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NSAA E-Bulletin
Issue 5 · June 2016

News · Events · Employment Opportunities
Professional Development · Committee Updates

2016/2017 NSAA Council

As per the June 3rd 2016 AGM at Pier 21, the following comprises the 2016/2017 NSAA Council:
  • Gregory MacNeil, NSAA - President
  • Ron LeLievre, NSAA - Past-President
  • Jane Abbott, NSAA
  • Peter Connor, NSAA
  • Vincent den Hartog, NSAA
  • Richard Doucette, NSAA
  • Anna Sampson, NSAA
  • Spyro Trifos, NSAA
  • Wendy Keen, RSW - Public Representative
  • Berjoska Rajnis, NSAA (Intern) - Intern Architect Observer
The NSAA regrets to inform the membership of the passing of long-time NSAA Licensed Architect, Geoff Keddy. Most recently, Geoff has served on the NSAA Public Awareness Subcommittee and Website Task Force. His energy and passion will be missed.
The above links to a video Geoff had shared with the NSAA in 2014, featuring his practice and his work.

Spring Forum 2016 a Hit!

Member feedback has rated the Spring Froum 2016 as a resounding success. The revamped day-long format featured the 2016 Annual General Meeting, keynote speaker Jason Robbins of Storefront Manitoba, interactive committee and subcommittee activities, and a celebratory luncheon with speaker Hugh MacKay of Doors Open Halifax. Over 125 NSAA members, stakeholder representatives, and Dalhousie faculty/students attended the event on June 3rd at Pier 21.

During the President's Reception, the following awards were presented:
  • President's Certificate of Recognition for Service to the NSAA
    • Leif-Peter Fuchs, Outgoing Past-President and Registrar
    • Rayleen Hill, Outgoing Secretary-Treasurer
    • Dennis Ramsay, Outgoing Councillor
    • Beth MacLeod, Chair of Intern Architect Subcommittee
      and RAIC Emerging Practitioners
    • Meggan Tanner, Co-Chair of Special Events Subcommittee
      and NSAA Legacy Society Board Member
  • President's Award for Distinguished Service to the Association
    • George Cotaras, Board of Registration
    • Michael Grunsky, Board of Registration
    • Sheila Keating, Board of Registration
    • Therese LeBlanc, Board of Registration
    • Chris Young, Board of Registration
    • Gary Hanley, Chairman of the Jury, Lieutenant Governor Design Awards in Architecture
  • President's Award of Excellence for Service to the Profession
    • Terry Smith-Lamothe, Organizer of Architectural Overdrive
  • President's Award of Exellence for Community Service
    • Jennifer Corson and Keith Robertson, Solterre Design
      Ghana Library Project and Innitiative
Please click here for the Spring Forum Printed Program.

The NSAA would like to thank all participants who contributed to the success of the day and look forward to future initiatives and events that will build from this newly introduced format and tone. Special thanks to our event sponsors,
TD Meloche Monnex and Office Interiors.

Doors Open 2016

For the first time the NSAA threw open its doors to welcome members of the public to its downstairs floor. As a first-time Doors Open venue participant, the NSAA welcomed approximately 800 visitors over the course of the weekend. Visitors were able to view Lieutenant Governor award submissions, speak to architects on site, and see the newly refinished front windows displaying NSAA members' projects.

The NSAA would like to thank its volunteers and staff for their hard work leading up to and during Doors Open 2016 and the Doors Open Volunteer Committee for the opportunity to take part in the event.

News & Events

Lieutenant Governor Design Awards in Architecture

The 2015 Lieutenant Governor Design Awards in Architecture have been announced at Spring Forum 2016.
The full list of 2015 Award recipients is available here.

ExAC Registration Now Open

Examinations for Architects in Canada (ExAC) registration is now officially open.

Click here for registration information.
  • Registration deadline is 12pm on July 15th. No registrations will be accepted after this time.
  • The deadline to submit experience with your ExAC registration is June 30th.
    Any experience received after this time will be reviewed, but cannot be reviewed in time to be counted toward the experience required to register for the ExACs.
  • An Intern Architect must have accumulated a minimum of 2,800 hours of experience through CERB’s to be eligible to register for the ExACs.
If you have any questions, please contact Jeremy Martell, NSAA Membership Coordinator, at .

