Syllabus Bulletin - June 2020

Announcement of RAIC relocation and transition

On Friday, March 13, 2020, RAIC CEO Mike Brennan announced that the head office facility would be closed temporarily and launched a remote working capacity for all staff. Since then, the decision has been made by Board and Staff that—as of June 30, 2020—the RAIC will no longer physically operate out of our office on 55 Murray Street in Ottawa, ON.

The commitment to our students, volunteers, and members are our top priority. All staff are equipped with the technology and resources to continue to provide service excellence to our members and stakeholders. Due to the digital connectivity of our operations, working remotely is a viable option for RAIC staff who are equipped with the necessary tools and resources. The RAIC staff will continue to work and operate remotely until further notice.

If you need to contact one of our staff members directly, please access the RAIC Staff Directory.

Additional information on mailing and connecting with the RAIC will come at a later time—please note that all hard mail sent to 55 Murray will be redirected appropriately.

We continue our search to purchase a more conducive office location. We thank you for your
patience as our organization transitions to a fully remote office environment at this time.

The RAIC welcomes any additional comments or questions regarding the transition through

Studio registration for Term 2, 2020 opens July 1 and closes on July 31!

The RAIC is closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19, and the recommendations of the government. We will advise the Syllabus community closer to the start of term, on what platform Studio will be delivered.

Deadline to upload Design Documentation from Term 1, 2020 is July 6!

Please see instructions for uploading Design Documentation on the RAIC Syllabus Website, here

CERB Log 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.


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.

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.


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. This course is also available in French.



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.



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.


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