Architect and Environmental Advocate Awarded Top Honour

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John Robert Carley elected to the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, an honour recognizing architects who have made outstanding contributions to the profession.

John Robert Carley on the Leslie Street Spit, Toronto.

It is wonderful to be able to use one’s professional talents to assist the community at large above and beyond that of the practice itself.

Architect and environmental advocate, John Robert Carley, was recently elected to the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. This top honour formally recognizes architects who have made outstanding contributions to the profession of architecture.

Over the thirty-two years of his practice as the sole principal of John Robert Carley, Architect Incorporated, Carley has established a reputation for expertise in the speciality of custom residential architecture; as well as historical restoration, and religious and institutional architecture. With projects throughout Ontario, Canada, he has demonstrated a deep understanding of Ontario's vernacular architecture and landscape.

Carley has been very involved in community advocacy in conjunction with his dedication to environmental issues. For 25 years he has been co-chair of Friends of the Spit which has been instrumental in preserving the Leslie Street Spit as a public urban wilderness in Toronto, Ontario. He was a volunteer member of the City of Toronto Bird-Friendly Development Working Group which received the City Initiatives Urban Leadership Award in 2008 from the Canadian Urban Institute, and continues to advise the City regarding best practices to achieve Bird-Friendly Architecture.

Carley was thrilled to receive this honour and remarked: "I am honoured that my professional work and my environmental advocacy has been recognized by my election to the College of Fellows. It is wonderful to be able to use one’s professional talents to assist the community at large above and beyond that of the practice itself.” Carley went on to further acknowledge that, “An honour like this does not happen in a vacuum – dedicated staff, creative consultants, excellent contractors, and understanding clients all make the practice of architecture an enjoyable profession.”

Carley's projects are founded on his sensitivity to the Ontario tradition and are innovative and uplifting. His work has been widely published and he and his firm have received numerous awards and citations from organizations as diverse as the Toronto Historical Board, the Ontario Association of Architects, Canadian Wood Council and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects.

Carley was invested in the College of Fellows in a ceremony on May 26th, 2011, at the RAIC convention in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Contact info:
John Robert Carley
john(at)johnrobertcarleyarchitect(dot)com
416-481-6889

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