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Council Highlights: November 7, 2019 Meeting

On Thursday, November 7, OAA Council held a meeting at the Association’s Headquarters in Toronto. The event 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.

Budget Approval for 2020

Senior Vice President and Treasurer Walter Derhak, on behalf of the OAA Budget Committee, presented the draft 2020 general activities and operating budget, as well as the capital budget. Council approved a balanced budget that included a transfer of specified amounts into the capital and legal reserves.

The OAA’s new financial year begins December 1, 2019. Information about annual membership renewals will be sent out shortly.

Architecture Policy for Canada

Council received a report of updates from the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA), and approved its Future of the Profession Sub-committee to begin work on the 2020 portion of Phase II of the Architecture Policy for Canada project. “Consultation and Validation of Draft Policy” follows the completed development of consultation documents and consultation process last year.

To learn more about the initiative, branded “Rise for Architecture,” click here

OAA Council appointed Life Members and approved the list of Long Standing Members. Those individuals are now being contacted by the President, and their names will be shared in a future edition of OAA News. The Long Standing status signifies 50 years of membership as a licensed architect in Ontario, while Life Members are elected from among the ranks of Retired Members

Quality-Based Selection RFP

For more than a decade, the OAA has committed to the use and broader adoption of quality-based selection (QBS) as the preferred method of procurement. Among the measures taken to promote QBS is an online kit containing general information, templates (blank and filled-out samples) and model procurement documents.

Council has agreed to the OAA issuing an RFP for an organization or individual to review and update the existing suite of documents, as well as creating any other templates, guides or documents necessary for the OAA to successfully promote QBS. Through this work, the consultant would perform a literature review of OAA materials, review the existing messaging on the current website, update the documents and develop further resources for the new OAA Website and other channels.

Sustainable Built Environment Committee: Terms of Reference

With the architecture profession striving to take a leading role in finding approaches to the climate crisis, Council supported the OAA’s Sustainable Built Environment Committee (SBEC) changes to its Terms of Reference. SBEC will serve in an advisory role to OAA Council and Committees on sustainable design and environmental issues related to the built environment. It will analyse, review and recommend opportunities where the Association can lead and the architectural profession can evolve and respond to the climate crisis.

Among its objectives are ensuring that sustainability is integrated in all OAA work, and disseminating information about environmentally responsible and resilient design and construction among OAA Committees, Task Groups and the general membership.

Headquarters Renew and Refresh

Over the course of the fall, the OAA Headquarters successfully hosted numerous meetings, of varying sizes and attendees. A class of master’s students from Carleton’s University’s Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism visited for a professional practice lecture and tour of the building, while many architects also came to participate in an event linked with a successful blower door test. Further, the Admission Course was held onsite and some intern architects were able to write their Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC) tests at the building.

Reframed artwork and a video wall are now up, and audiovisual systems are facilitating teleconference meetings. Remaining deficiencies involving finishes and hardware are being finalized, and the last set of photovoltaic panels—which will form a solar pergola over the OAA’s terrace—should soon be up.

A maintenance and service contract for the upkeep of the panels is currently being sourced. Similarly, a proposal to establish ongoing monitoring and maintenance of the building automation system and controls is currently being reviewed. This will allow easy monitoring of energy performance and objectives under the 2030 Challenge. A quote has also been received for the application of the necessary bird-friendly measures for the high-risk zones of the building to mitigate bird strikes in accordance with the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) report commissioned prior to the commencement of the renovation.

Articles on the Renew+Refresh project continue to appear in trade media and a Continuing Education session will be held at The Buildings Show in Toronto in early December. A more in-depth plan for education and opportunities for public awareness will also be discussed with the new Comprehensive Education Committee.

The grand public re-opening of the building continues to be planned for spring 2020 in connection with the OAA Conference and Doors Open.

Other Updates

Other items discussed at the Council meeting include the Association’s attendance at the recent Construction and Design Alliance of Ontario (CDAO) Annual General Meeting and the Local Architectural Societies Fall Workshop—both of which were held at the OAA Headquarters. The purpose of the latter was to provide an opportunity for local Societies and the OAA to share current activities and initiatives, and foster dialogue between the Association and its local chapters. For more information, read the report by clicking here

The next Council meeting—the final one of the year—takes place on Friday, December 13 at the OAA Headquarters. As always, members are welcome to attend the open meeting. Please send your RSVP to Tina Carfa if you plan to be there.