Special Events

October 25, 2019

6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

RAIC International Prize Gala
Date: October 25, 2019
Time: Cocktail - 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Dinner - 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Venue: Westin Harbour Castle
Location: Frontenac Foyer and Frontenac Ballroom

NEW Opportunity – purchase a table for your friends and family at a reduced price of $1,600

The RAIC International Prize is a unique recognition for architecture that is transformative and that expresses values of humanism and democracy. The award of $100,000 was created in 2013 by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and its Foundation together with Raymond Moriyama, one of Canada’s most notable architects, reflecting his commitment to architecture with social relevance.

In addition, three RAIC International Prize Scholarships will be awarded to students attending Canadian architecture programs.

This will be the third time that the biennial prize is awarded to either a Canadian or international architect. Join us for an exciting Gala as the winner is unveiled.

Thank you to our event sponsor!

October 27, 2019

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

College of Fellows Annual Business Meeting and Luncheon
Date: October 27, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Venue: Biagio Ristorante
Location: 155 King Street East Toronto, ON M5C 1G9

The College of Fellows Annual Business Meeting and Luncheon is open to Fellows ONLY, registration is required. The cost is $125 per person.

Sponsored by:

5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

RAIC Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Date: October 27, 2019
Time: 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
Venue: Westin Harbour Castle
Location: Queens Quay
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

RAIC Festival Opening Reception
Date: October 27, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Venue: Westin Harbour Castle
Location: Trade Show (Metropolitan Ballroom- East & Centre)

New for 2019, the Opening Reception will kick off the opening of the Trade Show starting at 7:00 PM. Enjoy food and drink stations and entertainment while you meet and mingle with delegates who share your interests and passions. During this event you’ll also be able to participate in the Architectural Hat Competition by visiting trade show booths to collect your materials and assembling your unique creation. Make sure to wear your attention-getting headpieces at the President’s Dinner and Awards Gala where they will be judges for a chance to win one of three prizes! Click here to register for the competition.

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10:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Emerging Practitioners (EP) After Party
Date: October 27, 2019
Time: 10:00 PM - Late
Venue: Firkin on Harbour (10 Yonge Street, Toronto)
Location: TBC

More details coming soon...

October 26, 2019

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

POP // CAN // CRIT 2019: Education and Emergence of Architects in Canada
Date: October 26, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Venue: 234 Bay St, Toronto
Location: Design Exchange

POP // CAN // CRIT is an annual national symposium that promotes excellence in architecture through constructive, critical, professional, and academic discourses on contemporary practice and its peripheries. POP // CAN // CRIT explores the in-between spaces of the profession to challenge the ways we see and understand architecture, current practices, contemporary issues, and to propose new solutions for the future of architecture in Canada.

For more information, visit the POP // CAN // CRIT event page.

October 28, 2019

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Emerging Practitioners (EP) Meeting
Date: October 28, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Venue: Westin Harbour Castle
Location: Bay room

Meeting set up by the RAIC Emerging Practitioners to garner feedback from architectural students, interns and recently licensed architects. This meeting is open to all emerging practitioners attending the festival and will go over next year's planned events and initiatives and short and long term goals for the committee. Your input and ideas are welcome!
3:20 PM - 4:20 PM

RAIC Chapters: Chat and Mingle
When: Monday, Oct. 28, 3:20 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.
Where: Learning Lounge, Metropolitan Ballroom East

Please join us to find out about the amazing local initiatives happening in the RAIC’s newest Chapters and Networks.

Are you active in an existing RAIC Network of Chapter? Or are you curious to find out more about local networks starting up in your area?

RAIC members will share the local initiatives happening in their communities through the RAIC’s new Chapter and Network Initiatives. Find out about the future development of more Chapters across the country. Have a chance to give feedback about what you need in your community. Find out how you can get involved. Network with active volunteers from across the country. Everyone is welcome.
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Dalhousie Architecture Alumni Reception - RAIC
When: Mon, 28 October 2019 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
Where: Westin Harbour Castle Chartroom Bar and Lounge 1 Harbour Square Toronto, ON M5J 2G4

Attention Alumni and Friends of Tech, TUNS and Dalhousie Architecture: Joanne Firth, Director of Career Services and Anne Swan, Alumni Engagement Officer, invite you to join them at: The School of Architecture’s RAIC Alumni Reception Come reconnect with old friends, meet new ones, and hear about the exciting initiatives taking place at the School.
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

President’s Reception, Dinner and Awards Gala
Date: October 28, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Venue: Westin Harbour Castle
Location: Frontenac Foyer and Frontenac Ballroom

The celebratory highlight of the conference! This must-attend event, starting at 6:00 p.m., honours and recognizes those individuals and teams whose dedication to architecture has led to exceptional achievements in design excellence, sustainability, innovation, and more. Come, enjoy, and be inspired!

