Jill Stoner Receives RAIC National Honour for Outstanding Achievement

Jill Stoner

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has named Jill Stoner, director of the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, to the RAIC College of Fellows.


The citation notes a wide-ranging and distinguished career in architecture that includes practice, writing, teaching, and academic leadership. Her work at the Azrieli School “has enriched the experience of students,” and “expanded the international reach of the school,” it says. (Read the full citation below.)


The College bestows Fellowship to RAIC members in recognition of outstanding achievement. The criteria include design excellence, exceptional scholarly contribution, or distinguished service to the profession or the community.


Stoner is one of 26 individuals from across Canada named to the College in 2021. See the list HERE.


Stoner will be inducted into the College of Fellows on June 17 during the 2021 RAIC Virtual Conference. 



Jill Stoner, FRAIC, has a distinguished career in architecture. She has been in practice, won several design competitions, given lectures, written two books, and taught in several schools of architecture.


Presently, she is the Director of the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism at Carleton University in Ottawa. She has enriched the experience of students and fostered an interdisciplinary intellectual climate to assist in preparation for the profession.


For example, Stoner began STUDIO FIRST, a summer program that brings together people with diverse backgrounds who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in architecture. In addition to exposing participants to the culture of architecture school, the program generates income that funds an annual trip to Barcelona for students in the first year of the professional degree program.


Stoner has expanded the international reach of the school, bringing teachers from as far away as South Africa to give courses that engage student thinking about architecture in the context of global challenges. At the same time, local Ottawa architects have been invited to give lectures, teach, and contribute to the culture of the school.


A student who had Stoner as a mentor said her “enthusiasm is infectious and provocative as it pulses through the student body, pushing the boundaries of what is expected from an architecture program.” Another student notes Stoner’s generosity with her time and being indebted for having taught her to be “fearless and joyful in my thoughts and my approach to architectural design.”