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OTTAWA, October 9, 2015–The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) is advocating for better communities during the 2015 federal election campaign with a questionnaire for Canada’s political parties and an election toolkit for architects. Four parties have responded to the RAIC’s questions about sustainability, design excellence, living conditions on First Nations reserves and Canada Post community mailboxes. The complete responses from...  >>
OTTAWA, October 6, 2015 – The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the National Trust for Canada invite submissions for the 2016 Prix du XXe siècle, an award that recognizes significant buildings of the mid-20th century. The deadline is 4:00 p.m. EST January 14, 2016. The Prix du XXe siècle pays tribute to outstanding and lasting contributions to Canadian architecture, and landmark buildings in the historical context of Canadian...  >>
From the RAIC President The International Union of Architects (UIA), representing 1.3 million architects, has announced the theme of World Architecture Day: Architecture, Building, Climate. As the world’s national governments approach COP 21, the international climate treaty negotiations taking place in Paris, France later this year, the UIA is joining with its member organizations to highlight the essential role of architecture, design and...  >>
The Royal Architectural Institute today issued the following statement regarding Maison Alcan in Montreal. The statement has been sent to Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and the Quebec Minister of Culture and Communication Hélène David. OTTAWA, September 30, 2015 – The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has become aware of a project to construct a 30-storey tower on the site of Maison Alcan which would have a major impact on the nature...  >>
The RAIC informed Public Works Government Services Canada of concerns with its request for qualifications for the Centre Block rehabilitation project on Parliament Hill. Some of the concerns raised included the over-emphasis on the technical and dollar value of experience at the expense of design, adequate weight given to architectural intervention to a heritage site, and the selection of a Canadian firm versus an international firm. PWGSC’s...  >>
The Maison de l'architecture du Québec is pleased to announce the fourth edition of the MAQ Young Critic in Architecture Competition (Concours Jeune Critique MAQ en architecture). The MAQ created this annual bilingual competition in 2011 in order to support and stimulate a new generation of high-calibre writing about architecture in Quebec. Through an exciting association with the RAIC, this year the competition has expanded to include all of...  >>
July 7, 2015 – Canada has its first successful Australian architect who has satisfied the conditions for licensure in Canada through the recently signed Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) between Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The MRA was signed in February of this year and allows for fast-track crossborder registration for senior architects between the three countries. Andrew J. D. Scott is an Australian architect practicing in New South...  >>
OTTAWA, June 26, 2015 – The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Heritage Ottawa, and architects Barry Padolsky and Shirley Blumberg today began an application in the Federal Court challenging the National Capital Commission’s decision to break ground for the Memorial to Victims of Communism. The lawsuit alleges that the National Capital Commission (NCC) violated its procedures for public consultation, and acted against the National Capital...  >>
The 2015 Festival of Architecture in Calgary, June 3-6, was a great success, with more than 600 delegates in attendance taking in the continuing education sessions, awards ceremony, and social functions. The RAIC organized and presented the festival in conjunction with the Alberta Association of Architects (AAA), and was generously sponsored by Velux Canada Inc., Rediscover Concrete, and many others. The festival’s smooth execution is also...  >>
OTTAWA, May 13, 2015 – The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) will bestow a special Lifetime Contribution Award to Sonja Bata, Hon. MRAIC, a strong advocate of design excellence and benefactor of architecture worldwide. Over the past 68 years, Mrs. Bata has furthered public awareness and appreciation of design and building excellence through the organizations she has led. She and her late husband Thomas Bata also commissioned a...  >>