OTTAWA — Diarmuid Nash, a Toronto architect and past-president of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), has been elected chancellor of the RAIC College of Fellows for a three-year term beginning May 2017.
Nash succeeds Barry Johns, an Edmonton architect who has served two three-year terms from 2011 to 2017.
Nash is a partner at Moriyama & Teshima Architects, which has offices in Toronto and Ottawa. He joined the firm in 1988 after completing work on the Canadian embassy in Tokyo, where he was on a fellowship at Shimizu Corporation, who were joint-venture partners on the embassy with Moriyama & Teshima.
The chancellor-elect is a past president of the Ontario Association of Architects and a lecturer at the Daniels School of Architecture at the University of Toronto.
"The college represents a significant group of recognized individuals who form the backbone of the RAIC's leadership potential," Nash said in a RAIC media statement. "I am looking forward to working with this leadership trust to lobby for the profession, advocate on issues in our cities and natural environment, build bridges with our educational institutions and leverage key RAIC initiatives."
Nash's portfolio includes design and construction of such cultural landmarks as the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, the National Museum of Saudi Arabia and the Etihad Museum in Dubai.
Nash has also led international design teams through such projects as the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa (with Maki and Associates, Governor-General's Medal in Architecture 2012) and the recently completed Aga Khan Museum in Toronto (also with Maki and Associates).