The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) is enabled by the Government of Ontario, under Provincial statute (Architects Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. A.26), to regulate the profession of architecture in the province, with a mandate to protect the public. The OAA has the sole official responsibility to ensure the provisions of the Architects Act are upheld and to enforce that legislation.
The OAA is a multi-object professional self-regulatory organization. As prescribed in the Architects Act, the following are its objects.
The principal object of the Association is to regulate the practice of architecture and to govern its members, holders of certificates of practice, and holders of temporary licences in accordance with this Architects Act, the regulations, and the by-laws in order that the public interest may be served and protected. R.S.O. 1990, c. A.26, s. 2 (2).
- For the purpose of carrying out its principal object, the Association has the following additional objects:
- To establish, maintain, and develop standards of knowledge and skill among its members.
- To establish, maintain, and develop standards of qualification and standards of practice for the practice of architecture.
- To establish, maintain, and develop standards of professional ethics among its members.
- To establish and maintain or to assist in the establishment and maintenance of classes, schools, exhibitions, or lectures in, and to promote public appreciation of, architecture and the allied arts and sciences.
- To perform such other duties and exercise such other powers as are imposed or conferred on the Association by or under any Act. R.S.O. 1990, c. A.26, s. 2 (3).
Bylaws are a form of regulation authorized by the governing legislation, the Architects Act. Listed below, they govern administrative and operational activities and decisions of the OAA Council. Bylaws allow the Association to undertake activities that not only contribute to the regulation of its members and practices, but also support and advance the profession as long as doing so does not impede or interfere with the OAA’s primary objective to protect the public.
OAA By-Laws revised 2017
Form 1 - Proxy
By-Laws Approved at the AGM:
OAA By-law 1, 2014