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“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness. – Frank Gehry”

Manitoba architect inducted as 2018 President

Governor General’s Medals in Architecture — Call for Submissions

Architectural Week comes to St. John’s

NL Architecture Week

September 30 – October 6 2017

Call for Presenters for OAA Continuing Education Sessions

Opportunities Listing
Call for Presenters Listing

Title: Call for Presenters for OAA Continuing Education Sessions Deadline for Call for Proposals: September 29, 2017
Eligibility: Open to educators, presenters with expertise in their field Theme: Bold by Design

Submission form and details: visit, Call for Presenters online submission form
Session Audience: Leaders in architecture and design, Emerging talents in architecture, Students entering the field, Built environment enthusiasts, Allied professionals, Faculty, Media

Session Event Date: ConEd Sessions, OAA Conference, May 23-25, 2018 Event Location: Toronto, Ontario

Visit the OAA Website at; learn more about the opportunities and the process.

The Ontario Association of Architects is a self-regulating, self-governing profession under the Architects Act. The association governs its members and regulates the practice of architecture in Ontario in order that the public interest may be served and protected. As part of its regulatory mandate, the Association delivers a wide range of programs and services to its members and the public.

Winning projects of 2017 Canadian Green Building Awards represent best in sustainable building

The winners of the 10th annual Canadian Green Building Awards, a program hosted by Sustainable Architecture & Building [SABMag] in collaboration with the Canada Green Building Council, represent some of the best examples of sustainable, high-performance building design in Canada. Projects were awarded in nine categories and can be seen here :

The massive Marine Gateway in Vancouver has all the components of a complete community, whereas the De Waal House in Edmonton is designed for net zero energy. The LEED Platinum Amber Trails Community School in Winnipeg shows how design can extend the reach of a school, while Eva’s Phoenix, a converted warehouse in Toronto, creates a supportive community for at-risk youth.

Queen Richmond Centre West in Toronto demonstrates adaptive re-use of heritage buildings, while the restoration of the Sir John A. Macdonald Building in Ottawa integrates new building systems into historic architectural elements. Also in Toronto, River City Phase 1 and 2 addresses the challenges of living sustainably within a dense urban environment, while the Lockport Beach House on the Nova Scotia coast offers an alternative view of ‘touching the Earth lightly’. And finally, the Gare Fluviale, a ferry terminal in Lévis, Québec, makes an elegant experience for two million passengers per year.

Our special thanks to our sponsors: National Sponsors the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute and Masonite Architectural; and Category Sponsors Altex, Uponor and Inline Fiberglass.

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2017 Winners- Canadian Green Building Awards

De Waal Net Zero House, Edmonton, De Waal Developments. Technical Award/ Prix technique

Lockeport Beach House, Nova Scotia. Nova Tayona Architects. Residential [Small] Award/Prix résidentiel (petite taille)

River City Phase 1 & 2, West Don Lands, Toronto. Saucier+Perrotte Architectes and ZAS Architects. Residential [Large] Award/ Prix résidentiel (grande taille)

Queen Richmond Centre West, Toronto, Sweeny&Co Architects Inc. Commercial/Industrial [Large] Award/ Prix commercial/industriel (grande taille)

Gare fluviale [Ferry Station] de Lévis, Quebec, Gagnon Letellier Cyr Ricard Mathieu & Associé Architectes. Institutional [Small] Award/Prix institutionnel (petite taille)

Amber Trails Community School. Winnipeg. Prairie Architects Inc. Institutional [Large] Award/Prix institutionnel (grande taille)

Sir John A. Macdonald Building. Ottawa, NORR Limited and MTBA Associates Inc. Existing Building Upgrade Award/Prix amélioration/rénovation d’un bâtiment existant

Eva’s Phoenix. Toronto, LGA Architectural Partners. Interior Design Award/Prix design intérieur

Marine Gateway. Vancouver, Perkins+Will. Mixed Use Award/ Prix usage mixte

Architecture Affects Everyone

Six intern architects across the country explore Canadian architecture and the importance of design to our lived experience. Images portray the built environment from the unique eye of an architect, and commentary showcases the complex and diverse nature of the profession. Public interviews and a nation-wide Instagram competition helped inform the themes examined. Sustainability, public space, and the collective memories preserved through architecture are considered.

