Emerging Practitioners: Shaping the Future of Architecture

What are the challenges faced by emerging practitioners and their employers in the workplace and how can they be addressed to make a stronger firm? What are emerging practitioners doing to challenge the norms of architectural practice and how can firms learn from these strategies to create a more dynamic and resilient practice?

This session, put on by the RAIC Emerging Practitioners - an advocacy group for intern architects, students and recently licensed architects - aims to not only present the challenges and opportunities faced by emerging practitioners but to showcase ways in which they can and are challenging the norms of architectural practice. The first half of the presentation will present RAIC EP research findings while the second half will showcase video interviews of various architects and designers  who are pushing the boundaries of architecture and design, inspiring others to do the same.

Session Details

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Thursday, May 25th, 2017: 10:30am - 12:00pm
1.5 Structured/Core AIA LU
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Session Speaker(s)

Afsaneh Asayesh, OAA, MRAIC, ARIDO

Knowledge Director, RAIC Emerging Practitioners

Afsaneh holds a bachelor's degree in Arch. from NC State University & completed her M.Arch at Ryerson. She has worked at various architectural firms in the US and Canada and as Principal of Envision Design Ltd in Toronto. Afsaneh has been active with the OAA & RAIC on interns' issues. Contributions include playing a key role in preparing OAA's position paper for CACB's 2014 Conference on Educating Future Architects (and attending said conference), presenting a Con Ed session on Intern Issues & RAIC EP involvement at the 2015 & 2016 RAIC Festivals and as acting as a founding member of the RAIC EP.

Rachelle Lemieux, MAA (intern), MRAIC

Events Coordinator, RAIC Emerging Practitioners

Rachelle is an architectural intern at Stantec Architecture in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with a focus on Sports Architecture. She is extremely passionate about the design profession and, in particular, intern issues. Rachelle is the former RAIC director of interns, Events Coordinator and founding member of the RAIC Emerging Practitioners, and participated in various conferences, presentations and events pertaining to intern issues.

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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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For general information, please contact us at:

  • festival@raic.org 
  • 1-844-856-RAIC ext 200
  • 613-241-3600
  • 330-55 Murray Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 5M3