Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Architectural Firm Award — Call for Submissions

Submission Deadline: January 17, 2019

Terms of Reference

>  Purpose

>  Number of Awards

>  Eligibility

>  Frequency

>  Submission

>  Public Presentation

>  Selection Process


1. Purpose

This award is to recognize an architectural firm or practice that has consistently produced distinguished architecture. The award recognizes the achievements of the firm for its quality of architecture, its service to its clients, its innovations in practice, contributions to architectural education and to professional institutions and associations and public recognition.

2. Eligibility

The following firm or practice will be eligible to submit materials for this award:

Architectural firms or architectural practices who are resident in Canada or who have their principal office located in Canada, and who possess the appropriate Certificate of Practice or authorization to practice as required by the provincial licensing authorities, and who have been together as an organization or as successor firm for at least ten years. 

All un-awarded submissions will be carried-forward for consideration for a further period of three years.  The submitter(s) may modify/revise the submission to bring it up to date. 

3. Submission

Please note that binders, including hardcopies of project images, are no longer accepted. For each entry, a printed copy of the submission form must be included in the submission package and each of the following documents must be saved in PDF or MSWord format on a CD-ROM / USB key.

Submissions shall be accompanied by an entry fee of $350.

Each submission shall include the following:

  • Completed submission form;
  • A report which summarizes the contributions of the firm to the field of architecture not to exceed five pages. The report should cover significant contributions related to the quality of architectural services, innovation, sustainability, education and community;
  • The Firm award MUST provide a full spectrum of representation of the firm’s work and not focus on just one sector of the work, or on one partner;
  • The Jury must be given a clear ability to discern the authenticity of the work as having been prepared by the nominee firm either in whole or in part. If in part or in collaboration with other architectural firms, the roles and responsibilities of each collaborator must be clearly and fully described. Credit shall only be taken for the firm’s own work / contributions.
  • The Jury must also be able to interpret the quality of the materials presented based on the clarity of text, drawings and photographs with suitable references, notes or other forms of identification as required. Lack of clarity diminishes the Jury’s ability to fairly compare and evaluate nominees.
  • A list of architectural projects of the firm since 1990;
  • Background information which might contain awards, media clippings, publications; copies of articles from journals, etc.;
  • Images of the firm’s work which include projects constructed over at least a ten year period. The submission shall consist of not more than 40 digital images including floor plans, site plans and cross-sections, as applicable;
  • A signed declaration;
  • A numerical index listing all images and providing full credit information;

All submission materials must be included electronically in PDF format or MS Word on a CD/DVD-ROM or USB key.  (view the technical guidelines for submitting electronic material).

All winning entries will be kept by the RAIC for publication, exhibition and archival purposes. Unsuccessful entries will not be returned.

4. Selection Process

The Jury appointed by the COF National Committee to select the RAIC Gold Medalist shall also decide on the winning Architectural Firm or Practice of the RAIC Awards of Excellence.The Jury shall forward its decision to the RAIC Board of Directors regarding the winning firm(s). The President of the RAIC shall bestow the award.

The following criteria shall be used in the selection:

4.1 Quality of Built Work

Quality shall be assessed by awards and publications. National awards and publications shall be given greater weight than local awards and publications. Only the work of current principals shall be judged.

4.2 Quality of Professional Services

4.3 Innovation in Practice

4.4 Contribution to Architectural Education

4.5 Service to the Profession

4.6 Evidence of Sustainable Design Principles

4.7 Firms who demonstrate a commitment to our future architects. i.e. Mentoring, Supervising, Training Opportunities and Providing a Path to Licensure.

5. Number of Awards

One award will be conferred. At its discretion the Jury may elect not to confer an award.  The award shall be a medal, cast with the RAIC emblem and inscribed on the reverse:

Award of Excellence – Architectural Firm


6. Frequency

The award is to be offered every year.

7. Public Presentation

The presentation of the Architectural Firm or Practice of the RAIC Awards of Excellence will be made at the RAIC Festival of Architecture or other suitable event.