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Donor Appreciation 2022

April 2023

With the support of our generous donors, we had an exciting 2022, launching two new awards and entering into relationships with other like-minded organizations.

Vince Catalli Scholarship for Sustainable Architecture Innovation
This scholarship, open to students from all twelve accredited architecture schools in Canada, was awarded for the first time in 2022. Funded by an endowment from Vince Catalli, and managed by the RAICF, the winner of the inaugural scholarship was Raechal Hamilton of Laurentian University for her project Low Carbon Living: An Alternative (Sub)urban Housing Framework for a Rapidly Growing City.

Raechal’s proposal offers a new medium density courtyard typology to replace carbon intensive, low density suburban sprawl. The runner up for this award was Kevin Jihoon Jo, from the University of Manitoba, whose symbiosis City project transforms a disused railyard into a hub for urban agriculture.

Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation Architectural Conservation Award
Also awarded for the first time in 2022, this award is funded annually by the ALCTF and managed by RAICF. The inaugural winner was Fiona Hamilton of Dalhousie University. Her project ‘Obsolescence as Opportunity.’ offers a toolkit for the conservation and adaptive reuse of a century old warehouse structure in Saint John NB, revitalizing both the building and its associated urban spaces.

2023 RAIC Conference
At the 2023 RAIC Conference, taking place in Calgary from May 3-6, the RAIC Foundation will be co-hosting a session called 'A Foundation for the Future'.

In this session, the RAIC Foundation and the Canadian Architectural Students Association (CASA) will jointly facilitate a panel discussion on priorities for the coming decade. At this critical time, when our profession is confronting the increasingly urgent issues of climate change, social justice, Equity and Indigenous reconciliation; the Foundation’s aim is to adapt and update its awards program to better support the students, interns and young professionals who will be taking on these challenges and shaping our future built environment.

Jim Taggart FRAIC, Executive Director RAIC Foundation
Daniela Devila: president CASA

Time: 10:15-11:15
Date: Saturday May 6
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Calgary
For more information: https://raic.org/conference2023

RAIC IP Student Scholarships
Donations to RAICF fund the student essay writing contest that parallels the bi-annual RAIC International Prize cycle. In 2022, $5000 scholarships went to three winners: Lewis Canning – Dalhousie University; Fabio Lima – University de Montreal and Jesse Martyn – University of BC.

Partnership with Indspire: Building Brighter Futures
Donations also enable us to fund scholarships through Indspire, a national organization that provides financial support to Indigenous students. Our donations are directed to those pursuing a career in architecture and are matched by the federal government, doubling their impact.

Partnership with the Canadian Architectural Students Association (CASA)
In 2022, we reached out to CASA, the organization that represents and connects students at the 12 accredited schools of architecture across the country. With the shared goal of supporting the next generation of architects in Canada, we jointly promoted the RAICF awards program, significantly increasing overall submissions.

On behalf of the students, interns and young architects it supports, RAICF thanks all those who made donations in 2022, and looks forward to working with them all again in the coming year.

Personnel Changes at the Foundation
The Foundation offers its appreciation and best wishes to Trustee and Treasurer, Vince Catalli, who has had to withdraw from both positions, due to unforeseen personal circumstances. Vince will continue as professional advisor to the Vince Catalli Scholarship for Sustainable Architecture Innovation, an award he endowed that was launched in 2022. We thank him for his generosity, energy and enthusiasm during his time with the Foundation.

We welcome his successor, Paule Boutin, and thank her for stepping up at short notice to take over the financial reins of the Foundation. Paule has significant experience in similar roles at both the RAIC and the OAQ, and we look forward to working with her.

Donor Profile: SW Ontario Chapter RAIC College of Fellows
In June 2022, the Southwest Ontario chapter of the RAIC College of Fellows dedicated its annual fundraiser to the RAIC Foundation. We greatly appreciate this generous donation, which was used to advance our core non-endowed initiatives in the areas of social justice, equity and reconciliation. The Chapter has made a similar commitment in relation to its fundraiser in June 2023. We offer our thanks in advance, and look forward to continuing this mutually beneficial relationship.


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