Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Emerging Architectural Practice 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 the principals of an emerging architectural practice that has consistently produced distinguished architecture. The award recognizes the achievements of the principals for the quality of their built work, service to their clients, innovations in practice and public recognition.

2. Eligibility

The following practices will be eligible to submit materials for this award:

Architectural practices that are resident in Canada or that have their principal office located in Canada, and that possess the appropriate Certificate of Practice or authorization to practice as required by the provincial licensing authorities, and that have been together as an organization for up to 15 years. This does not include the work of a successor firm.

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, along with a cheque covering the entry fee of $350.00, and a CD/DVD-ROM or USB key: 

Each submission shall include a signed declaration by the RAIC member. Refer to the attached declaration form.

For reproduction clarity, the form must be printed in black ink on one-sided 8 ½” x 11” white sheet of regular photocopy paper (portrait orientation). This same document must also be included in electronic format (PDF).

Each submission shall include the following:

  • Completed submission form with payment;
  • A report which summarizes the contributions of the principals of the practice to the field of architecture not to exceed five pages. The report should cover significant contributions related to innovation, community, sustainability and the quality of architectural services;
    • 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 firms or individuals, the roles and responsibilities of each collaborator must be clearly and fully described. Credit shall only be taken for the firms own work.
    • The Jury must also be able to interpret the quality of the materials presented based on 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; 
  • Background information which might include awards, media clippings, publications; copies of articles from journals, etc.;
  • Images of the firm’s work which include projects constructed over at least a three year period. The portfolio shall consist of not more than 40 electronic images, including floor plans, site plans and cross sections, as applicable;
  • A numerical index listing all images and providing full credit information;
  • signed declaration by the RAIC member;

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 retained by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada 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 Emerging Architectural Practice of the RAIC Awards of Excellence. The Jury shall forward its decision to the RAIC Board of Directors. The President of the RAIC shall bestow the award.

The following criteria must be used in the selection

4.1 Quality of Built Work

1. Quality in this case is defined as being reflective of the broad stream of work products of the practice and not focused in one or two selective areas.

2. In demonstrating quality, when reflective of the number of awards and publications; National awards and publications shall be given greater weight than local awards and publications.  

3. Only the work of current principals shall be judged. 

4.2 Quality of Professional Services (testimonials from clients)

4.3 Innovation in Practice

4.4 Service to the Profession (as available)

4.5 Evidence of Sustainable Design Principles

5. Number of Awards

One award medal will be conferred. At its discretion, the Jury may also elect to award an Honourable Mention or not to confer an award. All un-awarded submissions will be carried forward for a period of three (3) years. The award shall be a medal, cast with the RAIC emblem and inscribed on the reverse:

Award of Excellence – Emerging Architectural Practice

(current year)

6. Frequency

The award is to be offered every year, unless no award is conferred.

7. Public Presentation

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