Chapter Update September 2021

Dear AIA members and friends across the world,

I like to think that we have risen to the challenges that the pandemic has thrown at us. I cannot stress how grateful and impressed I am with how everyone has adapted to the most difficult of times. We have learned new social connection skills, and no doubt will be using these in the future.

In July 2021, to serve the diverse national membership, the Chapter created a short survey concerning members’ needs and interests for future program offerings. Leadership will use the information to plan future events, online and in person, and to align the chapter strategy.

The 2021 AIA Canada Design Awards were launched in August, and include the AIA Canada Student Architecture Award, the “New Talent Discovery of the Year”. The student award is an annual program to celebrate higher education students and recent graduates who have proven their dedication to the fields of architecture, interior, planning, landscape and urban design. The Chapter is pleased to announce that James Wright, FAIA, 2016-2017 AIA International president, is the Jury Chair this year.

Furthermore, I am pleased to announce that in September, the AIA Canada Society agreed to have Canadian Architect serve as the Official Magazine of the AIA Canada Society for a period of five years.

Finally, the Chapter is preparing for the 2021 AGM, and, most importantly, for the Chapter leadership elections. The AIA Canada Society Board of Directors will have three positions coming available in January 2022: Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

On behalf of the AIA Canada Board of Directors and volunteer team, thank you for your contribution to the profession.

Dr. Adam Pantelimon
Intl. Assoc. AIA, FRIBA
President, AIA Canada Society