Date: Exhibition Opening and Reception Tuesday, May 29th – 17:00 – 19:00
Location: New Brunswick Museum

This exhibition provides an introduction to the rich architectural heritage of the city. It also gives an appreciation that architectural ideas from Britain and the eastern United States often reached the Maritime provinces first because of geography and the strong 19th-century presence of architectural practitioners. The exhibit updates a 1992 show mounted by the New Brunswick Museum; at that time, the RAIC and AANB were co-publishers with the museum of the exhibition catalogue. The official opening for both delegates and the public will be on the evening of Tuesday, May 29 in the museum lobby adjacent to the Market Square Atrium. Delegates may also view the show during the official opening reception of the RAIC/AANB Festival of Architecture on May 30 in the museum lobby and Market Square Atrium.

New Brunswick Museum Hours:

Monday-Wednesday & Friday: 9:00 - 17:00
Thursday: 9:00 - 21:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 17:00

Image provided by the New Brunswick Museum. NBM-MNB 1990.23.1.

Date: May 30th, 2018
Time: 19:00 - 22:00
Location: New Brunswick Museum and Market Square atrium

Kick off the Festival on Wednesday, May 30 at the Opening Reception starting at 7:00 p.m. at the New Brunswick Museum and Market Square atrium. Here, you'll enjoy sponsored food and drink stations, and entertainment in an expansive three-story atrium. Meet and mingle with delegates who share your interests and passions and don't forget to throw a coin and make a wish at the indoor fountain.

Date: May 31st, 2018
Time: 12:15 - 13:45
Location: Loyalist

The luncheon, featuring keynote speaker architect Odile Decq, promises to be one of the highlights of the conference.

Decq is an award-winning French architect, urban planner, and academic. Founder of the Paris firm Studio Odile Decq, her portfolio ranges from art galleries and museums to social housing and infrastructure. In 2016, she won The Architectural Review’s Jane Drew Prize for promoting the role of women in architecture. She will be speaking on this subject during her keynote address.


Date: May 31st, 2018
Time: 17:45 - 18:30
Location: Picaroons General Store, 32 Canterbury Street, Saint John, NB

In partnership with Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT), the Architects’ Association of New Brunswick (AANB) is pleased to announce our own Atlantic Canada initiative which will launch mentoring events and networking opportunities for women in the architectural profession.  Through this initiative we hope to leverage an opportunity for men, women, students and practitioners to connect with women leaders and mentors in our profession.

BEAT was formed in October 2015 by a team of dedicated architects and designers with the support of local established architects.  It is an independent organization dedicated to supporting equality and diversity in the profession of architecture through advocacy, community engagement and professional development. BEAT creates events and web content, provides mentorship, networking and leadership opportunities.

We are hoping to have a successful turnout at the 2018 RAIC/AANB Festival of Architecture in Saint John, New Brunswick.  Everyone is welcome to attend this specific event in support of this great initiative. We’re looking forward to sharing ideas on how we can propel this project in eastern Canada.

To capture this momentous occasion, a photographer is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. to take a group photo of all women in attendance.  We would encourage your attendance as we chart our journey – getting there from here!

Date: May 31st, 2018
Time: 19:00 - 22:00
Location: Imperial Theatre / University of New Brunswick’s Grand Hall

The RAIC College of Fellows Convocation on Thursday, May 31, starts at 7 p.m. at the Imperial Theatre, where the College of Fellows will formally recognize RAIC members and distinguished laypersons who have made outstanding contributions to the profession.

Diébédo Francis Kéré, a Berlin-based architect from Burkina Faso, will deliver the keynote address. With projects across Africa and in Europe, China and India, Kéré is known for combining traditional building techniques and materials with modern engineering methods. The designer of the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion in London, Kéré’s first project, a primary school in his home village of Gando, won the 2004 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Kéré will be inducted into the College as an Honorary Fellow, along with French architect and educator Odile Decq and Past Chancellors of the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows, John Sorrenti, and William J. Stanley III.

The ceremony also recognizes graduates of the RAIC Syllabus Program. A cocktail reception will follow at the University of New Brunswick’s Grand Hall.

Date: June 1st, 2018
Time: 9:30 - 15:30
Location: Loyalist / Marco Polo (TCC)

Trade Show 2018 is a one-day showcase for exhibitors and design professionals from across Canada to meet, discover new products and innovations, and discuss potential business opportunities. Lunch will also be provided.

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Date: June 1st, 2018 
Time: 14:00 - 15:00 
Location: Montagu I/II/III / Spencer I/II/III

To ensure delegates are on the leading edge, the 20-minute “Emerging Trend” sessions will profile new trends, techniques or products.

Date: June 1st, 2018
Time: 18:00 - 22:00
Location: Marco Polo (TCC)

The celebratory highlight of the conference! This must-attend event, starting at 6:00 p.m., honours and recognizes those individuals and teams whose dedication to architecture has led to exceptional achievements in design excellence, sustainability, innovation and more. Come, enjoy and be inspired!

Date: June 2nd, 2018
Time: 19:00 - 22:00
Location: Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal

Highlighting Saint John, from food to local talent, the Closing Party is a time to celebrate architecture and your memorable East Coast experience! This event will take place at the Diamond Jubilee Cruise Ship Terminal on the Saint John waterfront with a rooftop offering a 360-degree view of the city.

Join your fellow delegates, friends, and guests for a wrap-up “Kitchen Party” catered by Saint John Ale House co-owner and Chef, Jesse Vergen.

"I’m very excited to be part of the 2018 Festival of Architecture Kitchen Party,” says Vergen. “The Saint John Ale House will present you with a family style lobster dinner from the Bay of Fundy. We promise you some Maritime flavors with Saint John, New Brunswick’s amazing culinary scene."  

Different Folk, a group that combines a melodious mix of Maritime music with contemporary arrangements of Celtic favorites, will provide the entertainment. A generous helping of foot-stomping fiddling from Different Folk is just what you need to will get the party started!

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The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Architects' Association of New Brunswick have partnered to present the 2018 Festival of Architecture May 30 - June 2 in Saint John.

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