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.

News & Updates

GNWT Procurement Review

March 18, 2021

GNWT ITI has ordered an independent review of the Government’s current procurement policy and practices and has launched a public engagement platform.  On February 26,  the review panel met with NWTAA to discuss its review and current practices.  NWTAA Council had the opportunity to provide initial comments, specifically in response to 10 questions asked generally by the panel, and suggested a written submission to encompass that discussion, further comments, and input from our membership.

NWTAA members have been sent a survey of the same 10 questions and are asked to respond no later than March 31.  For more information, please contact the NWTAA office.

Canadian Handbook of Practice, 3rd Edition

February 26, 2021

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), in partnership with the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA), has published the 3rd edition of the Canadian Handbook of Practice as a publicly accessible web-based resource.  Last published in 2009, this third edition is a comprehensive reworking of an essential professional resource that resulted from extensive collaboration by the architectural profession from every region of the country. The Handbook is available without cost on a comprehensive, searchable website in both official languages. As a living document, this resource will be continuously updated and developed over time to reflect the evolution of architectural practice in Canada.


Notice of AGM and Election

January 22, 2021

The Annual General Meeting of the Northwest Territories Assocation of Architects will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 5:30pm.  Meeting details will follow; members can expect an online forum under existing public health restrictions.

Consistant with the AGM, the election to Council is expected to begin on February 21, pending nominations.  A President (one-year term) and two Councillors (two-year terms) are required to be elected or appointed from among resident architects in good standing.  Any architect in good standing may nominate an eligible (resident) architect.  To make a nomination, please submit a completed Nomination Form to the NWTAA office by end-of-day February 20.

Elections close 5 days before the AGM; results are announced at the AGM.  If nominations do not exceed the number of available seats, candidates are acclaimed and/or Council must appoint from among eligible architects.

2021 Renewal Reminder

January 15, 2021

Registrations and firm permits must be renewed by January 31 to avoid penalties. Notices and invoices were delivered to each member around December 5.  Members who have not received their notices should contact the NWTAA office.

Renewals are also contigent on Mandatory Continuing Education compliance.  All architects must either have met the NWTAA requirements by December 31 or, for those reporting to other jurisdictions, be compliant with their home jurisdictions as of thier most recent reporting period.

Practice Bulletin: Standard Documents & Fees

December 17, 2020

Council has issued a new Practice Bulletin - Standard Documents and Fees for Services (PB-07) - now available under About > Regulation.

To encourage mutual-trust relationships in design projects, and to further instill public trust in the profession of architecture, the NWTAA strongly recommends the use of standard documents and fee schedules for architectural services.  This Practice Bulletin provides an overview of industry-accepted agreements and contracts and their use in a project, and is intended for the public, such as clients and owners, to also navigate easily.