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Becoming Architects Canada launches as an advocacy group

Kicking off with a virtual networking party on June 3, the new non-profit advocacy group supports interns, others on the path to architectural licensure, and recent licensees.

Becoming Architects Canada / Devenir Architect Canada is a new non-profit advocacy group for interns, others on the path to architectural licensure, and recent licensees, created by former RAIC Emerging Practitioners and CASA members.

While the group was officially launched in April 2021, its journey began more than six years ago when intern architect representatives from Architectural Associations across Canada met at the 2014 RAIC Festival to discuss interns’ concerns with the IAP program.
“What we discovered is we all shared the same concerns and could learn a lot from what each regulator was doing with respect to intern support, but we suffered from a disconnect from each other. A few of us met again at the CACB conference on “Educating Future Architects” in 2014, where we determined that a national advocacy group for intern architects was needed,” says co-founder, Ksenia Eic.

After the Conference, the organization set out to create such a group by putting together a grant application to the RAIC for the formation of a national intern advocacy organization. Funded by a 2015 grant from the RAIC College of Fellows Centennial Fund for Intern/Intern Architects, the RAIC Emerging Practitioners Committee was officially launched in 2016.

“As members of the RAIC Emerging Practitioners Committee (RAIC EP), we accomplished a great deal, carrying out vital research, disseminating information to our membership, organizing design competitions and National Webinars in support of ExAC prep, and creating ConEd Sessions on other topics of interest to Emerging Practitioners,” says Eic.

While some of the valuable content developed by the RAIC EP continues to be offered through the RAIC—most notably the NBC webinars—the committee itself was discontinued at the end of 2020. As there was no national advocacy group dedicated to interns and others on the path to licensure, a number of former RAIC EP and CASA members with a passion for advocacy banded together to create a new platform for this work.

“Starting anew has its challenges along with many opportunities. We have made many great connections over the past few years and learned much from our research. We have also built a close relationship with CASA so as to provide mutual support. We are proud that BAC/DAC is a stand-alone entity registered as a federal non-profit, allowing it to be flexible and autonomous, with our primary mission and goals being to strengthen the voice of and connect those on the path to architectural licensure in Canada in order to support, serve and advocate for their professional growth,” says Eic.

On June 3, 2021, the group will host a virtual launch party on Gather.Town. Registration fees will go towards seed money for starting up the organization: https://bac-dac-virtualmeetup.eventbrite.ca

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