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On January 15, 2015, Allan Teramura, FRAIC, was named the 77th President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). The Ottawa architect is a principal at Watson MacEwen Teramura Architects, and has advocated for healthier, sustainable Aboriginal communities in Canada. At his investiture ceremony at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health in Ottawa, 120 guests – including RAIC members, the RAIC board of directors, and representatives from Parliament Hill, government departments and First Nations communities – heard Teramura’s speech on the importance of his advocacy for the Aboriginal communities of Canada. “As architects, I think we would all agree that losing traditional building crafts and knowledge of ways of organizing physical space can be as corrosive to a society as the loss of a spoken language,” Teramura said in his investiture speech. “The built environment in Indigenous communities tends to be discussed in terms of housing issues, but in my view the problem is compounded by the absence of cultural identity, and this is seldom discussed.” View more View full description
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