At its May 29, 2019 meeting, AEF's Board resolved to invite architect Barry Johns to fill a vacant Board position for the remainder of the 2018/19 term. Barry has accepted the appointment, adding that he is"extremely proud and honoured to be part of this organization". He will join six other Board members seeking new terms at the June 27 AGM. A further eight Board members will continue in office, with terms expiring in 2020 and 2021.
Since its founding in 1981, Barry Johns Architecture has sustained a Canadian and international reputation as an innovative design practice – with 100 design awards from around the world, including an Olympic Gold Medal for the Arts and the Governor General's Medal for Architecture. Barry Johns has also received multiple honours from the profession including Honorary Fellowship with the American Institute of Architects, The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and the Order of Athabasca University. He is the first international recipient (2018) of the Leslie M. Boney Medal from the AIA. Deeply influenced by a six-year tenure with Arthur Erickson Architects in the 1970s, the firm is passionate about the role of architecture as a means to leading positive change in our communities. The practice includes architecture, urban design, teaching, public lectures, architectural juries and public service on volunteer fund raising and professional Boards across Canada. The firm’s design experience and reputation for sustainable buildings has enabled it to remain small and participate in collaboration with other larger Canadian practices including (the former) Smith Carter, Stantec, Gibbs Gage Architects, Group2 Architecture Engineering and Perkins + Will. The firm believes in the need to ‘tread lightly upon the earth’ by working in harmony with nature and in an architecture that champions inclusive humanism. A summary of the firm’s history and body of work is included in a new eBook available from the firm’s website, bjalstudio.ca.