In July 2018, a volunteer opportunity was presented in Connected to take part in the Tariff of Fees for Architectural Services Update Project. The initiative began as a Member Motion from the Floor at the 2017 Annual Meeting: “Review of Bulletin 55: Tariff for Market Multiple Residential Sector, December 2001 – in which we do not feel necessarily represents sufficient fees for the complexity of modern day process.”
The AIBC’s Tariff of Fees for Architectural Services, authorized by the Architects Act and AIBC Bylaw 29, is an important reference document for architects and their clients. It provides recommended fee and architectural services levels and can be used for project budgeting and planning. Architects are required, under Bylaw 34.16, to provide services and receive fees in substantial accord with the Tariff. This professional expectation is in place, in the public interest, as a preventative measure against inadequate services.
The volunteer component of the work for the Tariff of Fees for Architectural Services Update Project began in December 2018. To date, there have been more than 25 project meetings between seven different working groups. Each group represents a different building type; residential, commercial, healthcare, public assembly, educational, transportation and industrial. In total, there are 22 volunteers involved with the project.
The project will consist of five phases. The first stage was completed in September 2018, and focused on conducting research and a national survey which analyzed and compared all tariff and fee guidelines across Canada with the AIBC’s Tariff of Fees for Architectural Services. This important research established the foundation for the project.
The next phase, which is nearly completed, involved analyzing architectural services by sector as a basis for determining fees. Following the completion of this stage, the appropriate minimum fees for these services will be evaluated. Next steps will be incorporating the findings, as well as consolidating related Bulletins and Practice Note into a revised Tariff of Fees for Architectural Services. The draft version will be made available for public review. Feedback from this process will be considered and a final document published in mid-2020.
We would like to recognize and thank the dedicated individuals who have donated their time and expertise to this project:
- Manoochehr Azizi, Azizi Architect Inc.
- Emma Carscadden, Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects Inc.
- Don Hazleden, Housework Building Science Inc.
- Orest Klufas, Professional and Technical Services/Real Property Services, Public Services and Procurement Canada/Government of Canada
- Cal Meiklejohn, Meiklejohn Architectural Design Studio Inc.
- Christie Anderson, Arno Matis Architecture Inc.
- Kim Barnsley, McKinley Burkart
- Jocelyne Belisle, Perkins + Will Canada Architects Co.
- Matthew Emerson, HDR|CEI Architecture Associates, Inc.
- Thomas Grimwood, Grimwood Architecture Inc.
- Karl Gustavson, Karl Gustavson Architect Inc.
- Sindhuja Mahadevan, Perkins + Will Canada Architects Co.
- Karen Marler, Karen Marler Architecture Inc.
- Arno Matis, Arno Matis Architecture Inc.
- Rafael Santa Ana, Rafael Santa Ana Architecture Workshop Inc.
- Sheridan MacRae, Metric Architecture
- John Scott, HDR|CEI Architecture Associates, Inc.
- Bill Kumlin, Kumlin Sullivan Architecture Studio Ltd.
- David Kury, Stantec Architecture Ltd.
- Eleanor Lee, Provincial Health Services Authority
- Bruce Raber, Stantec Architecture Ltd.
- Jiang Zhu, Stantec Architecture Ltd.
Without the knowledge, expertise and commitment of these volunteers, the progress that has been made on revising the Tariff of Fees for Architectural Services document would not have been possible.
We would also like to recognize the contributions of Maura Gatensby Architect AIBC, Hui Hu Architect AIBC, and Brian Sim Architect AIBC, who have managed the initiative for the Institute.