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.

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: Catered by: Biagio Ristorante
Location: St. Lawrence Hall (The Great Hall, 3rd Floor), 157 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:

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.

Sponsored by:

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.
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

RAIC Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Date: October 26, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Venue: Westin Harbour Castle
Location: Frontenac/Queens Quay

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: Metropolitan East (NE Corner) / Dockside 1/2/3

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!
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!

October 29, 2019

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

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:

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

Save the Date – More details coming soon.
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.
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Hej Canada! B2B Matchmaking Event
Date: Tuesday, October 29
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto

In our interconnected world, various forms of international partnerships are created and Canada presents an attractive marketplace for collaboration. Danish architecture is increasingly looking to Canada because of similar cultural values, climate, and low barriers to entry.

Join small and medium-sized Danish architecture firms looking to learn more about the Canadian market, share ideas, and discuss potential joint-venture partnerships for unique projects across Canada at the RAIC Festival of Architecture B2B match-making event.

The RAIC is presenting the matchmaking event together with the Danish Association of Architectural Firms and the Danish Trade Council in Toronto.

Participants will be asked to choose three of the six available topics for 20-minute “speed roundtable” discussions, with a one-hour networking session and refreshments to follow.


• Circular Economy • Green Building and Material Innovation • Landscape Architecture and Public Space • Residential – High-Rise, Mid-Rise & Low-Rise • Cultural and Institutional Projects • Healthcare and Master Planning

Confirmed attendance from the following Danish organizations:

ARKITEMA ARCHITECTS CHRISTENSEN & CO NORD Architects: COBE Architects Danish Association of Architectural Firms

The event is free for delegates with full Festival passes or October 29 day passes. Space is limited to 70 participants, so sign up today!

To add this to your Festival schedule, please click the "Modify Personal Information" button below then enter your email address and confirmation number. You can find your confirmation number listed at the top of your festival registration confirmation email.
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 Vishaan Chakrabarti, FAIA, Ivenue Love-Stanley, FAIA, Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA and Denise Scott Brown, FAIA (in absentia) as Honourary Fellows of the RAIC.

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

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

Join us at The Goodman Pub & Kitchen for a casual wrap-up dinner and evening of entertainment. Details to come.