RAIC College of Fellows elects a new Chancellor

Gerrie Doyle, an Ottawa-based architect and Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, has been elected Chancellor of the RAIC College of Fellows for a three-year term beginning June 2023.

Doyle will succeed Susan Ruptash, FRAIC, from Toronto, who began her term in 2020. Ruptash, decided not to run for a second term.

“I am humbled but honoured to have been elected as the Chancellor of the College of Fellows. Thank you to my nominators and to all those who supported me in this election, as well as all those who voted. During the election period I heard from members about their concerns, and three main issues were most often raised. Firstly, we need to foster greater engagement with our (more diverse) younger generation – including students, interns, new graduates, and young architects. Secondly, members would like to see greater advocacy on their behalf. I believe the RAIC currently engages in a lot of advocacy, and our members should be made more aware of these initiatives. The third issue is that we need to boost representation in the province of Quebec. I would like to increase the RAIC’s membership there, and build a stronger relationship between Quebec and the RAIC College of Fellows. I look forward to working with everyone over the next three years and helping to realize our collective goals going forward,” Doyle concluded.

“As only our second female Chancellor in history, I’d like to sincerely congratulate Gerrie Doyle on her election,” said RAIC President Jason Robbins, FRAIC. “I’m looking forward to the value and perspective she will bring to the Board in her role as Chancellor.”

Gerrie offers over 14 years of volunteering experience with both the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA). Gerrie has been instrumental in the positive changes within the RAIC through her volunteer work on various committees. While serving in various roles on the OAA Council, she served on over ten OAA committees or task groups.