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Council Highlights: June 20, 2018 Meeting

The most recent meeting of OAA Council took place on Wednesday, June 20, at the Association’s temporary Headquarters at 1 Duncan Mill Road in Toronto. It gave councillors an opportunity to deal with numerous priority and agenda items. Here is a brief rundown of some of the major highlights that occurred. 
Renewing the logo
As the OAA embarks on a redesign of its website to ensure it meets the current needs of the Association, a similar ‘renewal’ approach will happen for its logo. The current logo, designed 19 years ago, needs to be revisited to ensure it is accessible and able to speak to bilingual audiences. The current logo can also be problematic from a design standpoint—it is not optimized for digital use and must be renewed in a way that allows it to be reproduced both physically and digitally while maintaining a consistent brand identity. 
Council passed a motion for the OAA Communications Committee to embark on an invited RFP procurement process, following quality-based selection (QBS), to select a consultant to assist with a logo redesign. 
Updates on the relationship with ARIDO
The Council was updated on the activities of the Joint Task Group with the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO). The recent survey of OAA members on this initiative resulted in a positive response rate of 70 per cent to proceed; notwithstanding, there were certainly questions around the details of the model for regulation of interior design under the Architects Act that need clarification. The OAA will be working with ARIDO to issue updated communication in the coming weeks to continue to address members’ questions and concerns. At the June 20 meeting, Council reconfirmed its commitment to this initiative and approval to proceed with further refinement of the details of the model.  
Exploring a National Architecture Policy
The national Sub-committee on the Future of the Profession of Architecture provided a report on its progress into a National Architecture Policy. At the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) May 30 meeting in St. John, New Brunswick, provincial regulators were requested to review the Sub-committee documents; they are now expected to offer feedback with respect to participation in the consultation phase next year. The final phase, planned for 2020, is where the National Architecture Policy is formalized and there is intention for adoption by government.  
On a related note, l’ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ) announced the establishment of an Architecture Strategy for the province of Québec. 
CACB update from CALA
Council was updated on the activities of the National Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) Standing Committee. A CACB subcommittee comprising architects from across the country had reviewed the national competency matrix associated with the Broadly Experience Foreign Architect (BEFA) program, presenting its findings to CALA. 
This matrix, used in the overall assessment of BEFA candidates, is the standard for entry into the profession; it includes the competencies set by all the regulators. OAA Council agreed to accept CACB’s suggested revisions to the matrix. 
CHOP renewal
OAA Council received the report presented to the recent meeting of CALA regarding the renewal of the Canadian Handbook of Practice (CHOP). The release of the third edition of CHOP continues to be on target for June 2019. The revised table of contents has been completed, with five new sections being identified for inclusion:
  • Career Transitions;
  • Mentoring and Supervising Through Transitions;
  • Starting an Architectural Practice;
  • Technology Systems; and
  • Managing Project Scope.
Via the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), a call will be issued shortly for individual to join the writing team in either working on new sections or revising existing ones. Exploration into the platform for online delivery of the renewed CHOP is currently underway. 
Society Chairs
The annual Society Chairs meeting, held at the Toronto Delta Hotel as part of the 2018 OAA Annual Conference in Toronto on May 22, was recapped. At the Societies event, the OAA/ARIDO progress had been discussed, along with RFP/Contract Alert e-mails, special project funding (SPF) of local events and updates on various Association initiatives ranging from the SHIFT 2019: Infrastructure/Architecture Challenge to the Headquarters Renew + Refresh project. As well, there was some conversation on concerns regarding high building permit fees and how this topic could be further explored. 
Feedback was also sought on agenda items for the fall Society Chairs Workshop, which will take place on September 14, 2018 in Toronto. 
Sponsorship for the Imagining My Sustainable Community program
OAA Council approved a request to once again sponsor No.9 Contemporary Art & the Environment’s  Imagining My Sustainable City Program (IMSC) for $25,000. (It previously participated in the event in 2015 and 2017.) 
Aligning with the OAA’s public education and awareness objectives, the IMSC program is focused on education of elementary school children related to sustainability and green design. The program also runs with the help of volunteer OAA members. 
Next Meeting
The next Council meeting will take place on Thursday, September 13, at the OAA’s Temporary Headquarters in Toronto, located at 1 Duncan Mill Road. Members are welcome to attend the open meeting. Please RSVP to Tina Carfa if you plan to be there.