The Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) is look for Visiting Team members to participate in Site Visits. If you would like to join a Visiting Team, please send your Expressions of Interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, December 4. Further information regarding the opportunity can be found below:
Canadian Architectural Certification Board
Being a Visiting Teams Member
Members of Visiting Teams contribute their time, but are reimbursed for expenses.
Visiting teams are charged with assessing, during the Site Visit, the Program’s conformance with the CACB Conditions for Accreditation, and with making a confidential recommendation on a term of accreditation to the CACB directors.
The core Visiting Team consists of five voting members (including the Team Chair). It is comprised of two members representing the CCUSA, who are experienced architectural educators; two members representing the CALA, who are broadly experienced practicing architects; and a student representative or an intern.
The Site Visit Schedule
Site visits are typically conducted during the winter term, when some student work is complete and other work is in progress. A typical Site Visit consists of five days – it begins on Saturday afternoon with a team introduction and orientation, and concludes on Wednesday at noon with a school-wide exit meeting with faculty and students.
Participating in the Site Visit
The team reviews documentation of the programme’s institutional context, examines student and faculty exhibits, conducts open-ended interviews, and tours the facilities to identify concerns that may not have been evident in the submitted Annual Programme Report. In addition, the team chair customarily provides an opportunity for unscheduled confidential interviews with the entire team or the team chair at the request of the faculty or students, individually or collectively.
The CACB is a national independent non-profit corporation. The directors are elected from individuals nominated by the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA), the Canadian Council of University Schools of Architecture (CCUSA), and the Canadian Architecture Students’ Association (CASA). The CACB is a decision-making and policy-generating body. It is the sole organization recognized by the architectural profession in Canada to assess the educational qualifications of architecture graduates (Certification Program) and to accredit professional degree programs in architecture that are offered by Canadian universities (Accreditation Program).
The CACB head office is in Ottawa, Ontario. It adheres to the principles of fairness, transparency, clarity, and ethical business practices in all of its activities.
What is Accreditation?
- Accreditation is the process to determine and to certify the achievement and maintenance of reasonable and appropriate national standards of education for professionals.
- Accreditation is a voluntary cyclic review and assessment process whereby educational institutions and/or programs are recognized for quality when reviewed against pre-determined standards or criteria of excellence established and measured by peers.
- Accreditation signifies that a professional program in Architecture has a satisfactory standard of educational achievement. This achievement is ascertained by an evaluation process carried out by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB).
- Accreditation typically requires a self-evaluation on the part of the institution, followed by a site visit and review conducted by a team representing the CACB. The decision regarding accreditation is made by the CACB.
Accredited Schools of Architecture in Canada
Currently all the accredited professional Prgrams are Masters (M. Arch)
- University of British Columbia,
- University of Calgary,
- Carleton University,
- Dalhousie University,
- Université Laval,
- McGill University
- University of Manitoba,
- Université de Montréal
- Ryerson University
- University of Toronto,
- University of Waterloo.