A Retired Member is a person who has resigned their membership in good standing and is then appointed this status by the Registrar. Retired Members may use the title “architect (retired)” or “architecte (retraité),” but not the designation “OAA” following their name. Per the guidelines below, they may offer services in limited circumstances, generally as an employee of a Certificate of Practice or within the parameters permitted to non-architects under Subsection 11(3) of the Architects Act.
Retired Members are unable to provide supervision and direction of an architectural practice, as required by the Architects Act.
Retired status is valid for one year, and the individual must pay the renewal fee annually.
As status-holders with the OAA, Retired Members continue to receive a
reduced rate package to attend the annual Conference, can attend the
virtual AGM and receive email communications, and log into the OAA
An individual must have:
• resigned their membership, thereby surrendering their Licence and, if applicable, Certificate of Practice, in accordance with the Guidelines below;
• returned their OAA Seal, if applicable;
• advised their employer, if continuing employment, that they are no longer an architect licensed by the OAA;
• been appointed a Retired Member by the Registrar; and
• paid the fee prescribed by the Bylaw.
A Life Member is a person who has resigned their membership in good standing, currently holds the status of Retired Member, has reached the age of 75, and has been appointed as a Life Member by OAA Council. In their 76th year, the Life Member does not pay the Retired Member fee.
New Life Members are acknowledged annually at the OAA Annual General Meeting (AGM).
Guidelines for Surrendering a Licence
Guidelines for Surrendering a Licence and Certificate of Practice