After extensive engagement between government and key stakeholders over the past three years, the profession of architecture in British Columbia reached a milestone on February 10, 2023. The long-standing Architects Act was repealed and the profession was newly designated under the Professional Governance Act (PGA). The designation of the profession of architecture represents an important step for both the government and for AIBC as they become the first regulatory body to be added to the PGA since its implementation in February, 2020.
The Architectural Institute of BC (AIBC) will continue to regulate the profession of architecture. AIBC and its registrants are now accountable to the same standardized requirements under the PGA including expectations on codes of ethics, continuing education, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and transparency in their governance. Being under the PGA increases public access to information on the governance of the regulated professions and ensures professionals are held to the highest ethical and technical standards. AIBC is also now subject to oversight of the Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance (OSPG).
For more information on AIBC’s designation and the updates to the practice definition visit their website at:
For more information on practice rights under the PGA, see the OSPG’s Practice Rights webpage.
Visit the following BC Laws link for a copy of Order in Council: Order in Council 65/2023 (gov.bc.ca)