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About Foundation

Mission and Objectives

The Foundation was established in 1964 to strengthen the profession and is governed by a Board of Trustees.


The RAIC Foundation is committed to advancing excellence and knowledge in Canadian architecture by supporting programs that ensure a vibrant place for architecture in Canadian society, the advancement of excellence in architecture, and a strong architectural profession throughout Canada.


  • To promote public discussion of architectural ideas affecting society;
  • To support scholars in advanced research relating to community and the built environment;
  • To support students and interns in their architectural programs.

The RAIC Foundation Trustees oversee the administration of the RAIC Foundation Awards established by bequests from members of the Institute, in addition to its own programs.

Foundation Trustees

Stuart HowardChair
Stuart founded Stuart Howard Architects (SHA’s) in 1977 and celebrates over 43 years positively contributing to the built environment. Stuart’s identity is defined by the exceptional quality of work, innovative designs and creative problem solving. Over the years, Stuart and SHA has participated in a variety of building technologies including single and multi-family residential, institutional facilities projects, and the rehabilitation of buildings. Stuart has been past President of RAIC, AIBC, Chair Committee of Canadian Architectural, Founding Member AIA Canada Chapter, Treasure AIA Canada Society.
Brian HallVice-Chair
Brian is the Managing Director, Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute and the designer of the CPCI's continuing-education program which emphasizes on educating Architects, Engineers and AEC Construction Professionals. Brian is the originator of CPCI Sustainable Strategy which includes: the development of CPCI Precast Concrete Life Cycle Assessment Study, North American Sustainable Plant Program and the CPCI North American Environmental Product Declaration for precast concrete.
Arlene DedierTrustee
B.Arch., Assoc. AIA, LEED GA, PMP
Arlene has an extensive background in architecture and construction in the commercial, industrial, retail, and hospitality industry. With a lifelong interest in design, Arlene began a career in architecture and real estate development following the completion of her architecture degree at Carleton University's School of Architecture. Arlene has a long history of service within her community and CRE industry as a past president of the Washington Real Estate Group, Board member of the DC based Spanish Education Development Center, and former member of the Sponsorship Committee of the African American Real Estate Professionals and Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). She continues her community involvement, through work with Eva’s Phoenix, and Toronto CREW’s Inclusive, Equity, Diversity, and Allyship (IDEA) Committee.
Diarmuid NashTrustee
Diarmuid is a partner at Moriyama + Teshima Architects, he has served the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada as a Board Member, President and most recently as Chancellor of the RAIC College of Fellows. He is a Past President of the Ontario Association of Architects, and currently a lecturer at the Daniels School of Architecture, University of Toronto.
David StubbsTrustee
B.Eng., P.Eng.
David Stubbs is the Executive Director of the Canada Masonry Centre (CMC) and is responsible for the operations of the Ontario Masonry Training Centre, the Ontario and Canadian Masonry Contractors Associations, and the Metropolitan Industrial and Commercial Masonry Contractors, Inc. He is also a past Director of the Canada Masonry Design Centre; and has been responsible for technical publications, educational programs and research at universities across Canada.
Susan RuptashTrustee
Architect, OAA, FRAIC – Chancellor, RAIC College of Fellows
Susan, a Toronto-based architect, was elected as Chancellor of the RAIC College in 2020. A firm believer in diversity and equity, Susan strives to help the College and the Institute become more representative of the many exceptional leaders in our profession. Susan actively contributes to giving back to the profession through mentoring and volunteering.
Paule BoutinTrustee
Paule completed her Bachelor of Architecture at Université Laval in 1982 and has been a member of the Ordre des Architectes du Québec since 1984. She founded the firm Boutin Boissé Architectes in 1986 and has run her own firm Paule Boutin Architecte since 1990. Paule has served many terms as a member of the Board of directors of the OAQ between 1997 and 2011, acting as vice-president and treasurer from 2004 to 2007. Prior to serving a term as president of the RAIC (2008-2009), she had been its regional director for Quebec since 2003.
Vince CatalliTrustee
Sustainability Consultant
Vince Catalli studied architecture at Carleton university, then worked as a student and intern in the offices of KPMB, WZMH and Leonard Koffman. Then, inspired by the Cradle 2 Cradle design philosophy of William McDonough, he dedicated his career to the promotion of sustainable design. As a consultant, he worked in both public and private sectors, most recently on a Climate Change Resilience Plan for Parliament Hill. Vince was appointed a Trustee in 2021 and has endowed a scholarship in Sustainable Design Innovation, to be awarded for the first time in 2022.
Dave EdwardsTrustee
David is a Regina based architect with a busy general practice serving clients in Western Canada. David has served as President of the Saskatchewan Association of Architects, was made a life member in 2010 and has served on the board of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, as President and Dean of the College of Fellows. He is an Honorary member of AIA and FCARM. He is a strong believer in the profession and serves on several national committees that promote education and the profession of architecture.
Jim TaggartExecutive Director
Jim joined the RAICF as Executive Director in January 2018. In addition to this part-time position, he continues working as an instructor in the Bachelor of architectural Science program at BCIT and as Editor of Sustainable Architecture and Building Magazine (SABMag). He is also a multi-award winning author of books including ‘Toward a Culture of Wood Architecture (2011) and ‘The Architecture of Engagement’ (2019).
Julia GersovitzTrustee
O.C. Conservation Architect, Architectural Historian, FRAIC
Julia is a founder of EVOQ Architecture. Over four decades, Julia has established an international reputation as a leader in the theory and practice of conservation architecture. Her ability to reconcile conservation requirements with contemporary expectations has been recognized in numerous award-winning projects including the West Block of Parliament in Ottawa, Toronto's Union Station, the McGill Arts Building and the Harbour Commissioners’ Building in Montreal. Her first conservation project, Maison Alcan, was declared a national monument by the Government of Quebec in 2018.