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POP // CAN // CRIT 2019: The Education & Emergence of Architects in Canada

26 October 2019

Time: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, October 26, 2019

Location: Design Exchange | 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 
Panel 2: The Architect
Panel 3: The Alternate
Roundtable: The Future of Architectural Practice + 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
  • David Fortin, MRAIC, Architect, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of the School of Architecture, Laurentian University
  • 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.

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