Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Young Architect 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 a young architect for excellence in design, leadership and/or service to the profession. It is intended that this award will inspire other young architects to become licensed and to strive for excellence in their work.    

2. Eligibility

An architect registered in Canada who is an RAIC member and is 40 years or younger on the date of the deadline for the Call for Submissions.  In exceptional circumstances, the Young Architect Award may be awarded to more than one individual architect where it is clearly demonstrated that the associated nominees have individually and collectively met the selection criteria.

Submissions received will be considered each year for three consecutive years, after which the submission will lapse. The submitter(s) may modify/revise the submission to bring it up to date.  This does not apply to award recipients.

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 and each of the following documents must saved in PDF or MSWord format on a CD/DVD-ROM or USB key.

The submission shall illustrate work of the young architect; the work may be completed prior to registration and it may include any work undertaken as an employee of an architectural practice. The work and the role of the architect must be verified by a partner, director or sole practitioner of the architectural practice;

Each submission shall include a letter of support from two members of RAIC of which at least one is a Fellow and a signed declaration.  

Each submission shall include the following:

  • Completed Submission Form;
  • A current résumé of the nominee (maximum of two pages);
  • A maximum of 20 pages of text and illustrations demonstrating the rationale for the nomination;
  • Letters of verification sufficient to illustrate that what is presented in the submission is actually the work of the candidate or of the practice;
  • The Jury must be given a clear ability to discern the authenticity of the work as having been prepared by the submitter either in whole or in part. If in part or through collaboration with others, especially where the submitter is employed by an established practice, the roles and responsibilities of the submitter must be clearly and fully described, as well as the specific contributions to the quality of such work. Credit shall only be taken for the Young Architect’s 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 clear and concise summary of the candidate’s contributions to “excellence in design, leadership and/or service to the profession”;
  • A digital photograph of the nominee;
  • Letters of support from two registered/licensed Architects who are RAIC members of which at least one is a Fellow. In order for letters of support to be of value they must clearly attest to the values and principles of the nominee. General comments about the quality or reputation of the work are not sufficient.
  • A maximum of 40 electronic images representing the architect’s work;
  • A signed declaration form;
  • A numerical index listing all images and providing full credit information;  

All submission materials must be included electronically in PDF format or MS Word on n a CD/DVD-ROM or USB key.  (view the technical guidelines for submitting electronic material).

All winning entries will be kept by the RAIC for publication, exhibition and archival purposes. Unsuccessful entries will not be returned.

4. Selection Process

The Jury appointed by the College of Fellows National Committee to select the RAIC Gold Medalist and the Architectural Firm or Practice Award shall also decide on the winning Young Architect Award recipient. The Jury shall forward its decision to the RAIC Board of Directors regarding the individual to receive the award. The President of RAIC shall bestow the award.

5. Number of Awards

One Young Architect medal award only will be conferred every year.  The recipient will also receive a free one year membership to RAIC.  The Young Architect Award recipient will be invited to sit on the Gold Medal, Young Architect and Architectural Firm Jury, the year following his/her award.

At its discretion the Jury may also elect to award an Honourable Mention, or to not confer an award.

All un-awarded submissions will be carried-forward for consideration for a further period of three (3) years, as long as the age and other criteria continue to apply, after which the submission will lapse.

The award shall be a medal, with the RAIC emblem and inscribed on the reverse:


Award of Excellence – Young Architect


6. Frequency

The award is to be every year.

7. Public Presentation

The presentation of the RAIC Award of Excellence – Young Architect will be made at the Festival of Architecture or other suitable event.