Kiyoshi Matsuzaki RAIC Scholarship unveiled during Festival in Halifax

The RAIC Foundation was pleased to unveil the Kiyoshi Matsuzaki RAIC Scholarship during the Festival in Halifax. This Scholarship advances Kiyoshi Matsuzaki’s personal belief in the future of the profession of architecture; and, his unyielding support of the younger generation of students as the next leaders of the profession.

The annual scholarship of $3,000 is to be presented to a student enrolled in the RAIC Syllabus Program.  Offered through an endowment, several in the profession added their donations to the scholarship during the Festival, ensuring funds will be available well into the future.

Kiyoshi Matsuzaki, PP/FRAIC, was named a Fellow in 2002 and acted as RAIC President in 2007-2008. He along with his wife, Eva Matsuzaki, PP/FRAIC, (RAIC President in 1998-1999), volunteered their time and energy with the RAIC for decades.

Kiyoshi sadly passed away in December of last year and will be greatly missed by all who knew his unrelenting enthusiasm and optimism.

RAIC is honouring his memory through this Endowment and Scholarship by encouraging a new generation of architects.

Festival 2013 creates a buzz in Halifax

Almost 400 people gathered in Halifax to celebrate excellence in architecture, participate in continuing education and catch up with colleagues in the profession during the RAIC and Nova Scotia Association of Architects Festival of Architecture.

Kicked off by world-renowned Nova Scotian architect Brian MacKay-Lyons, FRAIC, winner of six Governor General Medals, two American Institute of Architects Honor Awards for Architecture, and 15 Lieutenant Governor's Medals of Excellence; the Festival was filled with local hospitality.

Ed Feiner, Hon. FRAIC, Director of the Perkins+Will Design Leadership Forum, and recipient of the AIA Thomas Jefferson Award for public architecture and the United States Government Distinguished Service Award, as keynote speaker at the Convocation took in the atmosphere and regaled Fellows and delegates with his humour gleaned from years of experience working as an architect in government.

Frank Ching’s sketching sessions were one of the most popular courses, even with Saturday’s tropical storm. We are used to seeing the Festival represented in photos but check out his blog for a sketch of the proceedings – Convocation and his view of downtown Halifax.

RAIC Syllabus coordinators were honoured for their longstanding contribution to this alternative path to the profession at the President's Gala awards evening in Halifax. On hand for the ceremony were WayneDe Angelis, FRAIC, RAIC First Vice President and Syllabus Board liaison, Debbie Friesen, MRAIC (Toronto), Grant Moore, MRAIC (Edmonton), Liza Medek, FRAIC, Syllabus Director, Back Row: Christine Lintott, MRAIC (Victoria), Jeanne Fox, Hon. MRAIC, Registrar, Mariusz Gontarz, MRAIC (Toronto), Gerald Gallacher, MRAIC (London) and Mentor Bill Johnston (Calgary).

Latest 2030 Case Study now online

The most recent case study on the 2030 Challenge Case Studies features the UV-3 ventilation unit, a Regent Eco system, that allows high energy performance levels with savings of about 80 per cent in summer and 90 percent in winter.

Find out how it has been incorporated into the Stageline Group Building designed by Allard, Hamelin Lalonde, Consortium d'architectes.

Charles Renfro named as Architecture Keynote Speaker at IIDEX

This is the second year that the RAIC and the Interior Designers of Canada are collaborating as co-presenters of IIDEX Canada and again plans are to offer expanded programming and show space for the architecture profession. This year the IIDEX 2013 Architecture Keynote will be Charles Renfro, AIA, Partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Architect of the recent High Line park project in New York City, Renfro’s work extends far beyond the 90 person interdisciplinary studio based in New York and includes cutting edge projects across the globe.

Renfro will join the RAIC and IIDEX, September 26 and 27 with his fellow world renowned keynotes, more than 60 accredited seminars, and some 350 exhibitors and 15,000 architects and interior designers.

UIA/PHG 2013 Annual Healthcare Forum + GUPHA Meeting at IIDEX Canada

Early Bird Deadline extended to July 15, 2013

RAIC will be presenting the 2013 International Union of Architects Public Health Group (UIA/PHG) Forum and Global University Programs in Healthcare Architecture (GUPHA) Meeting at IIDEX 2013, September 24-28, 2013 in Toronto.

This collaboration enables the knowledge sharing of international perspectives on health and the design of the care environment plus the role that health care quality and innovation plays in these projects to support better health care. Whether your specialty is hospitals, long-term care, community health, wellness, rehabilitation or mental health, the UIA/PHG 2013 Forum brings together the best and brightest practitioners from around the globe to share their insights.

Recognizing the next wave of architects

RAIC Second Vice-President and Regional Director for Quebec, Jean-Pierre Pelletier, FIRAC, was on hand at the McGill University Convocation to present the RAIC Student Medal to Francis Ng.

The Student Medal is awarded annually to a student graduating from a professional degree program in each accredited University School of Architecture in Canada who, in the judgment of the faculty of the respective School, has achieved the highest level of academic excellence and/or has completed the outstanding final design project/thesis for that academic year.

