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MAA e-Bulletin September 2013 No.2 Architecture Matters. Joinery @ Portage Place Centre Court | Winnipeg Design Festival.

Architecture Matters. Joinery @ Portage Place Centre Court | Winnipeg Design Festival.

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Call for Presenters: RAIC / MAA Festival of Architecture 2014

The deadline for proposals is Oct. 31, 2013.

The Manitoba Association of Architects and RAIC invite submissions for Continuing Education presentations for the 2014 Festival of Architecture themed The Next Century - Go Flat Out, being held from May 28-31 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. All members are encouraged to forward this email to any colleague who may be interested in submitting a proposal.

For details:

Winnipeg Design Festival

September 18-21, 2013

The Winnipeg Design Festival celebrates and promotes contemporary architecture, design, planning, and art in the city of Winnipeg. WDF strives to create a sustainable annual festival that is recognized in the national and international design community; as well as become the must attend design event in Winnipeg for both the public and the design community.

Visit the website for more info:


The MAA would like to make sure that all of its members are aware of an issue that was recently brought to its attention.

In April of this year, NRC released the first revisions and errata to the National Model Construction Codes, which included certain changes to the 2010 NBC. However, MAA members should be aware that Subsection 1.1(1) of Regulation 175/2012 under the Building and Mobile Homes Act in the Province of Manitoba, indicates the following:

Amendments to National Code not adopted

1.1(1) Amendments made to the National Building Code of Canada 2010 on or after December 1, 2012 are not adopted in Manitoba, and no such amendment forms part of the Manitoba Building Code.

Based on this provision, with the exception of the emergency change dated June, 2011, the amendments to the NBC which were issued in April of this year and date back to December 21, 2012 in the material, are not applicable in the Province of Manitoba.

Thanks to the member who flagged this issue.


The MAA office has been advised that there are some registered members and/or authorized entities, who are not sealing documents when it concerns a Part 9 building.

We therefore wish to remind all entities that are authorized to practice architecture that The Architects Act and MAA By-Laws require that all documents issued from the office must be sealed (the specifics of which are clearly outlined in Practice Bulletin A.1(a) which is posted on the MAA's website).

In addition, all registered members are reminded that if they are offering services that relate to the planning or review of construction for any building (regardless of scale), they are required to have a firm registered; meaning that an employed architect who undertakes the design of a cottage for a friend at a personal level (outside his or her place of employment), must register a sole proprietorship with the MAA office and seal the documents.



The Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA), which is comprised of all the provincial/territorial associations in Canada, will be conducting two national Surveys - one directed at architectural practices and the other directed at interns and recently registered members.

The purpose of these surveys is gather information and data to support the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) in hosting a Validation conference in 2014, along with all of the Canadian Architectural Regulators and the Schools of Architecture in Canada. In order to prepare for the Validation conference it is important for the regulatory bodies to ask some questions of architectural practitioners and also interns. The focus of this conference is on the Education of the profession and the Internship process that occurs between graduation and licensure. The last validation was undertaken approx. 12 years ago. A component of the conference is the preparation of position papers and discussion of current issues and future directions and in order to accurately convey thoughts on specific issue like "is the education that graduates are getting prepare them adequately for internship", etc. we need your direct input.

Please watch for an email in the next few weeks from Framework Partners Inc. which has been retained on behalf of CALA to conduct these surveys across Canada. Framework Partners is a research and strategy firm specializing in providing services to member based organizations and is fully compliant with privacy legislation.


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