Board of Directors | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is made up of volunteer elected representatives from each region of the country and an Executive Committee. Members are encouraged to contact their regional representatives to become more involved in regional activities of the RAIC.

Executive Committee




John Brown, FRAIC
Term as President ends June 2022


John Brown is a registered architect in Alberta. He is the founding Principal of Housebrand, an integrated practice that incorporates architecture, construction, real estate brokerage, and interior design into a one-stop-shop for people looking for a reasonably priced, well designed, and sustainable place to live...>> Bio



Jason Robbins, MRAIC
Term as President-Elect ends June 2022


Jason Robbins is Principal Architect at JC ROBBINS ARCHITECTURE, an advocate architecture practice with a specialty in preliminary project planning. He works with organizations to define their architectural requirements through design, collaboration, and communication...>> Bio

Regional Director - Quebec
Term as Treasurer ends June 2022

Jonathan Bisson has worked in the architecture field since 1996 and, together with his partner, founded and has directed the bisson | associés since 1997. For the last 20 years, he has maintained a traditional practice and is involved in the planning, design and organization phases of award-winning projects... >> Bio


Immediate Past President
Michael Cox, PP/FRAIC
Term as Immediate Past President ends June 2022
Michael Cox has been the principal of Michael J. Cox, Architect in Brandon, Manitoba since 1979. A literal one-person practice for this entire period, the firm has engaged in a wide variety of work, ranging from small-scale residential renovations to significant commercial projects...>> Bio

Regional Directors


British Columbia / Yukon
Term as Regional Director ends June 2022

Sean Ruthen is a senior project architect at James KM Cheng Architects in Vancouver, BC. Originally from the Maritimes, Sean received his architecture degree at the University of British Columbia in 2001 and has called Metro Vancouver home for over two decades now...>>Bio



Alberta / Northwest Territories
Cynthia Dovell, FRAIC 
Term as Regional Director ends June 2024
Cynthia is the founder of AVID Architecture. She obtained her Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto and is a registered Architect in Alberta. She is honored to have served as Chair of the Alberta Chapter of the RAIC, and has had the pleasure of cocreating and teaching design studio courses at Athabasca University RAIC Centre for Architecture...>> Bio


Paul Blaser, MRAIC 
Term as Regional Director end June 2024
Born and bred on the Prairies, Paul returned to his Saskatchewan home in 2005 after 10 years of education and work across Canada and in Europe. In 2006 he took over as the managing partner of RBM Architecture.  Over the last 15 years the firm has grown from a small two-person operation into one of Saskatchewan's renowned medium sized firms with experience in Healthcare, Education, Policing, Commercial, Institutional, and Multi-Family Residential...>> Bio

Johanna Hurme, FRAIC
Term as Regional Director end June 2024
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 published in over 200 books and publications...>> Bio

Ontario Southwest
Drew Hauser, FRAIC
Term as Regional Director ends June 2024
Before moving to Hamilton in 2007, Drew Hauser worked at design firms in Toronto and Austria, joining mcCallumSather in 2011. He has been instrumental in advancing and raising the profile of architecture, sustainability and heritage design to the broader public...>> Bio




Ontario North, East and Nunavut
Emmanuelle van Rutten, FRAIC
Term as Regional Director ends June 2022
Emmanuelle van Rutten is a principal at Moriyama & Teshima Architects in Ottawa where she has worked on high-profile projects in the National Capital region, including the Canadian War Museum, the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, and the Visitor Welcome Centre Phase One on Parliament Hill in collaboration with IBI Group. Current projects include the rehabilitation of the West Memorial Building in the Parliamentary Precinct.... >> Bio


Deird Ellis  

Deirdre Ellis, MRAIC
Terms as Regional Director ends June 2024

Deirdre Ellis holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University and a Masters of Applied Sciences (Planning) from the Université de Montréal and is  both a LEED AP BD+C and a WELL AP... >>Bio



Paul Frank, PP/FRAIC 
Term as Regional Director ends June 2024
Paul graduated from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (Dalhousie University) with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree in 1983. He began working in private practice and was registered in the Nova Scotia Association of Architects in 1985. Throughout the next 30 years, he continued in private practice.  >> Bio




Director Representing Interns and Intern Architects
Jennifer Kinnunen, MRAIC 
Term as Representative of the Interns and Intern Architects ends June 2024
Jennifer is a go-getter, passionate about the built environment, politics, and public engagement. Registered as an Intern Architect with the OAA and working towards becoming a registered Architect at Smoke Architecture Inc. in Hamilton, Ontario... >> Bio





Director Representing the College of Fellows
Susan Ruptash, FRAIC
Term as Representative of the College of Fellows ends June 2023
Joining Quadrangle in 1988, Susan was appointed a principal in 1999 and served as Managing Principal from 2008 to 2017, where she was responsible for the overall management of the firm. Susan stepped back from full-time work in 2018 and continues to advise Quadrangle on strategic and business matters... >> Bio



David Fortin


Director Representing the Canadian Council of University Schools of Architecture
David Fortin, MRAIC
Concurrent with Term as CCUSA Representative

Born and raised throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan, David is a Member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (MRAIC), a LEED accredited professional, and a registered architect in the provinces of Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba. >>Bio