Ontario Association of Architects Announces the Resignation of Executive Director, Brian Watkinson

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) announces the resignation of OAA Executive Director, Brian Watkinson.

“I’ve made it a point in my working life to step back every five years and review my career objectives,” explains Watkinson. “On careful reflection, I’ve come to the difficult conclusion that this position really doesn’t align with my personal goals anymore.”

2006 marks Watkinson’s 15th year with the Association. During his time at the OAA, prior to his position as Executive Director, he served as Deputy Executive Director, Director of Practice and Services, and Deputy Director of Practice.

“My various roles here have been tremendously satisfying and rewarding. They have given me the opportunity to grow personally and professionally and to work with some really talented, dedicated people: Councils over the years, OAA staff, OAA members and so many outside of the OAA,” says Watkinson.

Watkinson has made this decision thoughtfully, with careful consideration to both his professional and personal lives. “I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to be doing in the coming years, which should be the most productive and personally satisfying of my career, ” says Watkinson. “As a result, I’ve decided that it’s time to explore some new directions.”

Watkinson made it clear that although he will miss the OAA he is looking forward to the future. “I’m tremendously excited by the huge opportunities I see before me. I plan to take some time to look at different business strategies to take fullest advantage of some of those.”

“Brian has recognized the need to determine what he wants to focus his energies on and it is a decision we respect and can relate to,” says newly elected OAA President, David Craddock. The OAA Council is about to embark upon a similar exercise as it meets later this month to determine its priorities and focus for the coming year. “OAA Council is also taking on new challenges and formulating its direction,” explains Craddock, “Even though Brian is leaving, we are confident that the organization which he helped shape is in an excellent position today to continue to naturally evolve and move ahead.”

Craddock was looking forward to working more closely with Watkinson this year as he assumes the role of OAA President. “We have had the pleasure of working together during the past few years in conjunction with my work on OAA Committees, Task Groups and last year as an OAA Councillor,” says Craddock. “I am now looking forward to working with Brian and OAA staff throughout this transition period and having his input as we begin to solidify the policy and direction of the OAA 2006 Council.” The transition period is anticipated to take six months.

“I personally wish Brian all the best in the endeavours he chooses to follow,” added Craddock. The Executive Director supports and facilitates the strategic and policy decision-making by OAA Council. Since the early 1990s the OAA has operated under a “modified policy governance model.” This model includes an OAA Council (board of directors) that makes the strategic and policy decisions and an Executive Director and staff who are responsible for the implementation as monitored by Council.

The Ontario Association of Architects is a self-regulating, self-governing profession under The Architects Act

. The association governs its members and regulates the practice of architecture in Ontario in order that the public interest may be served and protected. As part of its regulatory mandate, the Association delivers a wide range of programs and services to its members and the public. For more information, please visit www.oaa.on.ca.