Full Membership is reserved for individuals with formal defined qualifications in the field of architecture. It includes the following categories:
- Interns or Intern Architects
- Faculty Member
- Life Members or Life Fellows
- Retired Members or Retired Fellows
Members in these categories may use the MRAIC (Member of RAIC) or FRAIC (Fellow of RAIC) abbreviation.
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.
The qualifications acceptable for full membership are as follows:
(i) registered and licensed as an architect with a Provincial or Territorial architectural regulator in Canada;
(ii) registered as an intern with a Provincial or Territorial architectural regulator in Canada;
(iii) a full-time faculty member in good standing at a School of Architecture in a Canadian University;
(iv) a graduate of an accredited architectural program in Canada who has earned an M. Arch degree or its equivalent;
(v) a graduate of an international architectural program who is residing or employed in Canada and who has obtained certification from the Canadian Architectural Certification Board or has otherwise satisfied the Board of their qualifications;
(vi) registered as a retired architect with a Provincial or Territorial architectural regulator in Canada.
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 are enrolled in the Internship program with one of the eleven provincial/territorial associations of architects.
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.
2020/2021 Graduates – enjoy a 2021 membership FREE.
Faculty Members are those with an architectural background and are teaching full-time in one of the Canadian University Schools of Architecture.
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.
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.
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 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 abbreviation RAIC.
There are two categories of Associates:
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 membership is reserved for those who are enrolled full-time in a professional degree program in architecture at a Canadian University School of Architecture, RAIC Centre for Architecture (Athabasca University) or in the RAIC Syllabus Program.
Student Associates may indicate that they are Student Associates of the RAIC but they cannot use the designation RAIC in any form.
Student Associates can be members of the RAIC free of charge.