The OAA Council held its most recent gathering on Friday, December 14 in the Association’s temporary headquarters at 1 Duncan Mill Road in Toronto. The meeting marked the end of the term for four Councillors—OAA President John Stephenson, Vice President Communications Vanessa Fong, Don Ardiel and Ana Stefanovic. Incoming Councillors Barry Cline, Agata Mancini, Susan Speigel and Alberto Temprano were invited as guests.
Here is a brief rundown of some of the highlights that occurred.
Appointments to OAA Committees
Council approved the appointment of members to various OAA Committees, as well as a number of re-appointments to ensure continuity. In accordance with its policy regarding female representation on OAA Committees, Council aimed for composition proportional to the number of women who are members of the Association.
- Andrea Buschbaum
- James Farrow (chair)
- Rommel Lumbao
- Paul Mitchell
- Denis Rioux
- Vincent Alcaide
- Catherine Friis
Experience Requirements Committee
- Andrea Buschbaum
- Thea Karlavaris
- Rommel Lumbao
Practice Resource Committee (PRC)
- Oliver Beck
- David Carter
- Ted Duarte
- Leonidovich Filippov
- Paula Hamilton
- Gordon Hunt
- Rick MacEwen
- Rick Mateljan
- Laszlo Mohacsi
- Laura Rachlin
- Cory Stechyshyn
- Kevin Weiss
Sub-committee on Building Codes and Regulations (SCOBCAR)
- Gerry Conway
- Carrie Hunter
- Patrick Luckie
Practice Advocacy Coordination Team (PACT)
- Monica Aggarwal
- Kristiana Schuhmann
- Sheena Sharp
- Karim Kadri
- Michael Stock
- Isabel Amos
- Kayla Murrell
- Meghan Won
2019 OAA Annual Conference: Tours and ConEd
Council approved the roster of tours and Continuing Education sessions (ensuring a good mix of courses centred around design, sustainability, business, technical information, legal aspects and case studies) that will be offered at the OAA’s 2019 Annual Conference, which will be held in Quebec City from May 22 to 24 at the Quebec City Convention Centre and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. The name for the Friday night part was also revealed as Archifête.
Amendment to Schedule A to OAA By-laws, revised 2017
After Council approved the 2019 Annual Budget at its November meeting, Schedule A to the OAA By-Laws was amended to reflect the necessary changes. All membership and Certificate of Practice fees have been increased by 3.1 per cent while administrative fees were also increased to keep rate with inflation. Although the amended Schedule A has now come into force, it remains subject to ratification at the next Annual General Meeting (AGM).
Council was updated on the status of the Compass Energy Benchmarking tool. Approximately 18 months ago, working with the Toronto 2030 District, the OAA agreed to be the applicant for funding available from the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) to develop an energy benchmarking tool. RWDI Consulting Engineers and Scientists worked on the program, with Sustainable Buildings Canada (SBC) now taking on the ownership role of the tool.
The web-based tool, branded EnergyCompass.design, has launched to a good start and is free to OAA members. In terms of ongoing governance, the OAA will take on a role within the Advisory Committee along with the Canadian Chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA). OAA Past President and Sustainable Built Environments Committee (SBEC) member Sheena Sharp, who has been involved in this project since its inception, has been appointed by Council to be the OAA’s representative to the Advisory Committee for a two-year term.
BEFA Eligibility Requirements
At the October meeting of the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA), the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) National Standing Committee proposed changes to the eligibility requirements of the Broadly Experienced Foreign Architects (BEFA) program. These revisions, approved by Council, are intended to better reflect the reality of applicants as well as practice in Canada. (These changes are still subject to ratification across the country by CALA members before implementation.)
Recognizing McEwen Graduates
The CACB National Standing Committee also had recommendations regarding recognition of students graduating from Laurentian University’s McEwen School of Architecture prior to the school’s official accreditation. It recommends a broad approach be taken in order to address similar situations should additional Schools of Architecture be introduced. There are two main recommendations, approved by OAA Council:
1. Provincial regulators should support the intent that any graduate from a proposed School of Architecture in its final two years of candidacy, prior to receiving academic certification, be granted a conditional certification that will enable admission to the Internship in Architecture Program (IAP) administered in any Canadian jurisdiction.
2. The CACB National Standing Committee should review the Canadian Educational Standard and the terms and conditions for accreditation, drafting appropriate changes as required, to enable implementation of this provision.
Transparency in Reporting Discipline
Council approved proposing changes to the Architects Act, and the continued work of the Registrar in this regard, that deal with discipline-related transparency. The OAA requires the legal authority to be able to create regulations to summarily or administratively suspend a member for non-compliance with a mandatory program, including fees, Continuing Education or insurance. The current Act must be updated to explicitly provide the authority to create regulations related to administrative suspensions.
The Registrar recommended these regulatory changes be proposed to the Ministry of the Attorney General at the same time as the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) for efficiency.
OAA Council approved the new logo design, presented by Leo Burnett Canada during the meeting. The refined design took into account suggestions from Councillors who saw a trio of iterations at the previous Council meeting. With a few more considerations voiced, the logo consultants with make further refinements before sharing a final with the Communications Committee’s Logo Task Group.
Credit Cards and Fee Payments
Council approved the reinstatement of VISA and MasterCard credit card payments. This changes takes place effective March 2019 for Conference registration and June 2019 for all other OAA fees, services and programing.
The next regular meeting of the OAA Council, and its first of 2019, will be held at the temporary headquarters in Toronto, on Thursday, January 24. Members are welcome to attend the open meeting, and should send their RSVP to Tina Carfa