About Architects & Architecture

Answers to general questions about the role of architects and architecture in Canada can be found on the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC) website.

Architecture is the art, the science and the business of building.

Architects create homes, office towers, schools and churches. They are talented people with a flair for design, an awareness of social trends, keen business sense, solid engineering skills and an understanding of the law. The word “versatile” may have been invented to describe Architects!

Today’s Architect may practise alone or be part of a small, medium or large firm. Some Architects are self-employed. Others may be on salary, as employees of government, real estate developers or large corporations.

“Clients” are the people who use the services of Architects. A client may be a family, a school board, a company, a housing authority, a government department or a building contractor.

– From RAIC.org, “What is Architecture all about?”

For more information on how to become an architect in Canada, please visit RAIC.org’s Becoming an Architect.