171 years of continuing practice in Canada. Past, Present and Future

The session outlines the trajectory of the oldest continuing practice in Canada - spanning 171 years.  Starting from a humble yet influential practice in the nation’s first capital -  through evolving into the Canadian segment of a multinational entity, and looking to the future of the practice, themes in the body of work including associations and influences by other Canadian practices will be explored.  The evolution of practice will be uncovered as a case study to contrast against the experience and memory of the practice of architecture in both Ontario and Canada.

Session Details

Session ID: 
Thursday, May 25th, 2017: 10:30am - 12:00pm
1.5 Structured/Core AIA LU
Venue : 
Les Saison

Session Speaker(s)

Jason-Emery Groen, RAIC, OAA, OAQ, AIBC, MAA, NSAA

Design Director, Vice-President, HDR Architecture

Jason-Emery is an award-winning Senior Architectural Designer and Master Planner with over 20 years of experience including Master Planning complex projects as well as multi-billion dollar single phase campus master plans. His approach is to fully understand and engage each architectural challenge to help clients, colleagues and all those associated with a project see the full potential of inherent opportunities.

Walter Gaudet, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP

Vice-President, HDR Architecture

Walter Gaudet is the managing principal of HDR’s Ontario offices. Walter concentrates on broadening HDR’s community presence; expanding the firm’s reach across market sectors. He works directly with HDR’s global program directors in healthcare, science and technology, recreation, commercial, retail, government, and defence to build a strong and sustainable business platform in Eastern Ontario as part of HDR’s “One Canada”.

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24-27 May 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

About Us

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Ontario Association of Architects have partnered to present the 2017 Festival of Architecture May 24-27, 2017 in Ottawa.

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