AIBC Rulings on Associate Status Disclosure Now In Effect

Please be advised that the associate disclosure rulings connected to AIBC Bylaw 34.10 came into effect on April 17, 2015. The three rulings, approved by council earlier this year, require associates to notify clients and authorities having jurisdiction of their associate status when they are providing services on projects in the exceptions with no architect supervising. In such situations, associates must also notify clients of their professional liability insurance status. The council ruling applies to the three classes of AIBC associates: Intern Architects AIBC, Retired Architects AIBC and Architectural Technologists AIBC.

An updated Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct has been issued reflecting these changes. Since the rulings also relate to notification by associates of insurance status, updates have also been made to AIBC Bulletin 66 and Practice Note 10. Review the list of Professional Liability Insurance Providers in B.C.

AIBC Council passed the motion to establish regulatory requirements for associates at its January 2015 meeting. The council decision was made taking into account member feedback provided during an extended February-March 2015 notification period; results from the Retired Architect Survey, conducted in November-December 2014, where 18% of registered architects and 63% of retired architects participated; and recommendations from the Associates Task Force.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact the AIBC at 604.683.8588 and ask to speak with Maura Gatensby Architect AIBC, Practice Advisor or Thomas Lutes, Barrister & Solicitor, Director of Professional Conduct & Illegal Practice.

Supporting Documentation

Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
AIBC Bulletin 66
Practice Note 10
Professional Liability Insurance Providers in B.C.

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