RAIC seeks subject matter experts for CHOP update

Are you interested in helping shape architectural practice and develop the Canadian Handbook of Practice for Architects 3rd Edition? The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) would like to hear from you.

The RAIC is developing the Canadian Handbook of Practice for Architects (CHOP) 3rd Edition to be published in June 2019. User surveys and information-gathering were conducted in late 2017 and early 2018 and the outline for the CHOP 3rd Edition was developed by the CHOP Editorial Board. We are now recruiting volunteer subject matter experts (SME) to write new chapters, revise existing content, and create digital tools. SME volunteers will receive an honorarium and acknowledgement in the CHOP 3rd Edition.CHOP 3rd Edition, RAIC

To help volunteers better understand the role, responsibilities, and time commitment of the Subject Matter Expert (SME) a brief description of the development process is provided. The CHOP 3rd Edition Project is divided into milestones. Milestones 2 and 3 address the development and implementation of the delivery platform. Milestones 4, 5 and 6 are the creation of new chapters and revisions of existing content. Milestones 4, 5 and 6 also include creating digital tools, such as checklists and templates, that support the content.

The CHOP Editorial Board has analyzed data gathered from user surveys and grouped chapters into blocks of common themes (see table below). This analysis will be provided to the SMEs. SMEs interested in working on specific content will be grouped in teams. Team members will write and review each others’ contributions, building towards a consensus on the content. The deliverables of the team are the chapter(s) content, checklist, and templates. Interim drafts will be reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board. The Editor-in-Chief may also share interim drafts with specific interest panels possessing specialized knowledge. Specific interest panels will comment on overarching themes that touch numerous chapters, such as BIM or sustainable design. Input from specific interest panels will be filtered through the Editor-inChief and the Editorial Board and provided to the SME teams for inclusion.

More information about CHOP 3rd edition development is available via the RAIC website, linked here.