On behalf of AIBC Council and staff, it is my pleasure to share the Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s 2019–2023 Strategic Plan.
Beginning in late 2017, the plan took more than a year to create. It was a multi-stage process that consisted of an environmental scan, calls for registrant and stakeholder feedback, facilitated sessions, discussions amongst AIBC Council and staff, as well as thorough editing, iterating and refining. The final version is a reflection of the Institute’s ongoing commitment to regulating the profession of architecture on behalf of the public at the highest level of excellence. It sets the Institute’s strategic priorities and direction for the next five years, acting as a roadmap that will guide the organization’s programs and initiatives.
Several themes can be found throughout the Strategic Plan, which all support the five-year goals and outcomes.
The core theme is regulatory in nature. Regulating the profession of architecture in the interest of the public underpins the entire plan, ensuring that all strategies and initiatives support this practice and solidify our identity as a regulatory entity. In addition, working with the government to update the Architects Act continues to be a priority, which would allow the AIBC to more effectively regulate in the public interest.
Leadership has become increasingly important – the plan places the Institute and registrants in a role where we can exercise our interdisciplinary voice in the built environment, and play a key role as stewards and educators in the interest of protecting the public. Complementary to leadership are the themes of partnership and public education. The Strategic Plan welcomes collaboration across disciplines and professions in the pursuit of common goals, and emphasizes our role in educating the public on the role of the architectural profession and its value to society.
Several key changes were made to the 2019–2023 Strategic Plan, including a revised mandate and vision. The below points highlight some of these revisions; however, I highly encourage you to review the full plan to gain a comprehensive understanding of the Institute’s strategic direction for the next five years.
The AIBC’s mandate was refined to improve clarity and understanding regarding the key function of the Institute:
“In the interest of the public, the Architectural Institute of British Columbia regulates the profession of architecture through a responsive regulatory framework.”
To partner our focused, regulatory mandate, AIBC Council and staff have created a new and aspirational vision:
“Inspiring architectural leadership and excellence through progressive regulation.”
Whereas the last Strategic Plan consisted of five goals, the 2019–2023 version was refined into four key areas. Each goal is now also paired with desired outcomes over the five-year period providing a measurable “end-state”:
- Goal 1 | Regulatory Framework Alignment
Align and improve the regulatory framework to better protect the public.
- Goal 2 | Registrant Competency and Professionalism
Foster competent, professional, diverse, and engaged registrants who continue to adapt to meet the evolving needs of the public and public policy.
- Goal 3 | Public Confidence and Education
Take a leadership role in advancing public confidence in and understanding of the architectural profession as stewards of the built environment, and the AIBC’s regulatory role.
- Goal 4 | Institutional Excellence
Demonstrate a sustainable commitment to leadership and excellence in our governance and operations.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the creation of the 2019–2023 AIBC Strategic Plan. Your perspectives and insight played a key role in building and shaping its final state. We are confident that it provides clear direction in continuing to advance our regulatory mandate at the highest level of institutional excellence. We look forward to the next five years!
Danica Djurkovic Architect AIBC
AIBC Council President