Annual national RAIC Festival of Architecture will celebrate West Coast style
West Coast creativity will get special attention at the 2011 Festival of Architecture, coming soon to Vancouver. The four-day festival, an Architectural Institute of British Columbia and Architecture Canada | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada partnership, will take place May 24-27, 2011 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Themed “Architecture on the Edge,” the festival will acknowledge the many ways in which the profession continues to push envelopes. Front and centre will be the style and innovation that distinguishes BC architects and architecture. Participants will examine West Coast approaches to place- and space-making, and explore the unique perspective from Canada’s western edge.
“There’s no question that BC architects are continually inspired and challenged by our special surroundings and culture,” says AIBC President Pierre E. Gallant, MAIBC AAA FRAIC. “Our stunning landscape and unique climate allow us an ideal vantage point from which to explore new concepts in form and design, sustainability, livability, and social awareness.”
It is anticipated the festival will bring together some 800 architects and allied professionals from around the province and across the country. Delegates will explore best practices, new challenges, and innovative ways in which architects are leaving their indelible mark on our built and natural environments.
“More than ever, architects are being called upon to find workable, lasting solutions to today’s environmental and societal challenges,” says Architecture Canada | RAIC President Stuart Howard, MAIBC FRAIC. “By showcasing latest trends and fresh perspectives, this festival will provide an ideal opportunity to both educate and inspire.”
The four-day program will include six streams of professional development sessions, numerous feature speakers and a selection of professional recognition celebrations. The festival will culminate with the Presidents’ Dinner & Awards Gala on Friday, May 27, where winners of the 2011 AIBC Architectural Awards and the Architecture Canada | RAIC Awards of Excellence will be celebrated.
For detailed information, please visit the 2011 Festival of Architecture website at http://aibc.ca/vancouver2011/index.shtml.