The Northwest Territories Association of Architects regulates the profession of architecture in the interest of the public.

All persons providing or advertising architectural services are required to be registered and permitted to practice by the NWTAA, which establishes and upholds the standards of practice for all architects in the Northwest Territories.

The 2020 NWTAA Architectural Awards and Photography Competition are underway! Submit your entries by November 30.

News & Updates

Digital Signatures replace "Scan & Sign" stamping method

November 16, 2020

Effective November 16, the NWTAA now utilizes and issues Digital Signatures as the method of stamping electronic documents, replacing the previously approved “stamp, sign & scan” method.  NWTAA joins OAA, AIBC, AAA, MAA, SAA, OAQ and AANB, as well as NAPEG, in partnering with Notarius to provide professional Digital Signatures for its members.  The move follows recognized national evolutions in the practice of architecture, industry standards and the security of digital documents.

For more information, please see Digital Signatures and Practice Bulletin #2.

To obtain your digital signature today, visit

ExAC 2020 Postponed

September 18, 2020

The November 2 & 3, 2020 sitting of the Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC) has been postponed due to ongoing concerns related to the pandemic.  Alternate dates in early 2021 will be announced shortly.  For more information, Intern Architects are encouraged to visit the ExAC website.

Office Closure - August 17-25

August 17, 2020

The NWTAA office will be closed on August 17 to 25, 2020 for annual leave.  Phone and email will not be monitored during this time.  For urgent matters, please see the out-of-office response for any NWTAA email address.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Call for Entries: 2020 Architectural Awards

August 7, 2020

NWTAA is pleased to announce the open Call for Entries for its 2nd Architectural Awards event, recognizing and celebrating excellence in Northern architecture.  Entries will be accepted until October 30.  Adjudication and selections will be announced in December 2020.  Details of the Awards event will be confirmed shortly, cognizant of the health restrictions related to the pandemic.

See the complete Terms of Reference for award categories, submission requirement and all other details.

ExAC 2020 Registration Now Open

June 15, 2020

Registration is now open for the 2020 sitting of the Examination of Architects in Canada (ExAC) on November 2-3.  Registration will remain open until August 14, and CERB reports for ExAC eligibility will be accepted until September 15.  Eligible Intern Architects must have a minimum of 2800 approved experience hours.

The ExAC Committee continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and will respond to future developments accordingly. Up-to-date information is available at the ExAC website.

For more details and to download the registration form, visit