For architecture to be leveraged to the maximum extent possible to help Canadian communities thrive, we need a new social contract between the profession of architecture and the people we serve.
Canadians want more from architecture
- 2,969 members of the public
- 1,500 architects
- 1,000 architectural students
Their response was overwhelmingly in favour of better policies to guide the planning and design of our communities.
How an architecture policy for Canada can help
Where a building code sets minimum standards, an Architecture Policy for Canada would set ambitious goals for how the built environment contributes to our social, cultural and economic well-being.
While more than 30 countries have adopted architecture policies which shape higher expectations for the design of communities, Canada lags behind. We aim to change this.
What else are we recommending?
Our research and national consultation findings culminated in a set of recommendations that are pivotal for the future of architecture in Canada.
We call on the profession to:
- Renew the governance partnership between organizations within the profession, including regulators, schools, advocacy organizations, and governments.
- Collaborate to achieve the goal of an Architecture Policy for Canada.
- Expand the definition of public interest.
- Commit to dramatically improving equity within the profession.
- Involve the public in the processes that shape their communities.
- As both individual architects, technologists, and firms, contribute solutions to the big social challenges of our time.
Read our Vision for the Future of Architecture in Canada
- Consultation Documents – Vision of Value
- Independent Research on the Development of Architecture Policies
In presenting these recommendations, we acknowledge the ancestral traditional territories of the Inuit, Metis and Indigenous peoples from coast to coast to coast that have always called this land home.
About Rise for Architecture
Rise for Architecture is an initiative of the Regulatory Organizations of Architecture in Canada (ROAC) with support from the Canadian Council of University Schools of Architecture (CCUSA) and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).