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Working with an Architect

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Find An OAA Member
Are you looking to work with an Architect? You need to find a Certificate of Practice holder that can offer architectural services to the public in Ontario. Use this directory below to find practices, as well as search for OAA licensed members, Student Associates, and Intern Architects. 

If you are looking for more information on architects and how to choose a practice with which to work, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has created a primer: "What is An Architect? at

What OAA Licensed Members Do

Architects are authorized to practise architecture in the province of Ontario. They design and consult on anything related to spaces in our built environment.

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Benefits of Working with an Architect

Good architecture is intentional. While the law requires an architect for certain construction types, there are always advantages to working with a practice, no matter what the project. Learn more here.

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Contracts for Professional Services

The services provided to a client are rendered most effectively when a clear understanding of the work to be done or not done exists between the client and the architect, and is incorporated into a written contractual agreement.

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Qualifications-Based Selection

The Ontario Association of Architects recommends the use of the Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) procurement process (sometimes also known as Quality-Based Selection) as the best practice for selecting a professional consultant.

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When Do You Need an Architect?

To protect public health, safety, and welfare, the Architects Act defines architecture and sets out which types of buildings in Ontario require an architect by law. Find out more.

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Architectural Design Competitions

Architectural design competitions can be a great, equitable way to solicit a wide range of ideas and approaches for large-scale, landmark, or infrastructure projects. Learn more about hosting or participating in one.


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Events Calendar

Check out our events calendar for a wide array of online and in-person events. Also submit an event using our new online form.

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OAA Contract Suite

Did you know the OAA offers free contracts for its members and the general public? These downloadable standardized contracts make it easier for all to enter into fair, balanced business relationships.