RAIC 2021 International Indigenous Architecture and Design Symposium


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ABOUT

The RAIC International Indigenous Architecture and Design Symposium is inviting abstract submissions for consideration for sessions and poster presentations. The RAIC International Indigenous Architecture and Design Symposium is hosted by the RAIC Indigenous Task Force. The Symposium focuses on Indigenous representation, narratives and collaborations. Read more about the results of the inaugural Symposium here.


TOPICS

First Nations, Metis and Inuit Housing / International Indigenous Housing

This topic is designed to exchange innovative housing strategies & design solutions from a growing body of Canadian and international Indigenous practitioners.  The focus will provide an opportunity for policy specialists, architects, builders and academics to come together to look at housing in a holistic way and to share success stories and challenges in the field of Indigenous housing including:  

  • holistic and health-based approach from the bottoms up
  • health and housing
  • impacts of inappropriate housing and other social determinants
  • raising housing standards on a global scale
  • architecture of housing
  • community and social infrastructure
  • sustainability of Indigenous housing systems
  • impact of climate change on the external environment, housing and communities
  • the effect of housing on the family unit
  • disability, rehabilitation and mental health
  • the procurement process and tender support
  • healthcare and homelessness
  • leadership, planning and practice
  • research and policy
  • urban, rural or remote housing
  • women’s homelessness
  • youth homelessness
     

Making Room for New Indigenous Voices on the Leading Edge of Architecture Practice 

As a national architecture policy for Canada is being explored, post-secondary schools are creating more room for Indigenous design thinking.  This topic provides an opportunity to hear and explore critical reflections on Indigenous students’ and teachers’ experiences working with Indigenous communities. 

This topic is predicated on the philosophy and objective of a University’s department of architecture (or School of Architecture, including Indigenous Planning) to produce future Indigenous architects capable of understanding communal need for sustainable Indigenous health, housing, land & water related issues etc. -- all the while translating these into appropriate environments to satisfy the social, cultural, and economic aspirations of Indigenous communities in a local, regional, and/or international context.

Collaborations: Indigenous / Non-Indigenous Co-Design and Building with First Nations, Metis and Inuit Communities

Co-design is the ‘office’ collaborative design process between Indigenous and non-Indigenous practitioners, including interns. Co-design is not a formula. In each case, co-design takes its own distinct form.

The resulting design process and building designs are anchored in Indigenous peoples’ connection with the built environment and/ or natural world and reflect who they are as diverse practitioners – their traditions, culture, values and lifestyles, including their aspirations.

This topic will explore ‘the lessons learned’ by non-Indigenous practitioners collaborating with Indigenous practitioners; and turning these lessons into designs that resonate with Indigenous communities that are socially, culturally and technically sound.

These co-designs and building projects reflect Indigenous identity and more importantly, shifting practices as a base for cultural reclamation and growth.  In this way, architecture has an important role in giving ‘agency’ back to Indigenous practitioners and promoting equitable, integral and transparent office practices. 


SESSION PRESENTATION

Eligibility

Presentations can include a maximum of two (2) presenters per submission of which one (1) must be First Nations, Metis, Inuit or from the Indigenous global community. 

Format

The day is organized using World Café methodology, a format hosting large group dialogue. Presentations are meant to kick-start an interactive conversation with participants. Each presentation will be followed by a conversational process in small group rounds and sharing of conversations with the larger group. Presentations should be no more than 40 minutes in length and can include a slide deck (Powerpoint, Prezi etc.). Sessions should focus on one of the discussion topics and foster small and large group conversations. Presentations can include a maximum of two (2) presenters per submission of which one (1) must be First Nations, Metis, Inuit or from the Indigenous global community.

Submission Requirements

The proposal should include the following:

  • Session title
  • A short description of the session presentation (no more than 200 words). This should address how the presentation relates to one of the discussion topics outlined above.
  • Three questions for small group reflection
  • The presenter(s’) biography(ies) (max length: 100 words)
  • Presenter(s’) headshot(s)

Review Process

All submissions will be reviewed anonymously by a selection committee made up of members of the RAIC ITF Education Sub-Committee and RAIC staff.

Benefits

Successful applications for presentations and/or posters will receive the following:

One-night accommodation for up to two (2) presenters at one of the RAIC Conference on Architecture hotels (assigned by RAIC). Details will be provided to successful submissions.


POSTER PRESENTATIONS


Eligibility

Presentations can include a maximum of two (2) presenters per submission of which one (1) must be First Nations, Metis, Inuit or from the Indigenous global community. 

Format

Poster presentations will be featured as part of the project showcase.  Submissions for poster presentations should feature the latest research and projects on the Symposium topics. The poster presentation submission should be submitted as a short description of the poster and include a title and description of the poster. Submissions must be no more than 300 words.

Up to two posters 24” x 36” (landscape orientation) may be submitted. These will be mounted on poster boards that are 4’ x 8’. 

Successful presentations are required to print and deliver their posters. More information will be provided to successful submissions.

Review Process

All submissions will be reviewed anonymously by a selection committee made up of members of the RAIC ITF Education Sub-Committee and RAIC staff.

Benefits

Successful applications for presentations and/or posters will receive the following:

One-night accommodation for up to two (2) presenters at one of the RAIC Conference on Architecture hotels (assigned by RAIC). Details will be provided to successful submissions.


TIMELINE

Call for Abstracts Launch – August 26, 2020
Submission Deadline –  October 21, 2020
Successful Proposals Notified –  November 12, 2020
Symposium Date –  June 5, 2021


CONTACT

For more information contact:

Kristen Gagnon
Advocacy and Engagement Manager
itf@raic.org
(613) 241-3600 ext 2011