced from a company that uses water-based inks, and sustainable screen-printing practices. The RAIC donated $5 from the sale of every t-shirt to Nellie’s, a Toronto-based community organization that provides shelter, education, and advocacy for women and children.