Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

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Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Legal statusActive
PurposeAdvocate and public voice, educator, and network
HeadquartersOttawa, Ontario
Region served
Official language
English, French

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) is a not-for-profit, national organization that has represented architects and architecture for over 100 years, in existence since 1907. The RAIC is the leading voice for excellence in the built environment in Canada, demonstrating how design enhances the quality of life, while addressing important issues of society through responsible architecture. The RAIC’s mission is to promote excellence in the built environment and to advocate for responsible architecture. The organization national office is based in Ottawa with a growing federated chapter model. Current chapters and networks are based in British Columbia, Alberta and Nova Scotia.


RAIC was founded in 1907. It provided a country-level co-ordination among previously-existing provincial architectural groups.[1] Through its journal, the organization provided information to its members about building practices and design considerations in Canada.[2]

In 1948, in anticipation of the confederation of Newfoundland with Canada. Architects there formed the Newfoundland Architects Association, which became a chapter of the RAIC.[3]

After World War II, the RAIC made considerable efforts to develop connections and forums for collaboration between architects and members of related professions, including interior design, arts and crafts.[4] They also worked on developing standards of measurement in the building trades.[5]

In 2000, a study of the organization's Journal showed that the publication had perpetuated gender-based stereotypes about the field of architecture.[6]

In 2006, the RAIC signed on for the 2030 °Challenge, which urges the global architecture community to adopt targets to ensure building practices are carbon-neutral by 2030.

The RAIC presents an annual Conference on Architecture for architects and members to network, earn continuing education credits, and celebrate excellence in architecture. The RAIC also administers a job board and event board for members and the public.


There are three classes of membership in the RAIC: Members (post-nominal letters MRAIC), fellows (FRAIC), and honorary members/fellows (Hon. MRAIC/FRAIC).

Awards and honours sponsored by RAIC[edit]

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  1. ^ Kelly Crossman. Architecture in Transition: From Art to Practice, 1885-1906. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP; 1987. ISBN 978-0-7735-0604-6. p. 15–.
  2. ^ Homes in Alberta: Building, Trends, and Design, 1870-1967. University of Alberta; 1991. ISBN 978-0-88864-223-3. p. 343–.
  3. ^ Robert Mellin. Newfoundland Modern: Architecture in the Smallwood Years, 1949-1972. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP; 17 October 2011. ISBN 978-0-7735-3902-0. p. 260–.
  4. ^ Sandra Alfoldy. Allied Arts: Architecture and Craft in Postwar Canada. MQUP; 28 March 2012. ISBN 978-0-7735-8682-6. p. 3–.
  5. ^ National Research Council (U.S.). Building Research Institute. Conferences. Methods of Building Cost Analysis: Report of a Program Held as Part of the BRI 1961 Fall Conferences. National Academies; 1962. NAP:15348. p. 61–.
  6. ^ Designing Women: Gender and the Architectural Profession. University of Toronto Press; 2000. ISBN 978-0-8020-8219-0. p. 36–.
  7. ^ "RAIC Gold Medal". Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Archived from the original on 16 June 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2009.

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