The presidents of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), the Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ) and the Association of Architects in Private Practice of Québec (AAPPQ) are very pleased to announce that the Festival of Architecture and Forum, organized jointly by these three associations, will be held in Montréal from June 17 to 20, 2009.
More than 500 architects are expected to attend the event. Highlights include a speech by the winner of the RAIC 2009 Gold Medal. This recipient will then join in a panel discussion with Montréal-based architects and previous medal winners Dan Hanganu, FRAIC (2008), and Mario Saia, FRAIC (2007), focusing on the Festival’s theme “Vision and Commitment.”
The keynote speech will be given June 19 by Jan Gehl, Hon. FRAIC and Professor (Retired) of urban design with the School of Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. He is also a founding partner of Gehl Architects – Urban Quality Consultants and has written many books, including Life Between Buildings, Public Spaces – Public Life, New City Spaces and New City Life.