Arctic Adaptations launches Student Competitions

Those at the RAIC in Halifax, will have heard all about Canada’s entry at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, called “Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15”. Co-curator Lola Sheppard, MRAIC presented the project at the President’s Gala Dinner to a full house.

Student competitions for “Arctic Adaptations” have now launched in three Canadian schools of architecture. Dalhousie is inviting students to design proposals on the theme of Arts, University of Toronto on Housing, and University of British Columbia on Health. Université de Montréal (Education) and University of Manitoba (Recreation) will launch their competitions in the fall.

A winning student project from each school will team up with an architect and a Nunavut organization to further refine their proposal for presentation in Venice.

Thanks to its increasing popularity, the Venice Architecture Biennale will open almost three months earlier than usual and run twice as long, from June 7 to November 23, 2014, with VIP/Press Preview Days on June 4, 5 and 6 (for participants, sponsors, dignitaries, press etc.).

As a result, more than 350,000 visitors from around the world are expected to attend. At the Canada Pavilion, they will have the opportunity to see cutting-edge architectural designs that respond to Nunavut’s environment and culture, and contribute to a discussion about how architecture can support healthy, vibrant and sustainable northern communities through a new, modern, northern Canadian vernacular.

The exhibition will tour Canada in 2015-16.

Please Support Arctic Adaptations!
All RAIC members are invited, as individuals or through thier firms, to support “Arctic Adaptations” and excellence and innovation in Canadian architecture. Donations will support the teams of students, architects and Nunavut organizations as they research, develop and produce “Arctic Adaptations”, as well as travel and transportation to Venice, pavilion staffing, a major publication, and the multi-city post-Venice Canadian tour.

Please join the company of sponsors and donors including: Manulife Financial, the OAA, KPMB Architects, James KM Cheng Architects, Urban Capital, Green Seed Development Corp, First Air, Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, The Walrus Magazine, Levitt Goodman Architects and Bing Thom Architects. Thank you all for your generous support!

To support “Arctic Adaptations” and a brighter future for Canada’s northern communities through architecture, please contact the RAIC Venice Biennale Project Manager, Sascha Hastings, at

You can also make a donation online at Biennale Fund

For more information:

“Foundation 50” launches in Halifax, raises enough money for new Aboriginal Scholarship

In 2014, the RAIC Foundation turns 50!

During the RAIC Festival in Halifax “Foundation 50” was launched to honour the anniversary. “Foundation 50” is a monthly giving campaign that will guarantee the RAIC Foundation’s support of excellence and knowledge in Canadian architecture for another half century and beyond.

More than 35 RAIC members and other donors joined the “Foundation 50 Club” by becoming regular monthly donors. Cumulatively, almost $25,000 in yearly donations has been raised to date. This made possible the announcement at the President’s Gala of a new “Foundation 50 Scholarship” that will be awarded to a Canadian aboriginal student to attend architecture school starting in fall 2014. This scholarship will cover tuition and significantly offset living expenses.

Heartfelt thanks go to:

- Gregory Beck, MRAIC
- David Caulfeild, FRAIC
- David Covo, FRAIC
- Michael Cox, MRAIC
- David Craddock, PP/FRAIC
- John Dobbs, FRAIC
- Gerrie Doyle, FRAIC
- James Dykes, FRAIC
- Robert Eastwood, FRAIC
- James Farrow, FRAIC
- Paul Frank, FRAIC
- Pierre Gallant, FRAIC

- Giannone Petricone Architects
- Robert Glover, FRAIC
- James Goodwin, FRAIC
- Yves Gosselin, AP/FIRAC
- John Hackett, FRAIC
- Rick Haldenby, FRAIC

- James Hancock, FRAIC
- Sascha Hastings
- Mary Jo Hind, FRAIC
- Stuart Howard, PP/FRAIC
- Barry Johns, FRAIC
- Carol Kleinfeldt, FRAIC
- Alice Liang, FRAIC
- Vivian Manasc, PP/FRAIC
- Art Martin, FRAIC
- Catherine Nasmith, FRAIC
- John Nicholson, FRAIC
- Samuel Oboh, FRAIC
- Donald Oliver, FRAIC
- Reid Pattison, FRAIC
- Eugene Pieczonka, FRAIC
- Sheena Sharp, FRAIC
- Alex Temporale, FRAIC
- J. Robert Thibodeau, FIRAC

Thanks also to Burgess Bredo, FRAIC, Norm Hotson, FRAIC, and Peter Ortved, FRAIC, for generous one-time donations.

It’s not too late to be part of “Foundation 50”! The campaign has just begun, and will continue through to the end of 2014, the RAIC Foundation’s 50th anniversary year.

The goal of “Foundation 50” is to raise $250,000 per year by the end of 2014. That’s just under $21,000 in monthly donations. If every RAIC member donated just $5 each month, the goal should be reached! If 850 members donated $25, or 420 members donated $50 each month, it will be exceeded.

