Architect from Northern Ontario receives prestigious scholarship

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada recognizes Eladia Smoke for her professional achievements

Eladia Smoke | KaaSheGaaBaaWeak has been made a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), which comes with an induction into the RAIC College.

Smoke, member of Obishikokaang | Lac Seul First Nation in northwestern Ontario is one of 29 architects selected to receive this honor in 2022.

According to the RAIC, a Fellow is “a member of the RAIC who has achieved professional eminence or who has rendered distinctive service to the profession or to the community at large.

“The scholarship is awarded to individuals through a nomination process administered by the College of the RAIC and recognizes members for their contribution to research, scholarship, public service or professional reputation for the good of architecture in Canada or elsewhere.

Founded in 1907, the RAIC is the national not-for-profit organization representing architects and their industry.

Smoke, who currently lives in Hamilton, is the owner and principal architect of Smoke Architecture, which she founded in 2014, and is a lecturer at the McEwen School of Architecture in Sudbury.

Past projects include the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network studios, the Migiizi Agamik Aboriginal Student Center at the University of Manitoba, and the Makoonsag Intergenerational Learning Center.

Previously, Smoke was the lead architect for Architecture 49 in Thunder Bay and Prairie Architects in Winnipeg, and has served on the RAIC Indigenous Task Force since its inception in 2015.

Additionally, Smoke was part of the international team of Indigenous designers and architects, led by Douglas Cardinal, to represent Canada at the 2018 Venice Biennale.

She has served on numerous committees and boards, including the Manitoba Association of Architects (2011-2014) and the Urban Shaman Gallery of Contemporary Aboriginal Art (2010-2014).

Scholars will be inducted into the RAIC College at a ceremony in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, in October.

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