The Path to Regulation – Part I
- The transcontinental railway is completed in 1885. Several architects, mostly of English and Scottish descent, settle in B.C.
- The 1891 B.C. Directory listed 25 architects.
- The Provincial Architects’ Meeting was held on June 29, 1891. At this meeting, the British Columbia Association of Architects was formed.
- The British Columbia Association of Architects changes its name to the British Columbia Institute of Architects, which is incorporated in 1892.
- There is major growth in the economy and architectural field, with a total of 46 architects listed in the 1892 B.C.
Directory, almost double the previous year.
- The British Columbia Institute of Architects adopted their first Professional Practice and Charges of Architects on
May 8, 1892.
- In the spring of 1892, a registration bill was submitted to the provincial government, but it was defeated on the third reading.
- In February 1893, the British Columbia Institute of Architects introduced another bill that would have required architects to register with the Institute, but it was also defeated.
- The third Annual General Meeting was held on December 2, 1893.With no new members, the Institute ceased their attempts for provincial registration and turned their efforts to their own practices.
The Path to Regulation – Parts I and II are compiled with information from Taming the West: The Thirty-Year Struggle to Regulate the Architectural Profession in British Columbia. Donald Luxton, Vancouver. Published in the Journal of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, April 23, 1998.