Venue: Design Exchange
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Date: October 26, 2019
Location: 234 Bay St, Toronto

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.

POP // CAN // CRIT 2019 will explore the topic of education and emergence of architects in Canada. The first panel, The Student // The Intern, will look at the student and intern experiences, including professional practice in education, mentorship, and exam support, and the disconnects between architectural education and practice. Panel Two, The Architect, will shift the discussion to the professional practice of architecture, beginning with a look at the first five years of emergence. It will also look at the role and opportunities for continuing education in Canada, and the needs of the emerging practitioner in building an architectural practice. The final panel, The Alternate, explores the other opportunities available to those with a professional degree in architecture. This will include alternative paths to licensure, alternative types of practice and careers, and the role of the PhD in supporting architectural research and practice. The day will close with a Roundtable on The Future of Architectural Practice and Education in Canada.

Panel Topics: 

Panel 1: The Student // The Intern
The first panel, The Student // The Intern, will look at their respective experiences. This will include current pedagogies of architectural education related to practice, the role of design studios, the importance of professional practice and practice-based learning at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, the importance of mentorship in the intern experience, the need for exam support, and ultimately the potential disconnects between architectural education, the internship process, and professional practice.

Panel 2: The Architect
Panel Two, The Architect, will shift the discussion from the student or intern, to the professional practice of architecture, beginning with a look at the first five years of emergence. This discussion will include advice for newly licensed interns on shaping a career path, the areas of support currently available for building a career and/or practice in architecture, and the need for established practitioners to support emerging architects, with an eye to the future of the profession. It will also look at the role and opportunities for continuing education in Canada, the needs of the emerging practitioners in pursuit of building an architectural practice, and the growing concerns over succession planning.

Panel 3: The Alternate

The final panel, The Alternate, will explore other opportunities available to those with a professional degree or background / experience in architecture. This will include alternative paths to licensure, alternative types of practice including critical and art-based, alternative or tangential careers related to architecture, and the role of the PhD in supporting architectural research and the practice. The panel will also look at the role of communications and advocacy as allied supports for the profession.

Roundtable: The Future of Architectural Practice + Education in Canada
The day will close with a roundtable focused on the future of architectural practice and education in Canada.

Confirmed Speakers:
Stephan Chevalier, architecte-associé, Chevalier Morales Architectes
Toon Dreessen, FRAIC, OAA, AIA, LEED AP, President and Architect, Architects DCA
Heather Dubbeldam, FRAIC, OAA, LEED AP
Zahra Ebrahim, BA, MDes, Client Leadership at Doblin
Ksenia Eic, MRAIC, Architect, RAIC Emerging Practitioners Steering Committee
Omar Gandhi, MRAIC, Architect + Owner, Omar Gandhi Architecture
Sascha Hastings, BA, MA, Masters course in Business for Arts and Culture, Independent Arts Producer, Curator, Writer, and Editor
Andrew King, FRAIC, Senior Partner and Design Principal at Lemay, Adjunct Professor at McGill School of Architecture
Elsa Lam, FRAIC, PhD, Editor, Canadian Architect
Lisa Landrum, MRAIC, PhD, Associate Dean (Research), Associate Head, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Manitoba
Ana Maria Llanos, Architect + Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects
Sergio Morales, architecte-associé, Chevalier Morales Architectes
Richard Sommers, Dean of the University of Toronto John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
John Stevenson, MRAIC, Architect, OAA Past President

Registration for POP // CAN // CRIT is available as a stand-alone event (“Special Event ONLY”) or in conjunction with RAIC Festival 2019. All registrations will include online access to the event recording for one year and a RAIC Continuing Education Certificate of Attendance.

Website: For more information, please visit www.popcancrit.ca
For event registration, please see below.

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Add-ons
Water Bottle: $25 + applicable taxes (pick up at event only)

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