Election Results

The newest board member is Ewa Bieniecka, MRAIC, who was elected Regional Director, Quebec. Les Klein, FRAIC, was re-elected as Regional Director, Ontario Southwest. Allan Teramura, MRAIC, was acclaimed as Regional Director, Ontario North East and Nunavut.

A Montreal-native, Ewa graduated from McGill University with a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1982 and a master's degree in 2004. She is an architect with Montreal's Arcop Architecture Inc.

Ewa has specialized experience with major projects and the rehabilitation and restoration of heritage buildings such as the West Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. She is currently working on reconstruction of the Grande Allée Armoury in Quebec City.

The Change of Office ceremony will take place January 31 in Victoria, B.C. where the first board meeting of 2014 will be held.


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Five scholarships awarded for Brazil’s stone fair

Scholarships have been awarded to five members to attend Vitoria Stone Fair in Vitoria, Brazil, February 18-22, 2014. They are: Vivek Menon, MRAIC, (Surrey); Patrick Danielson, MRAIC, (Vancouver); Mehdi Zahed, MRAIC, (Edmonton); Prisham Jain, MRAIC, (Toronto) and Pierina Saia, MRAIC, (Montreal).

National Urban Design Awards

Deadline: February 13th

The RAIC, Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, announce a call for submissions for the 2014 National Urban Design Awards. Winners from existing urban design awards in select cities will automatically be submitted to the Awards. Any individual or organization in any Canadian urban municipality can submit a project.

Arctic Adaptations almost 85% funded – please help us reach our goal!

The Arctic Adaptations team has raised 85 percent of its budget with less than five months to go before it is unveiled at the Canada Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Arctic Adaptations was featured in The Globe and Mail on January 15

New sponsors include Aimia, E.I. du Pont Canada Company (Corian®), Ontario Arts Council, WZMH, Cannon Design, Nunasi Corporation, Northern Property REIT, Toronto Society of Architects, Office of the Dean of Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Manitoba Association of Architects, Lemay, Mumby Insurance Brokers, Leica Geosystems and others.

The team only needs to raise another $150,000. Please help them close the gap by making a donation today at www.arcticadaptations.ca where you will be directed to the RAIC Foundation’s secure donations page at CanadaHelps.org. All donors receive recognition at Venice and on the Canadian exhibition tour as well as a charitable tax receipt. Every donation makes a difference!

For more information please go to www.arcticadaptations.ca

ar•chi•tect* Redefining the Profession

Ryerson University’s Master of Architecture class will hold a symposium Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 6.30 p.m. at the Design Exchange in Toronto. The theme: changes in the processes of design and new modes of creation. The event counts toward OAA Con-Ed hours. For more information: http://goo.gl/jlMQJi

Azure magazine discount

Receive a full year (eight issues) of Azure for $22.70. That’s more than 50 percent off the regular subscription rate and 75 percent off the newsstand price. Offer available to Canadian addresses only.

Vancouver Island University, Cowichan Campus, receives awards

Garyali Architect Inc., of Victoria B.C. has won several awards recently for the Vancouver Island University, Cowichan Campus in Duncan B.C.

In 2013, the LEED Gold project won an Award of Excellence from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. In 2012, it received the Roy Willwerth Precast Concrete Architectural Recognition Award from the Canadian Precast Institute as well as an Award of Excellence from the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board.

In memoriam

John Preston, FRAIC, died December 18, 2013 in Stratford, ON at age 89. He was a Past President of the Nova Scotia Association of Architects. During the Second World War he served in the Royal Air Force. His career included stints as a city planner in Regina, North York and Halifax as well as architectural practice in Halifax.

John D. Bennett, MRAIC, died November 25, 2013, in Bragg Creek, AB at age 64. He taught architectural technology at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and practiced as an architect and safety codes officer in Calgary, Exshaw, Black Diamond and the Foothills region.

Velta Baumanis, MRAIC, died December 19, 2013, in Mount Brydges, ON at age 71. She enjoyed a long career as an architect and took pride in her Latvian heritage. She was also a Rotarian, equestrian and gardener.