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
Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) is a Canadian association that represents about 5,000 Canadian architects, faculty, graduates, and students of Canadian schools of architecture. It acts as the voice for architecture and its practice in Canada and provides the national framework for the development and recognition of architectural excellence. The RAIC National Office is located in Ottawa, Ontario.


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 festival of 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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