Syllabus Bulletin August 2019

In Memoriam: R. Douglas Gillmor

RAIC is saddened to share the passing of Ralph Douglas Gillmor FRAIC. Doug Gillmor, as he was known professionally, contributed significantly to the development of architectural practice in Canada, through his work as an architect, educator, national director of the RAIC syllabus program, and a multitude of other achievements during his storied career.

Doug Gillmor completed his bachelor’s degree in Architecture at the University of Manitoba in 1954, winning the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal that same year. Doug would also go onto be awarded the Manitoba Association of Architects (MAA) Hobbs Glass Scholarship.

Following his undergraduate education, Doug studied under famed American architect Louis Kahn and earned his master’s degree in architecture from MIT. Doug then went to become a partner at Blankstein Coop Gillmor Hanna before they merged with Waisman Ross to become Number Ten Architectural Group.

Throughout his career, Gillmor made significant contributions to the practice of architecture in Canada and around the world. His prestigious works include the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, the Canadian Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Doug Gillmor returned to his alma mater as a professor at the school of architecture and designed both the John A. Russell Building and the University Centre at the University of Manitoba. He would continue as part of the faculty until Doug and his wife Donna moved to Calgary in 1971. There, Doug would become the first director of the architecture program for the new Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary.

With a love of architecture that extended beyond the firm and classroom, Doug was an integral proponent in the Canadian architectural landscape. He was a member of the Advisory Design Committee of the National Capital Commission in Ottawa for six years, with three as the chair, and he also served as a jury member for the international design competition for the Canadian embassy in Berlin.

Following his retirement from his architectural practice, Doug kept his passion for the field alive by remaining a professor emeritus at the University of Calgary.

In his life, Doug Gillmor had a tremendous impact on the Canadian architectural field and, more importantly, those who had a chance to work with him and learn from him.


All studio grades for Term One, 2019 have been updated on the student portal under the "Grades" tab. If you are unable to find your studio-grade or the jury comment sheets, please email Jessica.

Athabasca registration

The registration deadline to start history, theory, and technical courses with our educational service provider, Athabasca University (AU) is the tenth of each month, and courses will start on the first of the following month. Registration for September 1 courses closes on August 10. Remember to register with Athabasca and notify RAIC Syllabus through the Syllabus student portal.

Please enroll through the student portal in any academic courses you are taking with Athabasca University. Our systems are not linked, so this does not register you in the course with AU or result in any fees, but it allows us to maintain the student records and transcripts in our system.

RAIC Syllabus Student Portal

The RAIC Syllabus portal is still undergoing security updates and reformatting. Please review the Curriculum Sequence Chart to ensure you are enrolling in the correct courses for your learning pathway.

Funding opportunities

Funding opportunities are available to Syllabus students through government grants and bursaries. Athabasca University also has a series of awards available to Syllabus students. To see a full list of scholarship/bursaries, visit the Athabasca website.

Talk to your colleagues and share information about funding opportunities as you pursue your diploma.

Courses now offered in French

The Syllabus Program now offers two French-language professional practice courses: Professional Practice in Canada and Architectural Practice Management.

RAIC Student Associate Membership

As of the start of 2019, RAIC Syllabus students will automatically be enrolled as Student Associate members of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada! Please contact our membership team at for more information.

Please contact Jessica McCormick or Brynne Campbell, RAIC Syllabus Registrar at for more information on the above items.

We wish you the best in the next term!

Brynne Campbell
RAIC Syllabus Registrar

Jessica McCormick
RAIC Syllabus Administrative Assistant