AECOM Canada Architects Ltd
African American AIA Fellow
SAY IT LOUD - SXSW
SAY IT LOUD(ER) - SXSW
SAY IT LOUD - A'19 Exhibitor
SAY IT LOUD - Washington DC Exhibitor
Canada Based Designer
Who or what inspires you professionally?
The beauty, simplicity and elegance inherent in African architecture because they evoke cultural pride and give pride of place to humanistic values of diversity, inclusiveness and social justice. Hassan Fathy for innovative use of local materials
With an expansive career spanning over 25 years, Sam is a Principal at Ensight+, a creative design intelligence firm in Canada and a Vice President with Paris-based International Union of Architects (UIA) - recognized by the United Nations and working to unify architects, influence public policies, and advance architecture to serve the needs of society. A Presidential medal recipient and distinguished Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Sam is an accomplished architect who has successfully led, designed, and managed several high-profile projects in Canada and internationally. In 2015, Sam became the 76th President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the first Canadian of African descent to lead the prestigious 114-year-old royal institute. With a varied background that has enabled him to bring valuable perspectives to his role as an architect, Sam is the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Botswana in Canada and the International Representative on the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows Representative Council. He is also a visiting lecturer / Studio reviewer to several universities around the world and he serves as an adviser / consultant architect to various government departments and private sector organizations at the fore front of tackling the health, equity, and climate change challenges of our time through architecture.
Object Three - Led the Institute, or a related organization
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