The public protection mandate of the AIBC includes investigating and taking appropriate steps when non-architects illegally offer or provide architectural services or represent themselves as architects or other registrants. This authority is granted to the AIBC through the Architects Act. Concern for the public interest is of primary importance.
The AIBC’s Illegal Practice Committee assists Institute staff in investigating alleged contraventions of the Act that involve misrepresentation and the illegal practice of architecture.
Reporting a possible infraction
Anyone can report a possible infraction of the Act. To do so, please complete the following steps:
- First, determine if the individual or business is registered with the AIBC by searching our database of AIBC members, associates and firms. Or, you may contact the Institute directly.
- Collect as much pertinent information and documentation as possible. Digital photographs of a project sign, photocopies of permit applications, business cards, title blocks, articles, relevant correspondence, and/or drawings are very useful. Include contact information for the alleged contravener.
- Submit your information, in writing by mail, fax or email, to the AIBC’s Illegal Practice Department:
Architectural Institute of British Columbia
Attn. AIBC Illegal Practice Department
100 – 440 Cambie Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 2N5
- AIBC Bulletin 30: The Architects Act of British Columbia – Enforcement Procedures
- AIBC Bulletin 31: Buildings Requiring the Services of an Architect
- AIBC Bulletin 31 Appendix A: Comparison Chart - BC Building Code Requirements for Architectural Services and the Architects Act Requirements for Hiring an Architect
- AIBC Bulletin 32: Right to Title: The Legal Use of “Architect” and Derivatives
- Does That Project Need An Architect?
AIBC Illegal Practice Department: IllegalPractice@aibc.ca