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Architecture Canada | RAIC and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects are proud to present this year’s Festival of Architecture from June 13 to 16 at the Delta St. John’s Hotel and Conference Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

An annual celebration of the art of architecture and its crucial role in our daily lives, this year’s festival will bring together architects, designers, decision-makers, and industry leaders around the theme “Deep Roots in a New Energy City.”

World-renowned Vancouver architect Peter Cardew, FRAIC, will present a keynote address during the Presidents’ Dinner & Awards Gala and receive the 2012 RAIC Gold Medal – the highest honour Architecture Canada | RAIC bestows.

Other highlights include a public lecture during the festival’s Opening Reception by Peter Busby, FRAIC, winner of six Governor General Awards and 11 Lieutenant Governor Awards, and a founder of the Canada Green Building Council.

Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medallist Ted Cullinan, Hon. FRAIC, will present the keynote address at the RAIC College of Fellows and Syllabus Convocation where he will be awarded Honourary Fellowship.

Other events explore the unique local architectural heritage of St. John’s and Newfoundland. A plenary session by award-winning heritage architect Robert Mellin, FRAIC, examines the province’s modernist architecture and archaeologist Gerald Penney draws on 30 years as a heritage consultant to reflect on the past and future of St. John’s during one of the festival’s luncheons.

An innovative addition to this year’s schedule is the New Energy Public Architecture Studio. In cooperation with Dalhousie University School of Architecture and Planning, Masters of Architecture students, professors, local practitioners and developers will join together for a day-long design studio examining the role of public architecture in manifesting cultural values through the design of civic institutions.

Architecture Canada | RAIC and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects is pleased to note and wish to thank the Cement Association of Canada for their generous support of the Festival as Patron sponsor.

Media are welcome to attend, for more information, visit http://festival.raic.org.

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada is a voluntary national association established in 1907 as the voice for architecture and its practice in Canada. Representing more than 4,600 members, the RAIC is the leading voice of architecture in Canada whose mission is:

  • To affirm that architecture matters;
  • To celebrate the richness and diversity of architecture in Canada; and
  • To support architects in achieving excellence.