Architect, historian, cultural proponent and emcee of the Presidents' Dinner and Awards Gala, John Leroux has worked at award-winning architecture firms in Toronto, Atlanta, and Fredericton, and was selected to be a team member in Canada’s entry at the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture. He has won numerous awards for architectural and public art projects throughout Canada, and has taught at St. Thomas University, the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design and the University of New Brunswick, where he is currently an instructor and designer-in-residence in the engineering department.
Key Note address of the Fellows Convocation, Diébédo Francis Kéré founded Kéré Architecture in 2005 in Berlin. He was born in 1965 in Gando, Burkina Faso and trained at the Technical University of Berlin. His architectural practice has been recognized nationally and internationally with awards, among them the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2004) for his first building, a primary school in Gando, Burkina Faso. Projects undertaken by Kéré span countries such as Burkina Faso, Mali, Germany and Switzerland and he has taught internationally including at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Diébédo Francis Kéré
Foundation Luncheon keynote speaker Odile 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. Notable projects include the Banque Populaire de l'Ouest in Rennes, the Cargo incubator building in Paris and the Fangshan Tangshan National Geopark Museum in Nanjing, China. Her accolades are numerous. In 1996, she received the Golden Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennial.
"It is my distinct pleasure to invite you to join us from the 30th of May until the 2nd of June to celebrate “Ports and Portals: Getting There from Here” this year’s theme for our annual Festival of Architecture."
Michael Cox, FRAIC, RAIC President
"Being a historic port and the oldest incorporated city in Canada, Saint John embraces the importance of its past while building into the future."
Delegates will enjoy many of the new features being offered at the 2018 event!
Delegates will be able to purchase full delegate packages (best value); day packages; additional single event tickets; and, various social tour tickets. Some events are also open to the public who can also purchase single event tickets.
The 2018 CE program offers a wide variety of offerings including sessions with expanded business content.
This year, the RAIC and AANB are presenting the Tradeshow and Lunch.
The tradeshow will bring together exhibitors and design professionals from across Canada to meet, discover new products and innovations, and discuss potential business opportunities.
A series of 20-minute “Emerging Trend” sessions will profile new trends, techniques or products to ensure delegates are on the leading edge,
With its charming, historic streets, dozens of restaurants, bars and galleries in its uptown and the beautiful Bay of Fundy on its doorstep, Saint John, New Brunswick is a vibrant city full of urban adventure on the edge of nature.
The Bay of Fundy, home to the world’s highest tides, offers excitement and thrills in the heart of the city with the Reversing Rapids. And as Canada’s first incorporated city (inc. 1785), Saint John boasts unspoiled historical treasures, like the City Market and the Imperial Theatre, on almost every corner.
Population and climate: Approximately 120,000 people live in Greater Saint John, and 750,000 in New Brunswick, Canada’s only officially bilingual province. Saint John has a temperate climate of approximately 22°C or 72°F in summer and 3.9°C or 25°F in winter.
70-min drive from the United States border at Calais, Maine
6-hour drive from Portland, Maine
8-hour drive from Boston, Massachusetts
15.5-hour drive or 2-hour flight from Toronto, Ontario
10-hour drive or 90-min flight from Montreal, Quebec
4-hour drive or 40-min flight from Halifax, Nova Scotia
3-hour drive from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island