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Who Can Join

Affiliate Membership | Associate Membership

Full Membership

Full Membership is reserved for individuals with formal defined qualifications in the field of architecture. It includes the following categories:

Members in these categories may use the MRAIC (Member of RAIC | Architecture Canada) or FRAIC (Fellow of RAIC | Architecture Canada) designation.

Licensed (or Registered) Architects are encouraged to use the title “Architect” after their name. This not only clarifies professional status, but also helps reinforce the numerous important roles in society held by architects.

Qualifications

The qualifications acceptable for full membership are as follows:

(i)

active or retired members of a Canadian provincial architectural licensing organization; or

(ii)

individuals who have been certified by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB); or

(iii)

graduates of the RAIC Syllabus of Studies who have obtained CACB certification; or

(iv)

graduates from a professional degree program at a Canadian University School of Architecture; on or before June 30, 1995; or

(v)

graduates of a CACB-accredited professional degree program after June 30, 1995; or

(vi)

graduates from a foreign school of architecture at the discretion of the Board. The following items are to be provided for Full Membership:
 

  • A letter of support from a RAIC | Architecture Canada member,
  • Proof of residency in Canada,
  • A résumé confirming education and experience,
  • Confirmation of employment within the design and construction sector,
  • A copy of an architecture diploma or degree from a foreign institute; or

(vii)

on the recommendation of the Program Head, the holder of an academic appointment at a Canadian University School of Architecture.


Architects

Architects are those who have been Licensed or Registered with one of the eleven provincial/territorial associations. Licensed or Registered Architects are also encouraged to use the title, "Architect" after their name.


Interns or Intern Architects

Interns or Intern Architects are enrolled in the Internship program with one of the eleven provincial/territorial associations of architects. 


Graduates

Graduates are those who graduated from a professional degree program in architecture from one of the eleven Canadian University School of Architecture and have not yet enrolled in Internship with one of the licensing bodies.

2016/2017 Graduates – enjoy a 2017 membership FREE.


Faculty Members

Faculty Members are those with an architectural background and are teaching full-time in one of the Canadian University Schools of Architecture.


Fellows

The College of Fellows formally recognizes members and distinguished laypersons who have made outstanding contributions to the profession. Fellowship in the RAIC is an honour conferred on members singled out for their contribution to research, scholarship, public service or professional standing to the good of architecture in Canada, or elsewhere.

A Member must have been a member of the Institute for at least five years prior to nomination as a Fellow. Fellowship is bestowed for life and is one of the highest honours the Institute can confer upon a Member.


Life Members or Life Fellows

A Member or Fellow may become a Life Member or Life Fellow after 40 years of continuous membership with the RAIC (or reach 75 years of age and have completed 10 years of membership), or at the discretion of the Board of Directors. A Life Member is not required to pay annual membership dues. Life Members shall retain all their rights and privileges except a Life Member cannot be eligible for election to office.

A copy of your RAIC certificate or your provincial association certificate is required or if this is not available a letter attesting to membership continuously for 40 years will be considered.

Life Members or Life Fellows can be members of the RAIC free of charge.


Retired Members or Retired Fellows

A Member or Fellow retiring may continue as a retired Member of the RAIC with payment of reduced annual fees. Retired Members retain all of their rights and privileges except such retired Members can not be eligible for election to office.

A letter, attesting retirement from practice, is to be included with the renewal form to be considered for retired status.

 

Affiliate Membership

Affiliate membership is available for those who are involved in the design and construction industry and who are associated with the architectural profession. They may be persons, corporations, organizations or other entities.

Affiliates in good standing may indicate that they are Affiliates of RAIC but they cannot use the designation RAIC.

 

Associate Membership

There are two categories of Associates:

International Associate

International Associate membership is reserved for those who have an architectural license or the equivalent from a non-Canadian licensing authority and demonstrate good standing in the profession in the locale in which they are licensed. Such persons may be resident within or outside of Canada.

International Associates in good standing may indicate that they are International Associates of RAIC, and may use the title International Associate RAIC or Int’l Assoc. RAIC but not RAIC Associate or the initials RAIC alone or the initials IARAIC as a suffix to their names.

Student Associate

Student Associate membership is reserved for those who are enrolled full-time in a professional degree program in architecture at a Canadian University School of Architecture or in the RAIC Syllabus Program.

Student Associates may indicate that they are Student Associates of Architecture Canada but they cannot use the designation RAIC in any form.

Student Associates can be members of Architecture Canada free of charge.

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