RAIC Fellow, well met: Stantec’s Noel Best

Vancouver-based architect Noel Best was inducted as Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute Canada (RAIC) at the Festival of Architecture in Calgary on June 4. The College of Fellows of the RAIC bestows Fellowship in recognition of outstanding achievement. Criteria include design excellence, exceptional scholarly contribution or distinguished service to the profession or the community. In total, 36 Fellows from across Canada were inducted into the College of Fellows in 2015.

Says Best, “It is really gratifying to be recognized by your peers. I’ve had a long, but somewhat low-profile career. It means a lot to be recognized for my work. This honour not only acknowledges the contribution to architecture, but to the broader community and culture.” 

Over the past 20 years, Best’s work at Stantec has spanned the globe. From the Museum of Anthropology Renewal in Vancouver, to the Nassau Airport in the Bahamas, to the Canadian Chancery in London, to the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre, to YVR Pier C, his projects integrate art, culture and innovation while providing a positive customer experience. Best is the recipient of two Lieutenant Governor Generals Awards of Excellence: one for the contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver and the other for the Liu Center of Global Studies at the University of British Columbia.

Peter Wreglesworth, a senior principal in Architecture says, “Noel is an excellent example of the positive impact and quiet influence an architect can have in the service of his client’s interest in creating architecture that provides excellent, enduing value to our communities. Noel is highly regarded and is an outstanding emissary of our profession. As his primary nominator, I am very pleased to see him be elected a Fellow of the RAIC as recognition of his contribution to architecture in Canada.

Says Stanis Smith, executive V-P of Buildings.“It has been my pleasure and privilege over the years to work with Noel on several of our high-profile projects, and I cannot think of a more deserving candidate to be elected as an FRAIC given his distinguished career and lifelong commitment to design excellence.” 

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) is a voluntary national association, representing 5,000 members. The RAIC advocates for excellence in the built environment, works to demonstrate how design enhances the quality of life and promotes responsible architecture in addressing important issues of society.


“We’re active members of the communities we serve. That’s why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind.” 

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