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Robert Mellin (right) and RCA Past-President Joseph-Richard Veilleux present the RCA Medal to arts advocate Kim Fullerton at the May 2017 RCA Annual General Assembly in Toronto.

McGill School of Architecture Associate Professor Robert Mellin, CM, NLAA, FRAIC, has been elected President of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. The RCA is an honourary organization of established professional artists and designers from all regions of Canada. Members practice in more than thirty visual arts disciplines including but not limited to painting, print-making, architecture, sculpture, design, photography, ceramics, film, video, and digital art. With members nominated and elected by their peers the RCA has, since 1880, come to represent many of Canada’s most distinguished visual artists and designers. The objectives of the RCA are to encourage, improve, promote, support and cultivate the visual arts through its many activities.Some prominent Canadian architects who served as President of the RCA include McGill Professor Percy Erskine Nobbs, John C. Parkin, and Macy DuBois.

Projects in Nine Cities Receive National Urban Design Awards

Robert Mellin Receiving the Order Of Canada

Robert Mellin Receiving the Order Of Canada
Rideau Hall, Ottawa, Canada
Robert Mellin, C.M.
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presided over an Order of Canada investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Wednesday, September 23, 2015, The Governor General, who is chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order, bestowed the honour on 9 Officers and 35 Members.
His Excellency presents the Member of the Order of Canada insignia to: Robert Mellin, C.M.
The Order of Canada was created in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Since its creation, more than 6 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.
Credit: Sgt Ronald Duchesne, Rideau Hall, OSGG




















2015 ALBNL – NLAA Annual General Meetings and Dinner – Save the Date – Friday Nov 20, 2015

 RAIC  2016 Edition of the Governor General’s Medals in Architecture

The the RAIC in partnership with Canada Council for the Arts announced its call for submissions for the 2016 edition of the Governor General’s Medals in Architecture.  The deadline for submission is December 3rd, 2015.  The call will be promoted in RAIC’s monthly bulletins and a hard copy  of the brochure will be distributed in Canadian Architects September magazine.

Below is the link (English and French) to the Governor General’s Medals in Architecture Call for Submissions. 

Get Involved on the NLAA Council and Make a Difference in the Profession!

The NLAA is seeking nominations for the positions of Secretary-Treasurer and Councillors:

Volunteering and being elected to serve on NLAA Council offers many rewards:

It’s your opportunity to share your expertise;

Learn in depth about other aspects of the profession and the association’s structure;

It’s a chance to gain a wealth of information, give back to, and influence the future of the profession.

There are a full range of opportunities. Your level of involvement depends on your interest and availability.

Volunteer hours will include attending meetings, assisting the PR Committee in seminars & industry events, hands-on work, advocacy and outreach. Architects who sit on Council are looked to for their knowledge and expertise.

If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding experience that will make a difference to the profession, joining the NLAA Council may be the opportunity you are looking for.


For further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned.

Nominations received for these positions will be presented and voted upon at the 66th  AGM on Friday November 20, 201


Lynda Hayward Hon. MRAIC

Administrative Director


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A Look ahead at Her Majesty’s Pen – Jim Case on Tour at H.M.P.


RAIC names 2015 Honourary Fellows: Zita Cobb and Vassilis Sgoutas

OTTAWA, January 14, 2015 – The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has selected a Canadian social entrepreneur and a Greek architect, both employing design for social change, to receive its 2015 Honourary Fellowships.

 Zita Cobb grew up on Fogo Island, a remote fishing community off the coast of Newfoundland. After a successful high-tech career, she returned and founded Shorefast Foundation. The registered charity uses architecture, art, design, craft and food to invigorate the island’s economy and culture. Major projects include the world-class Fogo Island Inn, Fogo Island Arts, an international artists’ residency program, and Fogo Island Shop, which produces hand-crafted furniture and textiles.

 “I deeply believe that architecture has the potential to add greatly to the quality and fabric of life; beyond function and ecological responsibility, to add meaning and joy,” says Cobb. “And now, more than ever before, we need architecture to live up to its potential.”

Vassilis Sgoutas is an architect in Athens, Greece. During his tenure as president of the International Union of Architects (UIA), the UIA focused on poverty in the developing world, environmental sustainability, and barrier-free design for people with disabilities. In his honour, the UIA created the Vassilis Sgoutas Prize, which recognizes architects who contribute to the improvement of living conditions in poverty-stricken areas.

