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MAA e-Bulletin December 2013 No.2 Architecture is fun. Architectural History of the Christmas Tree | © Subtle Design, via deviantART.

Architecture is fun. Architectural History of the Christmas Tree | © Subtle Design, via deviantART.

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The MAA Council and Staff would like to wish all members health and happiness this Holiday Season! Please note that the MAA office will be closed at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 and will re-open on Thursday, January 2, 2014.


Discussions with the Americans have been underway for some time, regarding a new reciprocity agreement between jurisdictions in the two countries. The intention was to ensure that architects who satisfied more recent requirements for registration in Canada (including both the ExAC as opposed to NCARB exams and the new IAP with a reduced requirement of 3720 mandatory hours only), would be covered under the agreement as well.

Attached is a bulletin outlining the basic requirements and the jurisdictions that are presently signed on, as well as a copy of the Mutual Recognition Agreement itself.

It is important to note that the State of California, although presently listed in the covering memo, is not prepared to honour the terms outlined in the new agreement and as such, should not be considered a participant. The MAA has raised this issue on more than one occasion at the national level and continues to do so; in an effort to ensure that all States which are listed as participants are in fact honouring the terms of the agreement and MAA members are not blind sided (as was happening under the former agreement).



When: Thursday January 23, 2014

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm (registration opens at 2:30)

Learn about how green design meets affordable housing in Honduras! Kris Dick from the University of Manitoba will talk about a house designed by 12 students from Engineering & Architecture Faculties, built in the village of Consonlaca, Lempira, Honduras. The nature of the presentation will be to talk about how the program got started, some of the associated research and the student experience. In an effort to support this project, MBEC will be donating $5 per registration. So come on out! Learn about this project while at the same time, support this experience for the students.

Where: Red River College Princess Campus (P107 CGA Manitoba Room)

To confirm your attendance, please register online by January 21. Cancellations must be received two days prior to the event. Cancellations after this date will be invoiced for the entry fee.

Cost: Members - free; future members - $10.

Manitoba Building Envelope Council


The RAIC hopes to launch the 2014 Festival website in mid-January. Stay tuned!!


Invoices for 2014 membership dues and practice fees have been recently forwarded by mail. It should be noted that:

a) amounts are payable in Canadian funds; and

b) in accordance with the MAA By-Laws, payment must be received within the MAA office by February 28, 2014 to avoid the late penalty which is applicable to certain membership categories or may be delayed until the final deadline of May 31, 2014, for payment of all dues and fees.

Those individuals who might be interested in changing membership categories or resigning their membership in the Association, should contact the MAA office for further information concerning the applicable requirements (which will depend on the class of membership).


The MAA wishes to take this opportunity to remind all registered and intern members of the following:

1. Requirements for the Current Period

Requirements for the current period, which runs from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2014, are posted on the MAA's website:

The deadline for compliance is May 31, 2014. It should also be noted that the RAIC Festival in Winnipeg (May 28-31, 2014) will provide a considerable number of opportunities for structured learning.

2. Equivalency Options

Registered members who are licenced in multiple jurisdictions and interested in pursuing available equivalency options, need to make sure that they have filed the appropriate paperwork with the MAA office (and with the other Associations, if and where applicable):

a) An equivalency request form must be on file with the MAA office, if members wish to report elsewhere and have the MAA recognize compliance with the requirements of the OAA, AANB, ALBNL or NWTAA as equivalent, for the purposes of compliance with MAA requirements; and

b) Members who wish to report continuing education activities to the MAA and have their compliance recognized for equivalency for the purposes of compliance elsewhere in Canada, must have a release form on file with the MAA office (with authorizations for each applicable jurisdiction) and will be required to also complete an equivalency request with the other jurisdiction(s).

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