Architects and engineers work together following ruling
Architects and engineers in Ontario have joined together to issue a bulletin to the chief building officials in the...
Architects and engineers in Ontario have joined together to issue a bulletin to the chief building officials in the province.
Early in January, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) — the two licensing bodies — issued a joint bulletin entitled “Design and General Review Requirements for Buildings in the Province of Ontario.”
The bulletin includes a table that lays out the rules of when it’s necessary to have architects and engineers design and review plans for different types of buildings. Most buildings, except for certain smaller exclusively residential buildings, require the stamp of both an architect and an engineer.
The associations are asking the chief building officials to forward to them any application document for a building that does not conform to the chart. In this way the associations say they intend to fulfil their legal responsibilities under their respective Acts, responsibilities that were laid out in the recent ruling by the Superior Court of Ontario. That decision came after the associations won the right for their members to not have to take Building Code examinations. The ruling made it clear that the OAA and PEO had to establish and enforce standards of practice and scopes of practice for architects and professional engineers.