 “What makes this honour special for me is that it could be conducive to opening channels for an increasing presence of Canadian architects on the international architectural scene,” says Sgoutas. “This will unfailingly lead to greater exposure to the richness and diversity of Canadian architecture.”

Honourary fellowship recognizes extraordinary achievement.  Cobb and Sgoutas will be inducted into the RAIC College of Fellows during this year’s RAIC’s Festival of Architecture in Calgary, June 3-6.

 Each recipient fulfills the spirit of the 2015 Festival theme of “Re-generation and Integration,” says Barry Johns, Chancellor of the RAIC College of Fellows. They demonstrate exceptional commitment “to a truly humanized and sustainable architecture,” he adds.

“Zita Cobb’s patronage of a new and respectful architectural culture and her connecting local craftsmen with international designers has transformed the local economy,” says Johns. “Here, new architecture supports, rather than threatens traditions that are disappearing as our society becomes increasingly urbanised.”

 “Vassilis Sgoutas exemplifies the profession’s responsibilities for an improved social and cultural sustainability through the built environment,” says Johns. “He is concerned with the lives of the disabled and poor while illustrating through his work a concern for the fragility of the planet.”

Zita Cobb

Zita CobbZita Cobb was born “with a gift of place” to a cod-fishing family on Fogo Island, Newfoundland. At age 16, she left to study business at Carleton University in Ottawa and became a senior finance professional in the high technology industry. She worked at JDS Fitel (subsequently JDS Uniphase) in Ottawa from 1981 to 2001, helping build one of the most successful high-tech innovators in history.

In 2001, in her early 40s, Cobb retired. She eventually returned to Fogo Island where the cod fishery had collapsed and the population had fallen from the 5,500 of her youth to 2,500. Feeling compelled to act, she founded the Shorefast Foundation, ( The goal was to leverage an initial investment to create community-owned economic assets and contribute to the revitalization of the local culture and economy. In her words, “to preserve some of the things we were losing.” The most significant projects to date are the Fogo Island Inn (, Fogo Island Arts ( and Fogo Island Shop (

 Cobb enlisted the help of architect Todd Saunders, a Newfoundland native who had moved to Norway. He designed the Fogo Island Inn and a series of artists’ studios, built by islanders using traditional materials and techniques.

Cobb believes that the key to resilience for rural communities lies in the specificity of place: re-discovering intellectual heritage and cultural wisdom, fostering the talent, knowledge, and abundance that already exist.

Various partners are now working with Cobb to develop the Fogo Island model of social investment for other rural places.

Vassilis Sgoutas

Vassilis SgoutasA graduate of the University of Cape Town, Vassilis Sgoutas’ work experience started in South Africa and Iraq. He has been in private practice in Greece since 1961 and is a senior partner of Sgoutas Architects. (

 The firm has completed significant projects in Greece as well as in Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Iraq, Bahrain, Germany, Italy and Tunisia. Among them are hospitals, industrial plants and office buildings. They include the Cerebral Palsy Greece Education and Rehabilitation Centre in Athens and designs for development (as part of an international team) around the ancient Archeological Site of Carthage in Tunisia.

 Sgoutas served as president of the International Union of Architects (UIA) from 1999-2002 and earlier as its Secretary General. The UIA represents about 1.3 million architects in more than 100 countries.

 As UIA president, he initiated the first Architecture for the Disabled program (now called Architecture for All) to share knowledge and good practice. During his tenure, the UIA also focused on poverty in the developing world, environmentally responsible design and fair opportunities for international trade.

 Sgoutas served on the European Economic Community Committee for the Disabled as well as the expert committees that produced the publications European Manual for an Accessible Built Environment and the European Concept for Accessibility.

 In 2008, the UIA inaugurated the Vassilis Sgoutas Prize in his honour. The prize is awarded every three years at the UIA Congress to architects contributing to the improvement of living conditions in areas below the level of poverty.


The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada is a voluntary national association, representing 4,800 members. The RAIC advocates for excellence in the built environment, works to demonstrate how design enhances the quality of life and promotes responsible architecture in addressing important issues of society.

Link to full article

 Canada, United States and Mexico Forge Agreement to Recognize Architect Credentials

The RAIC Foundation needs your input!

The RAIC Foundation is going through a strategic restructuring to improve the services it offers.

The survey will take between 5-10 minutes and your input is invaluable to the Foundation.

