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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

Festival of Architecture supports a new First Nation Library

In 2015, the RAIC/AAA were able to raise $10,000 as part of its new commitment of supporting local Aboriginal groups or projects. The RAIC will renew this commitment in 2016 by supporting the construction of a new First Nation Library to be built in Nanaimo at Snuneymuxw's First Nation reserve land as part of the highly successful Write to Read program, initiated by Rotarians Lt. Gov. Stephen Point and retired RCMP officer Bob Blacker. If you are interested in donating a financial contribution to this important project, DONATE NOW. For more information on this project, please visit click here.

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.