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Council Highlights - January 22, 2016 Meeting

The following items were dealt with by Council at the January 22, 2016 meeting.  
Election of Officers
The first item of business for the 2016 Council was the elections of officers. As reported via the special OAA News on January 22 the following is the OAA Executive Committee for 2016:   
Toon Dreessen, President (acclaimed)
John Stephenson,  Senior Vice President & Treasurer (acclaimed)
Vice Presidents by election: 
Barry Cline
Vanessa Fong
Kathleen Kurtin
David Rich
Vice President Fong will continue leading the Communications Portfolio for 2016 and Vice President Rich will carry on with the Strategic Portfolio. Vice President Kurtin moves to the Practice Portfolio and Vice President Cline takes on the Regulatory Portfolio.  
RFP for Study of OAA Honours & Awards Program
The RFP for the engagement of a consultant to conduct the proposed study of the OAA's Honours and Awards program was approved. The objective of the study is to complete a review of the OAA Awards program and present alternatives/recommendations for the future. OAA Council wishes to ensure that the OAA Awards Program is designed, governed, and administered in a manner that promotes and celebrates architectural excellence as effectively as possible within the broader framework of the OAA’s mission and mandate.  The project is scheduled to begin in March and be completed by May 31, 2016.
Presentation by OAAAS
Council welcomed OAAAS President, Jeremiah Gammond and Executive Director, Garry Neil to the meeting for their annual report and presentation to Council.  
Gammond noted that the OAAAS Board is  beginning a review process with the following objectives for which proposals will be developed and brought to Council for review and consideration:
  • Refine the program – reinforce the OAA’s stated mandate and mission
  • Source out ways to continue to increase membership with a target of 10% of the OAA member base to form Lic.Tech.OAAs. 
The OAAAS is the architectural technology program of the OAA which administers the pathway to become a Licensed Technologist OAA.   
'CSA Greatest Hits' 
Council reconfirmed its approval to purchase a set of licences from CSA for a one year pilot period which would allow practices free access to “CSA's 10 Greatest Hits”. This pilot had been previously approved however platform issues have held up implementation. The launch will be in the coming month and for the immediate future access to selected OBC Referenced Standards will be for Windows users only. Unfortunately, CSA does not have the standards available in this format for APPLE/MAC users. Watch for further information.  
Sponsorship for the Venice biennale  
OAA Council approved sponsorship for a second entry from Canada for the 2016 Venice Biennale. The Evidence Room, an installation by Robert Jan van Pelt in cooperation with a team from the University of Waterloo. In 2000 the notorious British Holocaust denier David Irving sued an American historian for libel in a trial held in London, England. At issue was whether the Holocaust had really happened, or whether the planned and systematic murder of six million European Jews was an elaborate hoax. The battle over the meaning of the architectural evidence took center stage. Ultimately, forensic interpretation of the blueprints and architectural remains of the Auschwitz crematoria helped confirm the truth of the  Holocaust – the defining crime of the twentieth century.
The Evidence Room: Auschwitz and Forensic Architecture in the Courtroom consists of life-size casts of the key pieces of architectural evidence (gas column, gas door, ventilators, blueprints, architects’ correspondence, contractors’ bills) that substantiate the testimonies of both Auschwitz survivors and penitent perpetrators that the camp was a purposefully designed factory of death, equipped with large, homicidal gas chambers and massive incinerators and will be featured in the International Pavilion.  
Moving ahead with work on Consortium Business Model 
Council approved a proposal to fund a study via the University of Ryerson which will assist with the development of a consortium business model guideline for small and medium sized practices. These efforts are in response to the motion brought forward to the OAA's Annual General Meeting last spring. The main objectives of the study and research are to identify existing models and resources currently available while understanding the business of architecture in Ontario. How these fit together as well as identification of gaps and barriers is also a critical piece of the work which should be underway shortly.  
Follow up re. Fall Society Chairs Workshop 
Council received an update on the implementation of specific administrative items and initiatives as a result of its fall workshop with Society Chairs. Through the OAA's Architectural Graduate, the OAA provides a variety of administrative mechanisms to the societies as a means to support their ongoing local efforts. Societies are seen as a vital part of the profession's efforts to raise awareness around architecture and the important role that architects play in shaping our communities and the built environment.