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August 10, 2018

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada holds free public forum in Vancouver


OTTAWA, August 9, 2018 – The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) will hold a national forum in Vancouver on August 21 to explore challenges, opportunities, and new directions for architecture in British Columbia and Canada.

This special event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UBC Robson Square Theatre, 800 Robson Street. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. The session is open to RAIC members, non-members, members of the public, media, and anyone interested in architecture. It is free of charge.

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Leaders of the architectural community in British Columbia and Canada will present timely and relevant topics for discussion and input, including:

  • a national architecture policy;
  • regional advocacy issues;
  • news from the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC);
  • a new insurance program for architects;
  • a new approach for RAIC chapters, committees, and task forces with a regional focus and national mandate;
  • the 2019 Festival of Architecture;
  • and more.

The event will also feature a panel discussion on the future of architecture.

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Panelists include:

  • Mark Vernon, Chief Executive Officer, AIBC;
  • Jennifer Cutbill, MRAIC, Vancouver architect and RAIC Regional Director for British Columbia/Yukon;
  • Darryl Condon, FRAIC, AIBC Immediate Past President and chair of the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities’ Future of the Profession Task Force;
  • Michael Cox, FRAIC, RAIC President and architect based in Brandon, MB;
  • Mike Brennan, Chief Executive Officer, RAIC.

The RAIC is the leading voice for architecture in Canada. Activities include education, advocacy, professional development, practice support, public outreach and recognition of excellence. Its committees and task forces work to advance environmental sustainability, inclusive design, emerging practitioners, and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

The forum hosts are RAIC President Michael Cox, FRAIC, RAIC Chief Executive Officer Mike Brennan and RAIC Vice President of National Affairs Giovanna Boniface.

The forum is the first in a series. The RAIC will be traveling to several stops across Canada to hear from members of the architecture community, including architects, graduate architects, regulators, educators, stakeholders, as well as community leaders.


About the RAIC

 The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has operated continuously since 1907 as the national voice for architects and architecture in Canada. Its mission is to advocate for excellence in the built environment, demonstrate how design enhances the quality of life, champion sustainability, and promote responsible architecture in addressing important issues of society. It is governed by a volunteer board of directors, comprised of architects from across the country. The board includes an intern representative and a representative of the Canadian Council of University Schools of Architecture.


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