Membership

 

Membership in the Northwest Territories Association of Architects is required for engaging in the practice of architecture in the NWT. Similar to all provincial jurisdictions, the Architects Act regulates professional practice and professional conduct, and gives the architects the authority to be self-regulating in the NWT.  The Act also describes the work that requires the involvement of an architect.

Membership Types

Individuals may be registered under one of the following membership types:

A person with full qualifications in the practice of architecture who has been approved by the NWTAA to practice in the NWT.  This member is allowed to use the title of "Architect" and provide architectural services in the NWT.
A person who holds a degree in architecture (or equivalent) and has received certification of his/her academic qualifications from the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB). This member is allowed to use the title of “Graduate Architect”; however, they cannot practice or offer to practice architecture except under the direct supervision of an Architect.
A person who has satisfied the educational component of the licensing requirements and who is in the process of completing the experience and examination requirements for admission as an Architect. This member is allowed to use the title of “Intern Architect”; however, they cannot practice or offer to practice architecture except under the direct supervision of an Architect.
An Architect who has retired from the practice of architecture, but has retained membership with the Assocation.  This Member is allowed to use the title of "Architect (Retired), NWTAA".
An Architect elected by Council who has practiced his/her profession with distinction and notably contributed to the advancement of the profession of architecture. The elected individual is then allowed to use the title of "Life Member, NWTAA".
A person elected by Council who has rendered valuable service to the profession or has notably contributed to the advancement of architecture. The elected individual is then allowed to use the title of "NWTAA (Hon)".
A person who is engaged in a course of study in the practice of architecture, or has successfully completed all courses in Part 1 (Level 5) of the RAIC Syllabus Program (or equivalent), and is about to commence or has commenced practical training.
A person who holds a degree in architecture or interior design (or equivalent) from an educational institution satisfactory to the Universities Co-coordinating Council.
A person who, for historic reasons, has been granted the right to practice certain parts of the Scope of the Practice of Architecture. This member is allowed to use the title of "Restricted Practitioner". This membership is only available to persons who applied prior to April 1, 2002.  Restrictions vary for these members.

Firm Permits

A firm may apply for a permit if the firm has at least one director, partner or officer of the firm who is a registered Architect of the NWTAA.  This Architect will serve as the professional representative of the firm, directly supervise the practice of architecture and the professional conduct of the firm.

Visiting Project Architect (Licensee)

Non-member architects who intend to undertake a specific project in the NWT for a specific period of time may apply as a "Visiting Project Architect". 

NWTAA issues licences to extra-territorial architects and firms to enable them to practice architecture in the Northwest Territories.  This licence limits the architectural work in the Northwest Territories to a single identified project that must be done in collaboration with a registered NWTAA Architect and/or registered firm. The licence extends to the completion of the warranty period of the project, at which time the NWTAA requires a copy of the Substantial Completion Certificate or a letter confirming that the warranty period has expired.

The licensee is allowed to use the title of "Visiting Project Architect, NWTAA".

Registrar

The Office of the Registrar reviews applications for membership and maintains the Register of Architects in accordance with the Act and NWTAA Bylaws.