Dee Dee Taylor Hannah will act as emcee. She is a Toronto architect, interior designer, developer, and project manager who has brought design to a wide audience through television, radio, and newspapers – including as a three-time guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Read more

Make sure to wear your attention-getting headpieces at the President’s Dinner and Awards Gala where they will be judges for a chance to win one of three prizes! Click here to register for the competition. Register for the competition for a chance to win one of three prizes.

Thank you to our sponsor!

October 29, 2019

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

CACB Training Session on Architectural Accreditation
Date: October 29, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Venue: Westin Harbour Castle
Location: Wellington

The CACB-CCCA is pleased to announce its training session on Architectural Accreditation to be held in Toronto, Ontario, on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, in conjunction with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Festival of Architecture 2019.

The training consists of two sessions; one intended for the University Architectural  Programs and the other one for Accreditation Visiting Team Members. These sessions will provide core information about architectural accreditation and advice in preparing for and conducting an accreditation visit based on the updated (2017 Version) Conditions and Terms for Accreditation as well as the Procedures for Accre
The two training sessions (courses) will be held in the Wellington Room, at Westin Harbour Castle, 1 Harbour Square, Toronto, ON M5J 1A6:

  • 8:30 am-11:30 am: CACB-100A: Architectural Accreditation Visits Preparation For the Architectural Programs; and
  • 1:30 pm-4:30 pm: CACB-100B: Architectural Accreditation Visits Preparation For the Visiting Team Members.

The training session qualifies for Continuing Education Learning Hours and, if requested, a Certificate of Course Completion will be provided to attendees.

To register, please RSVP via email to info@cacb.ca.
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

RAIC EP Award Winner Breakfast Talk
When: Tuesday, October 29, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Where: Perkins + Will, 110 Yonge Street, Toronto

Hear RAIC 2019 Young Architect Award co-winner Jessie Andjelic discuss her journey from career beginnings to now, and the values and inspirations that inform her work. Enjoy light refreshments and the opportunity to meet with other young professionals. This event is open to all architecture students, interns, and emerging practitioners attending Festival. Light refreshments to be served. This event is free but requires advanced registration. Limited spaces available. To confirm your attendance for the talk, register through the general Festival registration process.

Thank you to our venue sponsor:

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Foundation Luncheon
Date: October 29, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Venue: Westin Harbour Castle
Location: Frontenac Ballroom

The RAIC Foundation luncheon will feature a presentation by Alan M. Jones, President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, on the topic of contemporary professionalism.

About the presentation:
Numerous risks and opportunities are facing United Kingdom architects in practice and education. Alan Jones will explore how they could be addressed in an “upward spiral” enhancing the role and value of architects and architecture.

Thank you to our sponsors!

7:00 PM - 10:30 PM

RAIC College of Fellows and Syllabus Program Convocation
Date: October 29, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Venue: The Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor Street West
Location: Koerner Hall

The RAIC College of Fellows Convocation and Syllabus Convocation will be held at the Royal Conservatory of Music, where the College of Fellows will formally recognize RAIC members and distinguished laypersons who have made outstanding contributions to the profession. The ceremony also recognizes graduates of the RAIC Syllabus Program.

The College of Fellows will also recognize and celebrate the induction of Renzo Piano (in absentia), Vishaan Chakrabarti, FAIA, Ivenue Love-Stanley, FAIA, Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA and Denise Scott Brown, FAIA (in absentia) as Honourary Fellows of the RAIC.

The RAIC is delighted to announce that Bernard Plattner with over 40 years of experience working, and a senior partner, at the prestigious Renzo Piano Building Workshop, will be delivering the keynote address. This is due to the unfortunate news that Renzo Piano, due to personal reasons, will be unable to attend. Plattner will also be accepting the honourary fellowship on Piano’s behalf.

A cocktail reception will follow in the lobby of Koerner Hall.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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October 30, 2019

12:00 PM - 1:45 PM

RAIC Foundation Fundraising Lunch
Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Venue:  Westin Harbour Castle
Location: Frontenac Ballroom

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Participate in the RAIC Foundation’s inaugural Silent Auction and help support the next generation of Canadian architects.

The RAIC Foundation will be hosting a silent auction at the 2019 RAIC Festival in Toronto, with winners announced during the Foundation’s Fundraising Lunch on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. The donated items for auction will be on display at the RAIC booth in the Trade Show from October 28 to 30 at the RAIC Festival.

We are asking members, firms, suppliers, organizations, and community businesses to help support our scholarships and bursaries by donating items to the auction.
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

RAIC Festival Closing Party
Date: October 30, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: The Goodman Pub & Kitchen


We’re taking over a fabulous pub venue in Toronto for the Festival of Architecture closing party. Join your colleagues at the Goodman Pub & Kitchen for a fun evening of food and music. This final event is a five-minute-walk from the Westin Harbour Castle and will feature an open bar, food stations, appetizers and dancing until late!

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