Come Celebrate Architecture!

Nanaimo Cruise Ship Terminal Building / Nanaimo, BC
Checkwitch Poiron Architects Inc.
Photo: HA Photography

Ladysmith Resource Centre / Ladysmith, BC
D'Ambrosio Architecture + Urbanism
Photo: Courtesy of D'Ambrosio Architecture + Urbanism

Vancouver Island University - Deep Bay Marine Field Station / Deep Bay, BC
McFarland Marceau Architects
Photo: Michael Elkan

Sechelt Water Resource Centre / Sechelt, BC
PUBLIC Architecture + Communication

Tula House / Quadra Island, BC
Patkau Architects
Photo: James Dow / Patkau Architects

École Mer-et-montagne / Campbell River, BC
McFarland Marceau Architects
Photo: Derek Lepper

19 Captain Kidd Terrace / Protection Island, Nanaimo, BC
Mackin Tanaka Architects
Photo: Yellowcamera

Shutters / Victoria, BC
James K. M. Cheng Architects
Photo: Paul Warchol

Ucluelet Aquarium / Ucluelet, BC
Helliwell + Smith • Blue Sky Architecture
Photo: Christopher Pouget

House for Booklovers / Sidney Island, BC
Helliwell + Smith • Blue Sky Architecture
Photo: Gillean Proctor

Saturna Island House / Saturna Island, BC
Gates_Suter Architects

Vancouver Island University, Cowichan Campus / Duncan, BC
Garyali Architect Inc.

First Peoples House / Victoria, BC
Formline Architecture + Urbanism
Photo: Nic Lehoux

Island House / Ladysmith, BC
D’Arcy Jones Architecture
Photo: D’Arcy Jones

Reliable Controls / Victoria, BC
D'Ambrosio Architecture + Urbanism
Photo: Sama

Gambier II / Gambier Island, BC
BattersbyHowat Architects
Photo: Sama J. Canzian

Gambier I / Gambier Island, BC
BattersbyHowat Architects
Photo: Ivan Hunter

The Atrium / Victoria, BC
D’Ambrosio Architecture + Urbanism

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) heads to Nanaimo B.C. with a 2016 Festival of Architecture that is designed to engage the public as well as architects from across the country.

The four-day Festival celebrates the theme of CONNEXIONS within a landscape that exemplifies the concept. Architects will connect with each other and, through a series of special events open to the public, connect with the Vancouver Island community.


CONNEXIONS begins with a panel of eminent architects. They will explore how architectural design shapes the places where we live and work while responding to the social and cultural heritage and the environment. Each speaker will present their views, the audience will ask questions, and together they will generate ideas for the following day’s charrette.

CONNEXIONS continues the conversation at Diana Krall Plaza, where the public will have the opportunity to view charrette participants envisioning creative solutions for an architectural and planning challenge in Nanaimo.

CONNEXIONS concludes with a round-table discussion of the charrette results. Speakers will address the political, social and cultural factors that influence successful implementation of design ideas and the creation of meaningful architecture that connects with its community.

The 2016 RAIC Festival of Architecture –CONNEXIONS– takes place at the Nanaimo Convention Centre, June 8-11, 2016.

A reminder of the coming RAIC 2016
Festival of Architecture, June 08-11, 2016 Nanaimo, BC

More than just break-out seminars - this Festival is
different from the past!

This year, the Festival program has been designed to give delegates an interactive educational and a social architectural experience. In addition, a public program has been developed to showcase and advocate to the community excellence in our profession and architecture.


Join us for all four days
Possible max. 24 credits

Full Delegate Package that includes just about EVERYTHING!!
Welcome Coast Salish Reception Cocktail
Plenaries, Charettes & Roundtable discussions
All Continuing Education Sessions and Tours
President’s Dinner & Awards Gala
Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s breakfasts, lunches and coffee breaks
The Closing Street Party is an extra but will be well worth it!!

– OR –

Come for just one day!
Possible max. 6 or 9 credits/day

Morning Plenary or Charette
Afternoon Continuing Education Sessions and Tours
Breakfast and Lunch for the day


Here is a snapshot of what’s happening at the festival.


Coast Salish Welcome Reception
Wednesday, June 8, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm | Cruise Ship Terminal Building
Credits: 1.0 unstructured
This event offers a First Nations inspired experience on the waterfront with some traditional First-Nations cuisine and dancing to celebrate the cultural richness of First Nations across the West Coast, Vancouver Island and Nanaimo.

RAIC President’s Cocktail Reception, Dinner & Awards Gala
Friday, June 10, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm | The Vancouver Island Conference Centre
A special event that honours this year’s RAIC award recipients. Join us when we celebrate 2016 excellence in our architects' achievements.

Festival of Architecture Closing Street Party
Saturday, June 11, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm | Commercial Street in Downtown Nanaimo
Voted Canada’s Greatest Street in 2011 by the Canadian Institute of Planners. Join us for an evening of art displays, entertainment and celebration as we bring Festival 2016 to a close by taking Commercial Street and the Diana Krall Plaza over for pedestrian access and entertainment only! Festival delegates will be armed with all of the supplies they will need to help create a memorable last evening amongst peers and our local community. You won’t want to miss this illuminating event.


A Big Room Plenary : Small is Big – Architectural Connexions to our Community
Credits 3.0 structured -- Thursday, June 9 @ 8:45-12noon
A dialogue about ARCHITECTURE! with a focus on community followed by a question/discussion, an opportunity to participate & contribute to the dialogue. Moderated by Shirley Blumberg of KPMB Architects, who is not only passionate about architecture and community but engaged and current. Her panel represents a dynamic knowledge base that brings perspectives from small communities to the large urban centre of New York, from different cultural backgrounds and generations.

A Design Charrette
Credits 3.0 structured -- Friday, June 10 @ 8:30-12noon
Be part of a brainstorming design session for six Nanaimo downtown sites. If you have never been part of a charrette before, it is an exciting opportunity to exchange ideas with your peers for challenging architectural/urban sites. This will take place outdoors under tents where the community can come and watch how ideas are created. Ideas that may just change the face of the city – for the better!

Roundtable Plenary : Architectural Connexions that Last
Credits 2.0 structured - Saturday, June 11 @ 8:00-10:45am
A roundtable discussion that brings together the ideas, issues and topics from the architectural dialogue and the design charrette to explore the challenges of implementation. Great Ideas often “sit on the shelf”. Implementation is the final step of creating architecture in our community and how it is done determines its ultimate success.

A discussion facilitated by Shirley Blumberg of KPMB Architects, with a panel with architectural perspectives representing our island coastal communities and First Nations community. We are also honoured to have the Mayor of Victoria join us in this important discussion. Again, this will be followed by a question-discussion session.

Standard Con. Ed Breakout sessions
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
1.5 Credits each session

Con. Ed Tours
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
1.5 - 6.0 Credits each tour


BUT wait ....there is more.

Check out the WEBSITE about the walking tours, sketching and exhibits, river trips and canoe paddling activities!

AND .... the Vancouver Island High School Student Design Competition - A Parklet

Hope to see you at the Festival!