VANCOUVER — Members of the former Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALAs) have formed a new not-for-profit group, the Regulatory Bodies for Architectural Canada (ROAC) to better serve the public and the profession, the regulator recently announced.
As a unified body, ROAC, headquartered in Vancouver, includes the 11 provincial and territorial bodies responsible for regulating the practice of architecture. Regulators set qualifications and standards of practice for entry into the profession, issuing registration and licenses to those who meet them, a statement said. The ROAC will continue the work of the former CALA nationally, which includes the examination for architects in Canada and the internship program in architecture, while serving as an intermediary between the regulatory bodies and the Canadian Council certification in architecture.
The organization will continue to develop nationally recognized standards and programs, including improving career mobility across Canada and internationally using tools such as mutual recognition agreements to honor degrees and architectural qualifications and provide a pathway to gain registration in participating jurisdictions.
Under the new nonprofit governance structure, each member organization appoints a trustee to represent their jurisdiction on the ROAC Board of Directors. Trustees will meet regularly to oversee the activities of the organization, while members’ meetings with wider regulators will take place at least once a year.
Ian McDonald, Architect AIBC, AAA, OAA, has been appointed as the Group’s first Chairman.
“Several principles established by the CALA Incorporation Task Force were important for us to uphold,” McDonald said in a statement. “These include flexibility and efficiency, equal voice, autonomy and decision-making, architectural voice, preservation of work structure, funding and administrative support. The principles were designed to ensure that what worked well with CALA remains true in ROAC.