With the new OAA Website launching later this spring, the current “Discover an Architect” feature will evolve into a Member Directory that increases transparency for the general public by connecting discipline decisions to members and practices, and offering a separate form for submitting complaints.
In 2019, Council moved to include discipline history and link it with individuals in the Member Directory and make it clearly visible to all users. The decision ensures the architectural profession can be seen as a leader in transparency, accountability, and good governance, helping to fulfil the OAA’s mandate to serve and protect the general public interest. This approach to online member registries has fast become the new norm for regulators.
While members will no longer have the ability to create or post profiles or photos within the Member Directory, the online resource will still allow searching for practices by name and postal code. Accessible to the general public, the Member Directory will continue to include not only architects and Licensed Technologists OAA, but also interns and student associates. The definition of all OAA member types will also be more clearly explained to ensure users understand the professional requirements related to the practice of architecture in Ontario.
The revised Member Directory is only one component of the redesigned website, which is scheduled to launch in the spring. Other objectives being addressed include meeting accessibility standards, restructuring the site to ensure better member support and awareness for the public, updating the content management system, and redesigning the information in an engaging, user-friendly manner—including responsive layouts for cellphones and tablets.