Registered Architects may design, prepare plans and oversee the construction of or alteration to a building. The full scope of practice for Registered Architects is detailed in the Architects Act.
Registered Architects are entitled to use the titles “Registered Architect, AAA” and “Architect, AAA” to indicate they are a Registered Architect in the province of Alberta and a member of the AAA.
Licensed Interior Designers
Licensed Interior Designers may design, prepare plans for and oversee the construction or alteration of the interior of a building. They can also coordinate architectural and engineering work within the interior of a building. Licensed Interior Designers may provide the same services as Registered Architects except on matters that affect the exterior of a building, environmental separations and exits.
Licensed Interior Designers are entitled to use the credential “Licensed Interior Designer, AAA” to indicate they are a Licensed Interior Designer in the province of Alberta and a member of the AAA.
Intern Architects are working towards licensure as Registered Architects in the province of Alberta through the Intern Architect Program (IAP). They have a professional degree in architecture and must work under the personal supervision and direction of a Registered Architect in Alberta, in either an architectural practice or other eligible architectural employment situation.
Intern Architects are entitled to use the use the credential “Intern Architect, AAA” to indicate they are an Intern Architect in the province of Alberta and a member of the AAA.
Intern Interior Designers
Intern Interior Designers are working towards licensure as Licensed Interior Designers in the province of Alberta through the Intern Interior Designer Program (IIDP). They have a degree in interior design from a program accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Intern Interior Designers must work under the personal supervision and direction of a Registered Architect or Licensed Interior Designer in an architectural practice or an interior design practice.
Intern Interior Designers are entitled to use may use the title “Intern Interior Designer, AAA” to indicate they are an Intern Interior Designer in the province of Alberta and a member of the AAA.
Previously, Life Membership was granted to Registered Architects or Licensed Interior Designers who practiced their profession with distinction and notably contributed to the advancement of the profession of architecture or interior design.
Starting in 2018, Life Membership is an honorary status granted to members who have been actively associated with the AAA for at least 30 years. Life Members may use the title "Life Member, AAA."
Retired Members may not practise architecture or interior design in Alberta or any other jurisdiction. They may use the titles "Architect (Retired)" or "Licensed Interior Designer (Retired), AAA."
Students may become members of the AAA if they are engaged in a course of study in the practice of architecture or interior design.
Other Member Types
The AAA offers several other member types including Associate Member, Affiliate Member and Honorary Member. For more information about these categories, please contact the AAA’s Registration Department at: