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2019 Plenary - An Architecture Policy for Canada

A special morning plenary session allowed attendees to learn  more about the “Architecture Policy for Canada” initiative. Still in development, the aspirational document would describe how the built environment contributes to social, cultural and economic well-being while also providing guidance to politicians, professionals and the public on how to achieve more sustainable, just, and inspiring communities.

Darryl Condon (chair, National Subcommittee Developing the Architecture Policy for Canada) introduced the larger topic before giving the floor to Nathalie Dion, the president of Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ). She discussed the approach taken in her province, as well as the components of a white paper shared with Quebec architects and the public, that covered topics such as heritage vision, sustainability, universal design and public commissions as exemplary practice.

Lisa Landrum, an associate professor and associate dean at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Architecture, next discussed how and why Canada’s 12 architecture schools should be involved with this important initiative before professor Laura Lee, FAIA, Hon RAIA, took the stage to explore how the profession must continue to evolve and react to the changing environment.

The creation of an Architectural Policy for Canada is a multidisciplinary enterprise, integrating knowledge and building collaboration across the design, planning, and construction industries, and various sectors of government. This particular session served as one of the largest consultation/awareness events associated with the development of the policy’s framework and principles, which is being led by Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA), with the support of the Canadian Council of University Schools of Architecture (CCUSA) and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).

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