North Bay architect Brian Bertrand has been bestowed fellowship with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).
The RAIC is the leading voice for excellence in the built environment in Canada. Representing about 5,000 members, the RAIC advocates for excellence, works to demonstrate how design enhances the quality of life and promotes responsible architecture in addressing important issues of society.
Bertrand, a partner at Bertrand Wheeler Architecture Inc., was one of 41 architects from across Canada to receive the honour.
Among the projects his firm has worked on, perhaps the best known is the North Bay Regional Health Centre. Using environmentally sustainable construction practices and energy-efficient design, construction of the 750,000-square-foot hospital was completed in 2010 at a cost of $350 million.
The College of Fellows of the RAIC bestows fellowship to RAIC members in recognition of outstanding achievement. Criteria include design excellence, exceptional scholarly contribution, or distinguished service to the profession or the community.
Winners were recognized during the Festival of Architecture in Toronto in October.