Sophie Acheson, MCIP

Senior Planner, National Capital Commission

Sophie Acheson is an urban planner based in Ottawa. She has over 10 years of experience in different facets of planning, including private-sector development consulting, development approvals at the federal level, and long-range policy planning... read more

Russell Acton, AIBC, AAA, SAA, OAA, FRAIC

Principal, Acton Ostry Architects Inc.

Established in 1992, Acton Ostry Architects design experiential buildings rooted in a considered, indigenous, modernist idiom.

John Alberico, WELL AP

Principal, RWDI Consulting Engineers & Scientists

John is one of RWDI’s most experienced consultants, with a nearly thirty-year record of delivering high-performance buildings for residential developers; colleges and universities; healthcare; governments and public institutions; and public-privat


Principal, dtah

Robert Allsopp, a leading Canadian urban designer, has been a key figure in the planning and design of the heart of the National Capital over the past thirty five years. Mr.

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.

Sandra Aversa, BComm, CPA, CA

Vice President, Planning & Administration, University of Windsor

Paula Baker-Laporte, FAIA, BBEC

Principal Architect, Founder, EcoNest Architecture, Inc.

Paula Baker-Laporte FAIA is an architect, building biologist, author, international healthy building consultant and educator. She is the principal architect of EcoNest Architecture, Inc.

Lisa Bate, B. Arch, Architect PP OAA, AAA, AIBC, Int’l Assoc. AIA, FRAIC, EDAC, F.RESET, PC CaGBC, LEED AP BD+C, ICD.D

LEED Expert and Regional Managing Principal, North America, B+H Architects

Lisa is a thought leader in high-performance sustainable design in both architecture and interior design, with a vast portfolio of global work in commercial, mixed use, healthcare, hospitality, sport and institutional projects. A global... read more

Rami Bebawi, M. Arch, Bsc (Arch), Architect OAQ, MRAIC, RBQ

Cofounder, KANVA

Rami Bebawi, cofounder of the firm KANVA, has become a leading figure in the contemporary architecture scene of Montreal.

Marc R. Bélanger

Partner, AldrichPears Associates

Marc is a seasoned interpretive planner and exhibition designer.

John Bell

John Bell was born in Toronto where he received his primary education. He spent his high school years in Montreal followed by four years at Queen’s University in Kingston completing an Honors BA Politics and Economics.

Joel Berman, ALA, LEED AP BD+C

President, Joel Berman Architecture & Design, Ltd.

Joel Berman LEED-AP, ALA, is the founder and president of Joel Berman Architecture & Design Ltd., a Chicago architecture firm specializing in inner city adaptive reuse and heritage restoration for restaurant, hospitality, institutional and res

Terri Boake, LEED AP

Professor, University of Waterloo

Terri Boake is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Waterloo. She has worked with CISC for many years on the development of design materials for Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel.

Paul Boken, LC

Vice President, Mulvey and Banani Lighting inc.

Paul holds a fine arts degree in theatre production, with a major in lighting design, and a postgraduate certificate in architectural lighting design from Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Vlad Bortnowski, OAA, LEED AP BD+C

Senior Architect, Stantec Architecture Ltd.

Vlad has focused the last 17 years of his 30+ year professional experience on healthcare projects.


Principal, Blackwell Structural Engineers

David has received many industry honours since he began his career in 1990. His inventive approach to design has made him sought-after, particularly when a project calls for innovative solutions.

Justin Breg

Master of Applied Science Candidate, University of Waterloo

Justin Breg has diverse experience in architecture and building science, gained from projects in Ontario, Malawi, Rome, and the Netherlands.

Albert Brooks

Senior Project Scientist - Microclimate, Rowan Williams Davies and Irwin (RWDI)

Albert is a Senior Project Scientist with RWDI`s Microclimate team. He is responsible for conducting wind tunnel testing for pedestrian comfort and snow related studies, including structural snow loading, snow drifting and falling snow and ice.

John L. Brown, AAA, FRAIC

Principal, Housebrand

John Brown is a registered architect in Alberta and a fellow of the RAIC.

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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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