Syllabus Bulletin - April 2020

New Elective Courses

The RAIC is proud to launch three new elective courses on the Syllabus student portal. These courses are not mandatory but are available to all Syllabus students seeking a deeper understanding of Project Risk Management, Construction Contract Administration and Field Review, and Successful Accessible Design.

RAIC710: Project Risk Management for Architects

Project Risk Management for Architects has been designed by architects who practice architecture and lead major projects for a range of clients. It draws on several bodies of knowledge within the domain of risk management, project management, and the practice of architecture.

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RAIC720: Construction Contract Administration and Field Review

An architect administers the construction contract on behalf of both the client and the contractor during construction through services known as Construction Contract Administration and Field Review (CCA & FR). These services are prescribed in standard construction contracts, such as the CCDC 2, and are divided into office functions and field functions. This course explores the theoretical and practical aspects of performing the CCA & FR, including preparations leading to this phase, as well as best practices.

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RAIC730: Introduction to Successful Accessible Design

Introduction to Successful Accessible Design introduces the concepts and applications of inclusive design as it applies to Canadian architecture and its built environment. Students will analyze the impacts and conflicts of accessibility in society, built form, and the development industry. In addition to learning the basic terminology and concepts, and having access to the latest resources, they gain practical experience including being able to spot the barriers that surround us as well as apply new skills in real-life applications of accessibility.

The exercises and assignments guide students through how to integrate accessibility in a holistic way within a variety of spaces. Accessibility measures and standards beyond the building code requirements are included to ensure students have a solid foundation. This course further illustrates a successful way of accessible design integration in their designs and helps the student to re-create their vision of the Accessible Canada Act.

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To register for one of these courses, log onto your Syllabus student portal account and go to Courses and Registration. 

Graduate Thesis Resource Centre

Graduate thesis reports have been uploaded to the RAIC Syllabus website here. These thesis reports are to be used as a resource for Syllabus students.

COVID-19 Continued Response

The health, safety, and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, students and members is the top priority, and the RAIC is closely monitoring the current situation via the Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization. Due to the developing situation for COVID-19, the physical RAIC office space will be vacant, and no one will be in the office to receive you. As of March 16, 2020, all staff at the RAIC is working remotely until further notice.

For general inquiries, please email Email is the preferred way to contact RAIC staff during this time. Please see the RAIC website here for more COVID-19 updates and information. 

We are providing the studios with tools to work remotely for the time being. Studio Coordinators will get in touch with their students to discuss further plans. 

Canada Green Building Council Scholarship for Sustainable Design and Research

Deadline: Monday, April 27, 2020, at 11:59 PM ET

–Open to full-time students registered in a Master’s degree program leading to a professional degree in architecture at an accredited University in Canada or the RAIC Syllabus program.

This scholarship was established through an endowment from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) in June 2006. The purpose of the fund is to nurture the next generation of “green” designers by promoting and encouraging sustainable research and design in Canadian Schools of Architecture.

Note: All Scholarship and Bursaries can now be completed through our new submission platform

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CERB Submissions

All Syllabus students studying in parts two and three of the program are required to be working under the supervision of an architect licensed to practice in Canada. All experience must be logged in your Canadian Experience Record Book (CERB). Refer to the policy on work experience found on the Syllabus web site for submission requirements, hours required, etc. 

Recently, CERB books submitted for review have demonstrated a lack of information about the student’s responsibilities for each project in each of the 15 categories of practice. When reviewing CERB books, I need to be able to relate the list of projects – and a brief description of each project – to the student’s responsibilities in that project as they relate to each of the 15 categories of practice. The example provided (link below) will help you document your journey and provide you, your supervisor, and your mentor with insights into your own pathway towards becoming an architect. Documenting your experience to the level of detail is the expectation of the Syllabus student – the most prepared students to practice architecture in the country – barring none! 
My concern is the acceptance of your CERB by your respective provincial or territorial association of architects when you graduate from the Syllabus Program and apply to become an intern. Each association deals with Syllabus students and their CERB submission differently. You, the student, must ensure that your CERB meets the criteria of your association of architects. Submitting detailed CERBs now will result in fewer complications in the future. 


Don Ardiel

Director, Syllabus Program 


Athabasca Registration

The registration deadline to start history, theory, and technical courses with our educational service provider—Athabasca University (AU)—is the 10th of each month, and courses will start on the 1st of the following month.

Remember to register on the Syllabus Student Portal as well. Our systems are not linked, so this does not register you twice or result in any fees, but it allows us to maintain the student records and transcripts in our system.