Manitoba Association of Architects

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Adam Caruso: Why are we building?

Adam Caruso: Why are we building?

Zoom Meeting
Time: January 19, 2021 12:00 PM

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As part of our ongoing yearly lecture series, the Partners Program at the Faculty of Architecture and The Manitoba Masonry Institute are pleased to announce an interactive lecture and discussion with Adam Caruso, from Caruso St. John, London/Zurich. Adam has chosen to address the topic of “Why are we Building” and participants are invited to interact live with Adam, after the discussion.

Lecture abstract
1990 and there was so much to fight for. Armed with Rossi and Venturi’s twin manifestos of 1966, Peter St John and I began our practice by declaring the autonomy of architecture. Construction and spatial character, the discipline itself would be the metier with which we would resist the corrosive forces of the late-capitalist market, we believed that architecture itself could engage with and contribute to that most powerful embodiment of human endeavour, the European city.

The last ten years have witnessed a super production of architecture as an instrument of investment, and that production’s greedy consumption of finite resources has made architecture well and truly part of the problem. The consumer driven economy and its insatiable consumption of precious resources is neither desirable nor sustainable. We need to shift our attention to the things that give us purpose and happiness. What should architects be doing, and how can our work contribute to more fulfilling lives?

About Adam Caruso
Adam Caruso was born in Montreal and studied architecture at McGill University. He established Caruso St John Architects with Peter St John in 1990. The practice has offices in London and Zurich and has built throughout Europe, undertaking projects that range in scale from major urban developments and cultural projects to intricate interventions in complex historic settings. Caruso St John won the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2016 for the Newport Street Gallery and represented Britain at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Since 2011 Adam Caruso has been Professor of Architecture and Construction at the ETH Zurich.


Digital Signatures in Effect as of January 1, 2021

August 4, 2020

Based on the fairly extensive level of review and investigation, that resulted in a series of recommendations by the MAA’s Practice Committee earlier this year, the MAA Council has approved the implementation of a digital signature system (through Notarius), to replace the currently approved electronic signature system.

This move will not only align the MAA with 40 other Canadian professional associations (including 5 other architectural associations, 10 professional engineering associations and 5 landscape architect associations), but will also align with the City of Winnipeg’s recent move towards an on-line submission system for permits.

In addition to the benefits that the MAA will derive, in its regulatory role, some of the more obvious benefits to the membership include:

  • Efficiency and convenience of sealing documents;
  • Improved and membership-wide standardized digital signature security;
  • Document versions are preserved after each signing; and
  • Efficiency in multi-practice document/drawing sealing/signing.

Attached is a document which outlines some of the basic information that the membership should be aware of.

The revised regulatory Practice Bulletin A.1b, which deals with the manner in which original documents that are finalized in electronic format must now be addressed (as of January 1, 2021), is posted on the MAA’s website:


International Design Competition for Parliamentary Precinct Block 2 Launches

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has launched the Parliamentary Precinct Block 2 International Design Competition. The RFQ, posted just before Christmas, initiates a process to pre-qualify Respondents for a two-stage design competition related to the redevelopment of Block 2 in Ottawa’s Parliamentary Precinct.

The RAIC is endorsing this procedure and providing Professional Advisors and competition management advisory services to PSPC. The RAIC will oversee the designation of a Jury, review the selection criteria and advise on the determination of honoraria and prizes.

The Block 2 project aims to redevelop the existing property and buildings that comprise the city block immediately south of Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa. Block 2 is bounded by Metcalfe, Wellington, O’Connor and Sparks streets, within Canada’s Parliamentary Precinct.

The new and renovated facilities will provide accommodations for Parliamentarians, as well as some retail spaces on the Sparks Street Pedestrian Mall.

The competition is comprised of two separate phases: a Request for Qualification (RFQ) to be followed by a Request for Proposals (RFP).



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