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RAIC seeks subject matter experts for CHOP update


July 10, 2018
by Canadian Architect

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.



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1 Comment » for RAIC seeks subject matter experts for CHOP update
  1. Brian Hierlihy says:

    • 2.3.8-9 will merge with the introduction of so-called BIM (building simulations). The prime consultant role will probably shift to the simulation manager, and the requirement for 2.3.8-9 products will materially change. These changes will have upstream effects on all other areas of 2.3. CHOP should speak directly to these matters and include a 2.3.10 dealing with the emerging international (NOT vendor specific standards) in this area. Note this has implications with respect to defragmentation and practice design (see below).
    • 2.3.5-6 work in heritage conservation and 2.1.13 specifically Post-occupancy Evaluations (PE) will require simulations that can document changes through time (diachronic) rather than the snapshot (synchronic) models formats comprising current practice. PE functions will be a project/property mangement function fragmented into synchronic building element-specific analysis that will obviate the need for ‘whole building’ analysis. That is, most of the work will be d=done by engineers working for property managers.
    • Heritage conservation and sustainability are intertwined matters. Most conservation architects will probably note that a good part of the business is undoing damage arising from ill-advised interventions by architects and engineers. These include ‘sustainability upgrades’. A sustainable world cannot be constructed with bright shiney ‘new builds’ as the bulk of the ‘installed base’ rolls over on a very long time horizon.
    • As a penultimate note, one would want to see an explicit discussion of defragmentation of the professsion, and its relationship to ‘standards binding’ of construction practice, corporate client consolidation, the use of third-party agents for consultant/contractor management (especially when self-exempted from client/public policies and when ‘rolled over’ as an intermediary agent), and public-private project (PPP) supply practices. (The Carillion collapse has led some to point to the paucity of evidence over the past several decades supporting the proposition that PPP delivers value.) These issues can have an impact on the corporate ‘design’ and operation of an architectural practice.
    • My final observation pertains to the attempt to revise CHOP under Ron Bain. At the time, there was an effort to have CHOP structured so as to provide the baseline documentation for ISO 9000 certification, and have that coordinated with a national effort to use the text in a related coned program (through the schools of architecture). The effort would encourage take-up and compliance efforts in the professional, and a vehicle to bring the schools and practitioners together, through a program that might assist the schools to expand their ‘client base’. It would also arguably put Canadian practioners on a better footing when seeking international work.





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