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OTTAWA, February 9, 2015 – A Nova Scotia architect, whose internationally acclaimed buildings are grounded in the design and construction traditions of East Coast architecture, is the 2015 recipient of the RAIC Gold Medal. Brian MacKay-Lyons, FRAIC, is a founding partner of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, based in Halifax, NS. He is also a professor at Dalhousie University and the founder of Ghost Lab, an educational program that took place...  >>
National Memorial to Victims of Communism - RAIC in the News OTTAWA, February 5, 2015 – The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) respectfully requests that the site chosen for The National Memorial to Victims of Communism be reconsidered. The proposed location, adjacent to the Supreme Court of Canada, represents Canada’s democratic values and respect for justice. We believe this land should be reserved for a building...  >>
For 43 years, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has safeguarded a medal inscribed with the name Pierre Elliott Trudeau. The medal was finally presented on January 26, 2015 to his son Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. The presentation by RAIC President Sam Oboh, FRAIC, took place in Mr. Trudeau’s office on Parliament Hill. Mr. Trudeau said he was “touched” and expressed his appreciation to the RAIC. “It is an...  >>
Photos of the 2015 President Investiture Ceremony OTTAWA, January 23, 2015 – Samuel (Sam) Óghale Oboh, FRAIC, is the 76th President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada following a formal 2015 President Investiture Ceremony this evening. About 130 Canadian and international guests attended the ceremony at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, which featured a keynote address by John Ralston Saul, Canadian author, essayist and...  >>
OTTAWA, January 14, 2015 – The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has selected a Canadian social entrepreneur and a Greek architect, both employing design for social change, to receive its 2015 Honourary Fellowships. Zita Cobb grew up on Fogo Island, a remote fishing community off the coast of Newfoundland. After a successful high-tech career, she returned and founded Shorefast Foundation. The registered charity uses architecture,...  >>
A modest village library outside of Beijing, China, designed by architect Li Xiaodong, has won the inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize. Raymond Moriyama, FRAIC, presented the $100,000 prize to Li before 350 guests at a gala and awards ceremony on October 11 at the new Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. Based in Beijing, Li also took home a crystal sculpture by Canadian designer Wei Yew. The intention of the biennial award is to celebrate a...  >>
Kudos to Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15! Canada’s exhibit at the 2014 Venice Biennale in Architecture was awarded a Special Mention by the Biennale Jury, marking the first time that Canada has won a prize at this prestigious international architecture event. Thanks to all the sponsors and donors who made this success for Canadian architecture possible!   >>
As we approach the year 2030, the challenge to build net zero energy becomes more technically challenging and complex, as well as more achievable. The amount of available wind, solar and tidal energy has always been abundant; the technology to harness renewable energy systems advances daily.   >>
The Governor General’s Medals in Architecture recognize outstanding achievement in recently built projects by Canadian architects.   >>