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Canadian Handbook of Practice for Architects, 3rd Edition Editorial Board

Call for Volunteers

Term: Anticipated term of 24 Months 
Compensation: Travel, Accommodation, Honorarium
Application Deadline: Friday, November 10, 2017
Information and Contact: Donald Ardiel, Director, Practice Support, RAIC, 613-241-3600, ext.202  
The Canadian Handbook of Practice for Architects (“the CHOP”) is created and published by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) with the support of the 11 provincial and territorial regulators of the architectural profession in Canada. First published in 1999 with a 2nd edition published in 2009, the CHOP describes the overarching purpose of the profession, the scope of design and related services, and features the numerous processes, techniques and tools needed for architectural practice. The CHOP places architectural practice within the network of professional disciplines, builders, authorities, and owners and stakeholders. The CHOP is not a set of prescriptive checklists but a reflection of the standard of care and best practices for the delivery of architectural services. It captures the expectations of the public, owners, and our design/construction industry partners. 
With input from professional organizations, subject matter experts, design/construction industry stakeholders, and architects across the country, the Editorial Board serves as the shaper and final arbiter of CHOP content.    
Changes in expectations, technology and the design/construction industry landscape require that the CHOP be updated to reflect best practices in contemporary architectural services delivery. Developed in multiple delivery formats using adaptive technology, the CHOP 3rd Edition is planned for complete released in Spring 2019 with possible subsequent incremental releases.  
The objectives of the Editorial Board are that the CHOP is:
  • an accurate and realistic reflection of best practices in architectural services delivery;
  • promoting architectural practice innovation;
  • both comprehensive and concise; 
  • supportive of practitioners in both their day to day activities and their aspirational goals; and
  • agnostic, in that it does not favour one business model of practice over another nor draw conclusions about a particular practice method or process without substantial documentation to support that conclusion.       
The responsibilities of the Editorial Board include:
  • Reviewing and analyzing feedback about the current use of the CHOP and recommendations for the 3rd Edition;
  • Developing the initial table of contents for the 3rd edition;
  • Supporting the Editor-in-Chief in recruitment of subject matter experts;
  • The Reviewing content generated by contracted subject matter experts and providing editorial comment;
  • Reach a consensus on the final draft of all content;
  • Authorize the release of content for formatting, graphic design, and multi-platform delivery; and
  • Prepare a lessons-learned report.   
Authority and Reporting
The Editorial Board is the final authority on the CHOP content and reports their activities to the CHOP Steering Committee.   
The membership of the editorial Board is comprised of:
  • Seven architects, ideally geographically representative, and include at least three architects who are in professional practice;
  • One representative of a Canadian School of Architecture who is a licensed/registered to practice in a Canadian jurisdiction;
  • RAIC Director of Practice Support filling the role of non-voting Editor-in-Chief/Managing Editor.
The members of the Editorial Board will be expected to make their involvement in the Board a high priority. There will be considerable volumes of material to read, review, and provide both summary and detailed comment. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable turnaround time for member input, however, Editorial Board members must commit to meet timelines. 
Although nominated by a provincial regulator or the RAIC, Editorial Board members are not representatives of that organization. The Editorial Board itself is the final arbiter of content and members are not intended to be spokespeople for other organizations or interests.    
The Editorial Board is supported by the Editor-in-Chief and RAIC Program Office Staff. Logistics, travel arrangements, and communications will be the responsibility of the RAIC-assigned Program Officer. The Program Office will manage the language editing, layout and graphic art, and translation.   
Application Submission and Contact Information
If shaping the practice of architecture in Canada appeals to you, we look forward to receiving your application.  
Your application should include a letter of interest stating why you are an optimal candidate, experience in writing and editing technical documents, and depth and breadth of knowledge about architectural practice in Canada. As well, please include a recent CV. 
Applications should be forwarded by Friday, November 10, 2017 to Donald Ardiel, Director, Practice Support, RAIC, 613-241-3600, ext. 202.