RAIC Emerging Practitioners:
A New Voice for Emerging Practitioners in Architecture

Over the past two years, Interns from all across Canada have come together to establish a new voice for emerging practitioners in the profession of architecture.  This year, at the RAIC Festival in Nanaimo, we are proud to be officially launching the RAIC Emerging Practitioners / IRAC Relève professionelle! Read more...

CBC Casting for "Canada's Smartest Person"

CBC is currently casting for its prime-time tv-show, "Canada's Smartest Person".
The focus of this series is to show the country that there is a lot more to intelligence than simply being a math whiz or a trivia buff or having a high IQ score. Heading into its third season, the Casting Team is searching for Canadians who are ready to put their smarts to the ultimate test! Between Season 1 and Season 2, the show has featured some incredibly intelligent and inspiring Canadians from all walks of life: an Olympian, the youngest surgeon in Atlantic Canada, a firefighter, a stay-at-home mom, a truck driver, a novelist, a radio host, an artist, a grad student, and even a cheese salesman!  NSAA members are encouraged to apply or nominate a colleague to be the next "Canada's Smartest Person"! Read more...

Dalhousie Press Catalogue 2016

Dalhousie Architecture Press has a new brochure, listing current and upcoming publications for 2016 (including NSAA Licensed Architect, Steve Mannell). For more information, please contact Susanne Marshall, Publications Manager, at or (902) 494-3925. Read more...

2016 RAIC Festival of Architecture: Connexions

June 8th - 11th

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) heads to Nanaimo B.C. with the 2016 Festival of Architecture that is designed to engage the public as well as architects from across the country. The four-day Festival celebrates the theme of CONNEXIONS within a landscape that exemplifies the concept. Architects will connect with each other and, through a series of special events open to the public, connect with the Vancouver Island community. Read more...

Solterre's "Build for Ghana II" Night

June 9th, 7:00pm

We're back, and have brought some love from Abetenim! Come and see/hear/taste some wonderful things from Ghana. Live music and tasty sweets from Ghana will be included. Read more...

NSAA Mentor Information Session

June 16th, 5:30pm
The NSAA Intern Architect Subcommittee is planning an information session for mentors (and prospective mentors) and inviting any interested individuals to attend and participate in an open discussion with a panel of intern architects, mentors, and other key participants in the process. Topics to be discussed will center largely around the role of the mentor in the Internship in Architecture Process.
Please note, pre-registration is required. The event will be postponed until the Fall if we do not receive enough interest at this time. Please email by 5pm on Friday, June 10th, if you will attend.

BuildGreen Atlantic 2016 - Inspiration and Innovation

June 21st - 22nd

BuildGreen Atlantic 2016 is a conference, trade show and networking event that advances the design, construction, and operation of greener buildings in Atlantic Canada. Read more...

RAIC Seeking Manager, Practice Support

Under the direction of the Executive Director of the RAIC, the Manager, Practice Support is an architect who is responsible for the coordination and administration of programs, projects and issues that enhance architectural practice, services and the profession. Based in Ottawa, ON, the Manager will manage key RAIC programs such as the Syllabus, the Canadian Handbook of Practice and professional development initiatives. He/she will act as the technical resource to a number of RAIC standing committees and task forces, and will be the in-house resource for architectural issues and questions. Read more...

Government of Nunavut Seeking Senior Facilities Planner

Architects with knowledge of architectural and/or engineering principles and, more specifically, the National Building Code of Canada, are invited and encouraged to consider joining the Government of Nunavut as part of their facility planning team in Iqaluit, NU.  As a Senior Facilities Planner, you must analyze all aspects of programs and facilities in order to address technical, functional, operational, spatial, environmental, and fiscal issues. This senior role will involve determining the purpose and need for major capital projects and developing facility plans and technical reports that address client needs. Read more...

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