2013 RAIC Festival in Halifax: Value of Beauty – Integrity in Architecture

Early-bird registration is now open for the Festival of Architecture is the annual conference for architects across Canada. It focuses on architects’ contributions to the improvement of today’s world, the built environment, sustainable urban development and social commitment, as well as the importance of architecture. There will be continuing education courses, social activities, awards and the RAIC Fellows Convocation.

Between June 5 and 8, 2013, architects and associates will gather at the Marriott Halifax Harbourfront in Halifax, Nova Scotia to network, discuss issues related to the practice of architecture, celebrate achievements and socialize.

This Festival’s theme of “Value of Beauty – Integrity in Architecture” is particularly meaningful in the Maritimes. Located on the eastern seaboard of Canada, the Maritime provinces have evolved a distinctive architectural landscape, one that is rooted in the land and has developed over centuries as a result of interactions with cultures across the Atlantic, as well as indigenous cultural practices already here. Architectural practice in the Maritime provinces has traditionally valued utility, respect for cultural traditions, and a healthy appreciation for the power of nature. This has created an architectural culture that prizes architectural integrity through craftsmanship, economy and elegance of expression.

A highlight this year is 2011 Pritzker Prize-winning Portuguese architect Eduardo Souta de Moura, who will speak at the College of Fellows Convocation Ceremony. Also, companion tours of Peggy’s Cove, the South Shore (including Lunenburg and Mahone Bay) are on offer.

For more information and to register, please visit http://festival.raic.org/index_e.htm.