Professions are created by provincial legislation to protect the public by ensuring only qualified professionals are permitted to practice their occupation. The Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) is a self-governing professional association legislated by the Architects Act
. The AAA serves the public and its members by administering the standard of practice for the professions of architecture and interior design in Alberta.
“Architect” and "Licensed Interior Designer" are restricted titles under the Architects Act
, meaning only registered or licensed members of the Association, with appropriate education, practical experience and certification may use the title Architect or Licensed Interior Designer or any of their variations.