RAIC Emerging Practitioners (RAIC-EP) | IRAC Relève professionnelle (IRAC-RP) is a group of Architects and Intern Architects within the Royal Architects Institute of Canada (RAIC) that is dedicated to intern support and advocacy. We recognize that interns and emerging practitioners are the future of our profession. Through communication and coordination with students, universities, regulators, Architects, syllabus program participants and intern architects, we are working to improve and support the path to architectural licensure.
All RAIC members who fall into the categories listed below are considered the focus of the RAIC EP:
- Interns or Intern Architects
- Student Associates
- Syllabus Program Participants
- Recently Licensed Architects (up to ten years post-licensure)
The mission of the RAIC Emerging Practitioners (RAIC-EP) | IRAC Relève professionnelle (IRAC-RP) is to connect and strengthen the voice of emerging architecture practitioners across Canada in order to serve, inspire and advocate for their continued professional growth on the path to licensure.
RAIC EP will serve as a link and provide a sense of continuity in the professional development of emerging practitioners from students in an academic setting through to becoming licensed members of the architectural profession.
- Provide advocacy and support around emerging practitioners related issues.
- Contribute to and advance the dialogue between emerging practitioners (EPs), professionals, educators and regulators.
- Provide recognition and accountability for emerging practitioners.
- Provide a forum for emerging practitioners to help one another, collaborate and share.
- Provide national networking opportunities for emerging practitioners.
- Explore opportunities to partner with similar architectural internship organizations internationally.
- Provide a single national resource for information, questions, and intern and other EP-related issues.
- Gather input on issues affecting the EP-demographic and share nationally.
The benefits of membership include:
- Connecting to the wider architectural community across Canada
- Being a part of the RAIC and RAIC-EP will keep you up to date with what is happening in the architectural profession across the country as well as connect with key individuals who are active in the architectural community
- Connect with other emerging practitioners
- Access to resources
- Survey and workshop findings, regulator and university information regarding support of interns and EP, list of intern architect representatives in provincial/territorial associations, firm interviews with emerging practices, con-ed presentations, links to scholarships and grants and studies regarding EP
- Reduced fee on all RAIC EP/IRAC RP events (such as webinars)
- Keep up to date on RAIC EP/IRAC RP events and initiatives
- Keep up to date with & share other events relevant to EP across the country
- The RAIC EP/IRAC RP is looking to develop an online forum and live calendar to allow emerging practitioners across the country to share events relevant to EP
- The opportunity to participate in addressing issues which concern you!
- Access to all RAIC member benefits (visit the RAIC website for full list – https://www.raic.org/)
Joining the RAIC is easy! For more information, go to this page.
For membership rates, check out this page.
Have some questions about membership? We’ve got you covered. And of course, always feel free to contact us at the RAIC EP with any additional queries about the how, where, when and why’s of joining the RAIC.
The RAIC EP/IRAC RP is a young group, having formed in May of 2016. By getting involved now you will work with other energetic and motivated emerging practitioners to help shape what this group will become and make it the best it can be for all of its members. We believe all RAIC members’ input is valuable so please share your insights and get in contact with us!
There are many ways to get involved:
- Join the Steering Committee
- composed of the chair, vice chair, director of external communications officer, director of resources/knowledge, director of media, director of events/competitions (for more info, please review our Terms of Reference document.
- watch the RAIC newsletter and this website for announcements of open Steering Committee positions
- Help out with initiatives/events
- Become a member of the RAIC
- Join us at the RAIC Festival — held annually in different locations across Canada — to attend continuing education sessions and/or at our AGM to share your thoughts on being an architectural EP in Canada.
- Get in contact with us and share your thoughts
Please contact us if you are interested in getting involved in any of the capacities listed above or if you have ideas for initiatives you would like to see!
Meet the emerging practitioners from across Canada who volunteer their time to make the RAIC EP work:
Chair: Ksenia Eic
Duties: Run all meetings, prepare agendas, coordinate steering committee. Represent the organization when dealing with other organizations/events, oversees and manages meetings of members.
Vice Chair: Mylene Moliner-Roy
Duties: Support Chair and their duties and step in as necessary for Chair’s role when unavailable. Record minutes of meetings, coordinate meeting dates and internal communications, maintain files and records of the RAIC EP.
RAIC Intern Director: Andrew Dejneka
Duties: Report and advise between RAIC EP and RAIC Board of Directors. Oversee RAIC EP work in relation to the RAIC vision, mission and values.
Resources: Afsaneh Asayesh
Duties: Manage and direct resource sharing and educational opportunities.
Events & Competitions: Nick Gonsalves
Duties: Manage and direct events and competitions run by the RAIC EP.
External Communications: Alexandre Hamlyn
Media: Amy Norris
Duties: Manage media content including website and social media.
Let’s Start Something new
We encourage you to get in touch with any questions, ideas, suggestions, complaints!