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DO I NEED AN ARCHITECT FOR MY PROJECT?

The Alberta Architect Act states that a Registered Architect is NOT required unless:

    • A residential building consists of five or more dwelling units.
      • Note that a single family dwelling, duplex, triplex or quadriplex of any size does not require a Registered Architect.
    • The Building is designed for public assembly.
      • Buildings such as churches or community halls, schools, all institutional uses, warehouses and industrial uses, business and personal services, mercantile and other residential occupancies such as motels and hotels that exceed allowable area exemptions (300 – 500 square meters).
    • Renovations to buildings or building interiors that originally required a Registered Architect.

(Refer Practice Bulletin 26 – Professional Involvement on Building Projects for more detail)

ARE YOU AN ARCHITECT?

No. Global Design Studio is not a Registered Architectural Firm. Rather, Andrew holds a Diploma in Architectural Technology. If you require the services of a Registered Architect as listed above we refer you to The Alberta Association of Architects.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN “ARCHITECT” AND AN “ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGIST / TECHNICIAN”?

An Architect holds a Degree in Architecture and must be registered with the AAA. An Architectural Technologist / Technician holds a Diploma in Architectural Technology and does much of the same work as an Architect, but must work under the license of a Registered Architect when performing work that requires an Architect.

An Architectural Technologist / Technician is not required to work under the license a Registered Architect to provide Architectural Services (see below) to the public for projects that fall outside the scope of an Architect as listed above, including Residential Design & Drafting.

DO YOU PROVIDE “ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES”?

The Alberta Architects Act defines the “Practice of Architecture” as:

  • (i) planning designing or giving advice on the design of or on the erection, construction or alteration of or addition to a building
  • (ii) preparing plans, drawings, detail drawings, specifications or graphic representations for the design of or for the erection, construction or alteration of or addition to a building
  • (iii) inspecting work or assessing the performance of work under a contract for the erection, construction or alteration of or addition to a building

So while we give no claim to being Architects, we do provide the Architectural Services listed above for residential construction (of less than 5 dwelling units).

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About the Author:

Andrew has a Diploma in Applied Science (Architectural Technology). He refined his skill as a designer working for several award winning architects, and established Global Design Studio in 1999.
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