Syllabus Bulletin - August 2021

The RAIC Syllabus Virtual Studio Feedback Survey was developed to gain better insight into the experiences of the students, studio coordinators, and instructors who participated in the virtual design studios in Term 1 & 2, 2020 and Term 1, 2021. 

This data will inform the National Office of the interest and needs of the Syllabus community as it relates to virtual or hybrid design studios.

Syllabus students can complete the survey here.

Syllabus instructors and coordinators can complete the survey here.

Term 2, 2021 Start of Term Welcome Meeting

The RAIC Syllabus National Office will be hosting a welcome meeting open to everyone in the Syllabus community. This is an excellent networking opportunity where you will get the chance to talk to students from other studios.   

The meeting will be held on Monday 13 from 7:00p.m.- 8:00p.m. EST. 


1. Welcome and Introductions

2. Term 2, 2021

3. Networking 

4. Questions for RAIC National Office 

5. Thank you 

Register in advance for this meeting

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you have any questions for National Office, please submit them in advance to


Portia Ymer Sobel

The RAIC would like to welcome Portia Ymer Sobel to the role of RAIC Syllabus Administrator. Portia holds a DEC in Information and Library Technologies from John Abbott College. Should you have any questions about the Syllabus program please contact Portia at

Jessica McCormick

Thank you Jessica for the years of dedicated service to RAIC Syllabus program.

Jessica joined the RAIC as the Syllabus Administrator in 2019 and has worked diligently to continually improve the quality of services and the student experience. 

Please join us in wishing her well in her future endeavours.

Effective July 1, 2020, the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) launched the 4th edition of the Internship in Architecture Program (referred to as New IAP) manual replacing the previous IAP manual, 3rd edition, dated January 2012 (referred to as Old IAP).

Key Dates

  • July 1, 2020 New IAP Effective Date
  • January 1, 2021 Transition Period Starts
  • June 30, 2022 Transition Period Ends
  • July 1, 2022 New IAP Mandatory for All

Transition Rules

Students who have not submitted any experience hours before January 1, 2021, must follow the New IAP program requirements, including using the new CERB forms, effective immediately.

Students who have submitted experience hours before January 1, 2021 can switch to the New IAP program requirements, including using the new CERB forms, at any time during the Transition Period.

  • Any final CERB Submissions under the Old IAP Program requirements, including using the old CERB forms, must be submitted on or before June 30, 2022.
  • All CERB Submissions on or following July 1, 2022 must follow the New IAP Program Requirements, including using the new CERB forms.
  • Students are not allowed to switch back to the Old IAP program requirements, including using the old CERB forms, after the switch to the New IAP.

Students who do not finish all the requirements of the Syllabus Program required for the issuance of the Diploma by June 30, 2022, must follow New IAP program requirements, including using the new CERB forms, and additional architectural experience areas regardless of where they are in the program.

It is not the RAIC that has established the parameters for study, work experience, and graduation from the Syllabus Program. The requirements have been determined by the provincial and territorial association of architects. The RAIC then develops the policies to operate the program within the provincial and territorial parameters.

If you are unsure of you provincial or territorial regulators' transition to the 4th edition of the Internship in Architecture Program and your responsibilities as a Syllabus student, speak with them directly.

RAIC Connects is a virtual community where members can share ideas, discuss practice challenges, post questions, read and share blog posts and news articles, learn about fellow RAIC members, and benefit from shared knowledge, resources, and information. 

Syllabus students have access to a Syllabus student-only community on RAIC Connects, to share content, ideas, and network. Discussion boards for studio levels have been added to the community. We encourage students to visit the community and introduce themselves!  

Visit the RAIC Connects resource centre for more information about this exciting new platform.

Discussion Boards:



  • We had a very quick discussion in the Syllabus Student Representatives meeting last week regarding how students are presenting their work. It seems as though many students are presenting in different ways... read more>>


  • This is a tough question. I believe that with any project/studio there really is no minimum amount of time. This is where I would say Architecture is, at least one way, different than many other fields of work, as you can always refine your design further, or... read more>>

RAIC690 (D9)

  • Personally, when working on self-directed school work such as a thesis, I have found that setting up a regular schedule of time to work on it is helpful. It can feel a little less overwhelming if you... read more>>


  • I receive a lot of questions from students about navigating the Syllabus Program and keeping up to date on Syllabus deadlines. See below for my advice, and if you have any tips or tricks, please add them here... read more>>

The following FREE webinars have been uploaded to the Syllabus website as resources for Syllabus students!

RAIC Syllabus Moodle Tutorial - September 2020

RAIC Syllabus Work Experience Webinar - May 2019

RAIC Syllabus Thesis Proposal Webinar - April 2019

RAIC Syllabus Senior Student Webinar - November 2018 

RAIC Syllabus Webinar - September 2017


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.


Please contact for more information on the above items.

Best of luck in the upcoming term!

Portia Ymer Sobel
Education Administrator

Ivan Martinovic
Director of Syllabus