Members who participate in the survey can have their names entered into a draw to win one of three $250 gift cards to Future Shop, The Bay, or Chapters, just in time for the Holidays!

Please click on the link below to access the survey:

Winter Design Festival 2015 – Lansdowne Park – Aberdeen Square

Please note the the Winter Design Festival: Design and Build Competition deadline has been extended to December 23,2014

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Calls for Award Submissions

 2014 ALBNL – NLAA Annual General Meetings and Dinner – Save the Date – Nov 21, 2014

Invitation to the IDNL Forum & Function Event – Thursday October 2nd Sheraton Hotel

IDNL Forum and Function Event InviteThe Interior Designers of Newfoundland and Labrador, in partnership with the IDC, are pleased to announce their first-annual Form + Function Event!  This is an industry-only networking event for those engaged in the business of design and construction.  We have invited expert speakers to discuss various design topics and inspire our guests.  This will be followed by an exhibitor trade show and cocktail reception.

Come celebrate the official public launch of the IDNL!





New Building Canada Fund

The Department of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs will soon be soliciting applications for the New Building Canada Fund.

 NLAA Fall Lecture Series

Lecture Series PosterThe 2014 Fall Lecture Series features three architects or urban planners from various backgrounds and design perspectives that pertain to architectural and urban design issues in Newfoundland and Labrador.

All lectures are free and open to the public – starting at 7:30 PM at the LSPU Hall on each respective date.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2014: Ruth O’Herlihy  McCullough Mulvin Arcitects      Dublin, Ireland

OCTOBER 29, 2014:   Gilles Saucier  Saucier + Perrotte Architectes   Montreal, Quebec

NOVEMBER 13, 2014:  Renée Daoust    Daoust Lestage Inc.              Montreal, Quebec


RAIC / AAA Festival of Architecture 2015

Call For Presenters:

The deadline for proposals is Oct. 30, 2014.

The Alberta Association of Architects and RAIC invite submissions for Continuing Education presentations for the 2015 Festival of Architecture themed (Re)generation + Integration, being held June 3-6, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta.

Circular – 2015-2016 Municipal Capital Works Program invitation

Applications are invited for the 2015/2016 Municipal Capital Works Program. The deadline for the receipt of applications for the 2015/2016 Municipal Capital Works Program is October 17, 2014.


  • Southcott Awards Nominations – May 14th 2014

            Please note, the Call for Nominations for the 2014 Southcott Awards, on behalf of the NL Historic Trust, has been extended; the new Submission Deadline is now  May 19, 2014.

            The attached 2014 Southcott Award Nominations document provides further information.




2014 AGM Bulletin

NLAA 2014 Semi Annual Meeting:     June 6th 2014

ALBNL 5th Annual General Meeting:   November 21st 2014

NLAA 65th Annual General Meeting:  November 21st 2014


The Architectural Institute of British Columbia invites submissions from those interested in speaking, participating in panel discussions or facilitating interactive workshops at the 2014 AIBC Annual Conference, October 8-10 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.  This year’s conference theme is Shifting Perspectives. The theme acknowledges that, as a society, we are continually re-inventing the way we think, live, work and play in our world. Architects respond to this ever-changing landscape by evolving in many ways – from the way they communicate and conduct business to the way they plan and build for the future. Naturally in the process, points of friction arise, which keep architects engaged and excited. How architects respond will determine architecture’s relevance in years to come.

The Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s annual conference brings together architects, intern architects, architectural technologists, builders, engineers, interior designers, faculty, students and other members of the design community to learn about new industry trends, technological advances and best practices. This annual gathering, the largest of its kind in British Columbia, is also a chance to network, socialize and celebrate the innovative, impactful work of practitioners and theorists. The conference runs over three days and includes a keynote presentation, plenary sessions, seminars, workshops, panel discussions and an industry exhibitor show.

This conference is expected to include a particular focus on matters related to the Pacific Rim, including information pertaining to future design directions, community needs and business practices. As in previous years, the conference will be rich in professional development, dialogue and network-building opportunities. An anticipated 400–450 delegates will be in attendance.

For more information and a link to the Proposal Submission Form:

NL Historic Trust is looking for new members to sit on their Board of Directors. The Trust is holding their AGM on Wednesday March 19, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Location: BIS Building, 30 Harvey Road. Guest Speaker: Dr. Gerald Pocius Anyone interested in joining the Trust and/or sitting on the Board of Directors is welcome to attend the meeting.