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RAIC and OAA seeking proposals for 2017 Festival of Architecture


August 2, 2016
by Canadian Architect

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Ontario Association of Architects invite proposals for the presentation of continuing education sessions during the Festival of Architecture to be held May 24-27, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario.

The three-day Festival celebrates the theme of Architecture 150. As Canadians celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary, the RAIC and OAA will pause to consider the role of architecture in creating the built heritage and expressing the culture as we move forward. Architecture profoundly affects people; it forms the buildings and communities that Canadians call home; it reflects the values of society. The work of architects is essential to human well-being, quality of life and economic prosperity. Canadians increasingly appreciate design, yet public awareness of the role of architects is lower than the profession would like. Architects have the skills and creativity to address societal issues such as climate change, disaster preparedness, affordable housing and livable communities. As we solidify the cultural legacy of past generations, how do we re-position architects as the leaders of the complex process of creating the built environment and strengthening the future of our cities?

Festival attendance for 2017 is anticipated to be higher than ever as the RAIC and OAA work together to create a robust and engaging schedule of events for architects from across Canada and the world. The goal is to deliver high-quality learning sessions that include interactive content, inspiring information, innovative ideas and collaborative discussions.

The RAIC and OAA are also soliciting tour proposals for possible inclusion in the festival. They are looking for unique and informative tours that will engage and educate the audience. Conference tours can be architectural or recreational in nature. The goals of the program are to show attendees what the Conference host city has to offer in terms of new architectural projects, heritage projects and exciting attractions and or excursion activities. Architectural tours also provide Continuing Education Opportunities for the membership.

Submissions for Presenters and Tours must be received by September 8, 2016. For more information, please click here.