OTTAWA — The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has two new additions to its board of directors for 2020.
Drew Hauser, FRAIC, will join as regional director, Ontario Southwest. Hauser, of Hamilton, Ont., is the director at mcCallumSather, overseeing business development and design.
Hauser spearheaded the initiative for the Ontario Association of Architects to host their annual convention in Hamilton in 2015 — an event that showcased local talent to the architectural community across Ontario. During his tenure as the Chair of the Hamilton Burlington Society of Architects, Hauser worked to creatively connect the diverse and vibrant community, resulting in significant increases in membership and increasing corporate sponsorship, indicates a RAIC release.
“Sustainability and resiliency are critical to our industry,” said Hauser in a statement. “I am committed to being a facilitator of change, advocating for a better environment and communicating the benefits of design.”
Johanna Hurme, FRAIC, will also join the board as regional director, Saskatchewan/Manitoba.
Hurme is an architect and a co-founder of Winnipeg-based 5468796 Architecture whose work has been featured in over 200 books and publications. 5468796 represented Canada at the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture, and in 2013 the firm was selected as recipient of the 2013 Prix de Rome Award in Architecture for Canada by the Canada Council for the Arts, indicates a release.
Hurme is the immediate past chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and a past council member of the Manitoba Association of Architects. She also works in academia and is a member of the International Council of the Van Alen Institute, has taught design at the University of Manitoba’s FAUM, the University Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture and was named Visiting Professor-Morgenstern Chair at the College of Architecture, IIT, Chicago.
“I believe the Canadian expression of architecture and design is unique,” Hurme said in a statement. “It is a collection of multiple voices rather than a singular vision, rooted in pluralism and our vast landscape, rich with pockets of distinct, strong perspectives. This holds a dynamic potential that will move Canadian architecture away from polite responses toward something bold and powerful. I am excited to work with the membership and staff of the RAIC toward a future where the value of architecture is fully recognized as an integral part of Canada’s cultural identity.”