Practice Resources

Posted below are general use documents advising on the procurement of professional services and on project delivery. These documents may be downloaded for your use at no charge.

Banff Session 2018 PAC Presentation - What's New - What's Not

Banff Session 2018 featured a presentation by Barry Johns, Randy Krebes and Len Rodrigues of the Practice Advisory Committee.

Document 10 - Standard Form of Agreement Between Client and Licensed Interior Designer

The AAA now offers an optional new Standard Form of Agreement between Client and Licensed Interior Designer (LID), known as Document 10, in response to a request for a standard contract that can be used by LIDs in Alberta as an alternative to letter agreements or client written agreements that often by omission, do not consistently address important matters such as the roles, responsibilities and scope of work contemplated for a project.
Document 10 - Guide
(Adobe PDF File)

Schedule of Designated Services for Recommended Conditions of Engagement, and Schedule of Suggested Professional Fees for Building Projects V.2013
In recognition of the many different legitimate project delivery methods and forms of accountability and agreement that continue to emerge and evolve throughout the architectural, engineering and construction industry, the Alberta Association of Architects no longer actively maintains nor updates a schedule of fees or recommended conditions of professional engagement.

There are several reputable references available throughout the industry, including those maintained by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Consulting Architects of Alberta (CAA) that provide balanced and comprehensive guidance on the wide array of factors and unique circumstances specific to each project that should be carefully evaluated when determining a fair and reasonable fee and the developing the terms in which professional services are provided.

While the AAA does not endorse any one particular guideline, format or method for its membership to utilize, the RAIC and CAA documents adequately demonstrate the diverse range of factors and potential project delivery methods that AAA members are obligated to consider when entering into an agreement to provide professional consulting services within the exclusive areas of practice as defined in the Architects Act.

More importantly, in accordance with its fundamental legislated mandate to maintain the integrity and honour of the architectural and licensed interior design profession while protecting the public interest, the focus of the AAA is to monitor and ensure its membership adhere to a suitable standard of practice so they can ultimately fulfill their professional duty of care to the general public and their clients.

A Guide to Writing Professional Services Request for Proposals for a Building Project
Document prepared by the AAA | Issued July 2005
The success of a project depends largely on the selection of an able, experienced and reputable professional prime consulting team. Many public organizations are required to make their selection process transparent and competitive to demonstrate to the public that they have chosen responsibly. The often-used Request for Proposals (RFP) process is either open to all professionals or follows an Expression of Interest (EOI) phase that allows for the compilation of a shortlist.  Because hiring a prime consultant for a building project is not the same as purchasing a commodity or basic service, the RFP is a critical tool in the selection process. The RFP and the resulting proposals must be thorough and fair to allow comparison of the professional services available.
RFP For A Building Project
(Adobe PDF File)

Information regarding current Alberta Building Code STANDATA can be found on the Alberta Municipal Affairs website.

Alternate Forms of Project Delivery

Document prepared by the AAA/APEGGA Joint Board of Practice | Issued Feb. 2005
In the building industry today, conventional methods of project delivery are being challenged by clients, consultants and contractors alike, in an attempt to save time, reduce costs, avoid litigation, minimize conflict or to improve the overall building quality. All methods of project delivery can be defined to be in one of the four following primary categories:
  1. Traditional Method (Design - Bid - Build)
  2. Construction Management
  3. Design - Build
  4. P3 (Public Private Partnership)
This document provides information and guidance regarding these forms of project delivery.

A Guide to the Professional Services You Require: Ensuring the Success of Your Building Project
Document prepared by the AAA/APEGGA Joint Board of Practice | Issued June 2003
This guide is a starting point to help you understand how to:
  • Arrange for professional services for your building project
  • Select a prime consultant to coordinate work on the project
  • Determine what professional services are needed
  • Determine the consulting fee
  • Understand the factors affecting consulting fees