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OAA Celebrates World Architecture Day and Theme of Housing for All

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, wearing her insignia as Chancellor and Member of the Order of Ontario and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal   Photo by: V. Tony Hauser

The 2019 World Architecture Day, with events and initiatives occurring around the globe, is on Monday, October 7. Earlier this year, the International Union of Architects (UIA) announced the theme as "Architecture... Housing for All."

To mark the occasion, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, offers the following greeting (which can also be read here):

Happy World Architecture Day!

Place matters: our identity is shaped by the natural and built environments around us, and by the perspectives of those who share them with us. Through their vision, creativity, and technical skill—and above all their empathy—architects have the power to change the way we understand our surroundings and each other.

I happily join you today in paying tribute to the role of architects in building accessible, safe, liveable, vibrant, and sustainable communities. So too do I thank the Ontario Association of Architects for its dedication to advancing the profession in both this province and around the world.

Please accept my best wishes for an enjoyable celebration

The OAA traditionally celebrates World Architecture Day with a reception for Members of Provincial Parliament at Queen's Park, coinciding with the reveal of the year’s Queen’s Park Picks—eight examples of great Ontario architecture, chosen from a list of MPPs' favourite buildings. (To see past selections, click here.)

However, this year's parliamentary calendar was changed, with a new event date set for December 10 at which the OAA will now announce this year's Queen's Park Picks. While the list is a closely guarded secret, the selections again comprise a wide cross-section of building types that showcase the diversity within the province’s built environment.