With the money raised through “Foundation 50” the scope of the RAIC Foundation’s mission can be expanded to:

  • nurture the next generation of Canadian architects
  • educate the public about how architecture improves lives and transforms communities
  • raise the profile of Canadian architecture at home and internationally

There are several ways to join the “Foundation 50 Club”:

1/ Download the pledge form, fill it out, and return it by mail to:

Jonathan Ouellette
Financial Officer, RAIC Foundation
330-55, rue Murray Street
Ottawa, ON, K1N 5M3

2/ Become a monthly donor through the donation page at

3/ Contact Sascha Hastings at the RAIC Foundation at or 416-934-1595

Please become a member of the “Foundation 50 Club” and support excellence and a bright future for Canadian architecture 12 months a year!

If anyone’s name was inadvertently excluded from our list of “Foundation 50 Club” members, please contact us, and we will correct the oversight in the next newsletter.

RAIC offers six Veronafiere sponsorships

Deadline: July 10, 2013
Participants earn 22 structured/core credits

For the seventh year, RAIC is again offering a unique international professional development opportunity of scholarships for six member architects to participate in the popular course at Veronafiere and Marmomacc, from September 23-27, 2013 in Verona and Milan, Italy.

Scholarships cover tuition, meals, accommodations, local transportation and registration fees. Those selected will be responsible for travel costs to and from Verona.

The program is a unique combination of classroom lectures, guided architectural tours, and field trips to local quarries, as well as to natural stone processing facilities.

The 2013 edition will include visits to a nearby Breccia Pernice quarry and stone processing plant, an architectural tour of Verona, case studies of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas and the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, sessions on sustainable stone design, and a day-long visit of Fila Industria Chimica’s headquarters and laboratory.

Candidates must submit a résumé and one-page cover letter (MAXIMUM) demonstrating their interest in designing with stone in their practice and how the scholarship will strengthen their career as an Architect, by July 10.

Festival presentations now available

RAIC is pleased to offer some of the Continuing Education presentations from the Festival through Dropbox.

Former RAIC President named Registrar

Ranjit Dhar, PP/FRAIC, has been elected Registrar of the College of Fellows. Mr. Dhar was RAIC President from 2009 to 2011 and received an AIA Honorary Fellowship in 2008 and the OAA Order of Da Vinci Medal in 2011.

He brings his leadership experience from architectural organizations at provincial, national and international levels, having spent time in several roles during his long career, including: UIA Council Member – Region III, the Americas – 2011-2014; President, OAA –2001; Founder and Chairman, Canadian Design-Build Institute – 2002-2004; Board member, Canadian Construction Association – 2002-2004; Chairman, AIA Design-Build Group, 2001-2003; and Vice Chairman, AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice in 2006.

College of Fellows - Call for 2014 Nominations

Members of the College of Fellows wishing to name RAIC members for Fellowship must have nominations to the Chairs of Regional Advisory Committees no later than October 31, 2013. Please take the time to consider nominating your colleagues and mentors.

Check your inbox soon to verify your RAIC directory listing

In the summer months, RAIC prints its annual member directory. The information is pulled directly from our online database.

In order to ensure complete accuracy we will be emailing members their listing as it will appear.

We ask that you take a moment to verify your preferences and listing are correct, and make any necessary changes.

Maritime family keeps architecture close to home

Four generations of architects were celebrated during the 2013 Convocation in Halifax and though James Philip Dumaresq, FRAIC, passed away before he could be honoured with Fellowship, son Sydney Philip Dumaresq, FRAIC, brought his framed certificate of membership to sit up front during the investiture. The Dumaresqs represented the third and fourth generations of architects in their family, who in a very real sense helped build Halifax. The Globe and Mail captured some of that history.

Raymond Moriyama, FRAIC, recognized with honourary doctorate

University of Calgary celebrated the lifetime achievements of distinguished Canadian architect, Raymond Moriyama, FRAIC, with an honorary doctorate and public event.

5468796 continues to be recognized in the air and around the world

In addition to having been named RAIC’s first Emerging Architecture Firm, 5468796 Architecture Inc. has also received a prestigious WAN 21 for 21 Award and been featured in the latest edition of Air Canada’s Enroute magazine.

Festival session branches out with media reports

During the Festival Michael Green, MRAIC, spoke to a packed session about the possibilities of designing with wood. Word has spread to PEI’s Guardian and Daily Business Buzz.

His next step is to take his fervour for wood to Ideacity, a Toronto-based conference, now in its 14th year, bringing together 50 presenters from around the globe. Read about it in the Vancouver Province.

KPMB teachers’ headquarters lauded in Toronto Star

Urban Issues writer, Christopher Hume outlined the success of the KPMB Architects of Toronto’s Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario headquarters in the Toronto Star.

Hon. Fellow Bill Teron focus of Ottawa Citizen feature

Last month we noted that Ottawa developer Bill Teron, Hon. FRAIC, had been named the recipient of the Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Urban Institute and most recently that was capped off with he and his wife, Jean receiving honourary degrees from Carleton University. The Ottawa Citizen published a feature on the Teron’s achievements.

Ruthen's latest book review

In his latest article for Spacing Vancouver, Sean Ruthen, MRAIC, reviews Carscadden Thrift: Selected Projects edited by Ian Ross McDonald.