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About the Local Societies

Societies are the grass-roots of the OAA. Located in 14 communities across Ontario, societies provide a venue for dialogue between local architects, a support network for professional advice, social interaction among the architectural community and opportunities for leadership, continuing education and community outreach. 

The purpose of having Local Societies is to ensure that there is a meaningful way of representing the regional interests and concerns of architects across the province.  Societies are very active within the community and often develop partnerships or collaborate with the municipality, school boards, heritage and historical societies and local construction associations. Their projects and events include organizing and participating in lectures, forums, building tours, networking events and exhibits. 

Who can join a Local Society?

OAA Members 
All members (Architects, Architects (Non-Practising), Licensed Technologist OAA) and Status categories (Intern Architects, Student Associates, Retired Members, Life Members, and Honorary Members) of the OAA are eligible for membership within a Local Architectural Society, provided they have paid their respective OAA membership dues. Annual Society membership dues also apply to obtain membership in the Society.

In addition to Members of the Society, Societies can admit any member of the public as Affiliates of the Society.  Eligibility requirements and annual dues for Affiliates can be set by the individual Society.  


Click here to go to the Local Architectural Society Interactive Map to determine which Society you belong to. 

Why should I join a Local Society?

Whether you are a student, intern or architect, being a part of a Local Architecture Society has its benefits. Not only is it a chance to develop valuable connections in your area, but it also gives you a support network and opportunity to talk about issues that affect architects and practices. Local Societies have varied interests and resources. Membership types, in some cases, allow for members of the general public and allied industry representatives to join.


Click here to go to the Local Architectural Society Interactive Map to determine which Society you belong to. 

How do I join a Local Society?

New OAA members and interns are not asked on their initial membership applications if they would like to join their respective Local Architectural Society, however; upon membership renewal (each subsequent January) they will have the option pay their Society fees in conjunction with their OAA member fees. Payments can be made to the OAA until March 31. After that date, please contact your local Society Chair to make your payment. If, in this first year a new member or intern wants to join a Society, they will have to contact the Society Chair directly.

Non-OAA members are asked to contact the respective Society Chair to be registered. You will need to refer to the Local Architectural Society Map to see which Society your residence/business falls belongs to. Some Societies such as Toronto and Ottawa, who have a large member base, have an online application process. There is a fee associated to become a Society member which you will pay directly to the Society.

What are the current Societies?