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Athabasca University

David Murray - Architect, AAA, FRAIC, B.Arch

Instructor of Architecture 645, Professional Practice



My association with Athabasca University began in 2011 when the Architecture 645 Professional Practice Course in the RAIC Centre for Architecture was implemented. Several hundred students have successfully taken this course in the meantime and have progressed toward registration as architects in Canada.

I graduated from the University of Toronto in 1969 and immediately came to Alberta where I found work with a number of prominent architectural firms over the following decade. In 1979 my registration as an architect was completed. The fluctuating Alberta economy quite fortunately forced me into private practice in 1984, which I continue to this day. I am a lifetime member of the Alberta Association of Architects and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Over the years, as my practice developed, I developed a specialty in conservation architecture. My heritage projects have spanned the province of Alberta and into the Northwest Territories. My teaching experience has included being a founding member in the Innovative Practice Group in Architecture that was commissioned to deliver several professional practice courses to masters degree architecture students at the University of Calgary between 1997 and 2010.

For many years, I have served in numerous capacities as a volunteer with the Alberta Association of Architects, most recently as the past Chair of the Registration Committee. My work has included serving as a mentor to architectural graduates who are enrolled in the Internship in Architectural Practice program in order to qualify for registration in Canada.

It is a great pleasure to work with students who are architectural graduates from many countries around the world and are committed to becoming architects in Canada. In addition, this course serves the RAIC Syllabus Program for students who are aiming for registration while working full time in the architecture industry.

The architectural profession is rapidly changing in the 21st C. We are committed to preparing our students for a successful and fulfilling career, preparing them for the challenges and rewards that accompany the responsibilities of being a self-governing profession in Canada.

Updated July 19 2018 by Student & Academic Services

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