Since 2011, the AIBC has been engaged in a comprehensive bylaw review process to address both substantive bylaw subject matter areas and more routine amendments. The Bylaw Review Committee (BRC), supported by AIBC Council, is now consulting with members on a suite of ‘administrative’ bylaws.
The suite is organized into four topic areas: Firms; Admission/Registration; Fees and Fines; and Chapters. The proposed amendments are relatively minor in nature. An overview of each topic, including a PDF of the bylaw amendments and supporting rationales, can be found below:
- Firms: Amendments proposed for architectural firm bylaws relate primarily to simplifying the information requirements for firms while bolstering the importance of such information in the regulation of the profession, including the annual firm update. A revised bylaw is proposed to specific corporate firm requirements in the Act, including shareholders expectations.
- Admission/Registration: Minor wordsmithing to the architect’s declaration or ‘oath’ is proposed, with a suggestion that council consider a fuller review of the currency and content of that declaration. No changes to honorary membership or the architect’s “title” bylaws are proposed. There are two new proposed bylaws in this category to supplement the key sections in the Architects Act related to admission to the profession through internship or alternative qualifications. These bylaws would require council to formally consolidate, in a set of council rules, registration criteria found in the Act such as “good moral character,” “good professional conduct” and approving architectural training in other jurisdictions. The goal is to ensure a higher level of transparency and consistency in relation to registration requirement for architects.
- Fees and Fines: A single fees and fines bylaw would be established and updated to ensure the full scope of institute ‘charges’ is given clearer bylaw authority.
- Chapters: The Chapters bylaw recommendations largely mirror the Bylaw Review Committee (BRC) recommendations from 2012, and would see the ‘administrative’ of AIBC chapters moved to council rules for greater flexibility and oversight.
For more information about the AIBC Bylaw Review Process, please visit the bylaw review webpage.
The consultation period for the proposed suite of Administrative Bylaws 2018 initiative begins on February 13, and will run until April 19, 2018. An in-person and online consultation session will be held at the AIBC office at 100-440 Cambie Street at the following time:
Date: March 6
Time: 12–1:30 p.m.
Location: In-person (AIBC Office) and online via WebEx
Learning Units (LUs): 1 Core
RSVP: In-person* (Register by March 4 at 4 p.m.)
RSVP: Online (Register by March 4 at 4 p.m.)
*Please note that lunch will be served to those who attend the in-person session from 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The in-person and online sessions are available to a maximum of 25 participants (each) on a first come, first serve basis. A minimum of 8 people are required in order for the session to be hosted.
- Read the full background Memorandum to Council (PDF) on the proposed bylaw amendments.
- View the PowerPoint Presentation from the consultation session (available after March 6, 2018).
Throughout the consultation process, members and associates are invited and encouraged to provide feedback.
Feedback can be submitted to the Bylaw Review Committee by emailing email@example.com. In addition, an online feedback form will be available for members and associates to share their comments. The form will be open from February 13, 2018 until April 19, 2018.
Member Vote and Results
AIBC members and honorary members are entitled and encouraged to vote on proposed suite of Administrative Bylaws 2018. The passage of AIBC Bylaws requires at least five per cent of the number of eligible voters and a minimum of two-thirds of affirmative majority of ballots cast by eligible voters.
The member vote is anticipated to take place during the summer of 2018.
Results will be made available after the voting period closes.