OTTAWA — The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has announced Manitoba architect Michael J. Cox as the institute’s 79th president.
Cox, a past-president of the Manitoba Association of Architects, said in a Feb. 13 media statement he will encourage significant membership growth among licensed architects as well as graduate architects, academics and emerging practitioners.
He received the president’s medal of office from RAIC 2017 president Ewa Bieniecka at a change-of-office ceremony on Feb. 2 in Ottawa.
The one-year term began Jan. 1. Cox has been serving as president since September 2017 when Bieniecka shortened her term for personal reasons.
“The RAIC needs to focus on the immediate needs of its members at all stages of their careers and in all sizes of practice,” said Cox, who has been a sole practitioner for nearly 40 years.
“This includes delivering relevant and accessible continuing education programs, helping emerging practitioners, and advocating for architects on practice issues such as procurement reform.
“Greater numbers are essential for the RAIC to strengthen its advocacy on behalf of the profession and the built environment. I will be speaking with groups and individuals to come to a better understanding of ways in which the RAIC can be of increased assistance as part of a continuous effort to be valuable, relevant and forward-thinking.”
Cox received his B.Arch. from the University of Manitoba in 1971. He has been the principal of Michael J. Cox, Architect, a one-person practice in Brandon, Man. since 1979.
Projects have ranged from small-scale residential renovations to significant commercial projects, the statement indicated.
The renovation of Brandon’s original electrical generating station resulted in an award-winning Western Regional Head Office facility for Manitoba Hydro.
Recent work includes the design of a Royal Canadian Air Force WWII Memorial in Brandon. Cox also spent two years working in the Arctic.