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OTTAWA, July 13, 2016– The three parklets that animated downtown Nanaimo this summer may be gone, but their impact on education, public awareness of architecture and design, and community spirit carries on. Three parking spots on Commercial Street were transformed into mini-parks or “parklets” with seating and plants for public enjoyment during the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) Festival of Architecture, June 8 to 11. They were...  >>
On July 4, Jennifer Cutbill, MRAIC, Regional Director for BC/Yukon and Wayne DeAngelis, PP/FRAIC presented an Honorary Membership certificate to Adele Weder who could not be at the awards ceremony in Nanaimo in June.   >>
On June 3, following the Saskatchewan Association of Architects’ Annual General Meeting in Regina, local RAIC Fellows gathered at Golf’s Steakhouse. Twenty-eight people were in attendance, including Michael Cox, FRAIC, RAIC’s second vice-president and regional director for Saskatchewan/Manitoba.   >>
John Brown, FRAIC, Regional Director for Alberta/Northwest Territories, presented the National Urban Design Award to CEO Michael Brown of the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) for St. Patrick's Island Park, recipient of the Sustainable Development category. CMLC was not able to attend the awards 2) ceremony in Nanaimo.   >>
Hadani Ditmars is a Vancouver journalist and author of Dancing in the No Fly Zone: a Woman’s Journey Through Iraq whose feature on Arthur Erickson’s 1981 design for a project in Baghdad was published last month in the UK’s Architectural Review. Erickson, who died in 2009, was one of several international architects commissioned to build up Baghdad for the 1983 conference of non-aligned nations. However, the conference was cancelled due to the...  >>
The RAIC is pleased to announce a new addition to the staff of the National Office in Ottawa. Donald Ardiel, MRAIC, will assume the full-time position of Director of Practice Support in September, but is already taking on responsibilities on a part-time basis over the summer. Don is a licensed architect, certified project manager and educator with more than 25 years of experience in architectural practice – 18 of those as a sole practitioner....  >>
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nanaimo, June 7, 2016 – Three new parklets, designed with seating and plantings, have been installed on Commercial Street in downtown Nanaimo for public enjoyment. A parklet is an extension of the sidewalk, the size of a parking spot, that provides a place to stop, sit, and interact with others in the city. They were designed by three teams of high school students on Vancouver Island who were selected as finalists in an...  >>
Browse images of the 2016 Festival of Architecture in Nanaimo, B.C.   >>
At the most recent RAIC annual general meeting (AGM) in Nanaimo on June 8, a vote was taken on a motion to amend the bylaws governing the use of the post-nominal designation, MRAIC. The motion that the Board of Directors of the RAIC had asked members to approve would have replaced the MRAIC designation by a new RAIC designation for members licensed or registered to practice architecture. The new designation would have allowed provisions for...  >>
A spokesperson for BGIS said the company will re-issue a revised solicitation incorporating industry feedback. Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions, (BGIS), a real property service provider for the federal Department of Public Services and Procurement (PSPC), announced on June 16 that it has cancelled the Request for Standing Offer for Consulting Services on a Rotational Basis in the National Capital Region (Reference No. RFSO-3948.) Last...  >>