Memebership means: A member’s perspective

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada bills itself as “the only volunteer, national professional architectural association in Canada”. With associations in each province, do we really need a national body?

As a practicing architect and a member of the RAIC I feel that it is imperative that we have a national voice that represents us on issues that range beyond the scope of individual provinces and territories.

The RAIC is currently lobbying Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) for a fair and transparent process for the procurement of architectural services. In a recent position paper to PWGSC, we have stated that providing points for hourly rates that has no relationship to hours of work has little merit. In cooperation with the Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada, the RAIC has proposed a series of options which, we hope, will result in a fairer system for architects and taxpayers alike.

At the same time, the RAIC is pressing the point that those with architectural training in the public service should be licensed architects and is also lobbying the federal government to ensure that architects’ intellectual property rights are recognized and protected. These are issues that, in one way or another, affect all of us as we practice our profession.

I have been a member of the RAIC for over 20 years. I have worked hard for the privilege to include the initials MRAIC after my name. One thing that I have learned in the time that I have volunteered with the RAIC is the more members we have, the stronger is our collective voice.

Deborah Levine Farrow, Architect, OAA, MRAIC

Member of the RAIC Task Force on Federal Procurement

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