Earlier this month, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) announced Manitoba-based architect Michael J. Cox, FRAIC, as its 79th president. Cox received the President’s Medal from Ewa Bieniecka, FRAIC, the outgoing president, at a change-of-office ceremony in Ottawa.
Around 40 guests attended, including past presidents and RAIC’s board of directors. The one-year term officially began on January 1. However, Cox has been serving as president since September 2017 because Bieniecka shortened her term for personal reasons.
“The RAIC needs to focus on the immediate needs of its members at all stages of their careers and in all sizes of practice,” said Cox, who has been a sole practitioner for 40 years. “This includes delivering relevant and accessible continuing education programs, helping emerging practitioners, and advocating for architects on practice issues such as procurement reform.”
Cox, a past president of the Manitoba Association of Architects (MAA), said he will encourage significant membership growth among licensed architects as well as graduate architects, academics, and emerging practitioners.
Born in Fort Frances, Ont., Cox received his bachelor degree in architecture from the University of Manitoba in 1971. The principal of his eponymous practice since 1979, he was first elected to the RAIC board as regional director for Manitoba and Saskatchewan in 2012.