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Commonwealth association of architects (CAA)
The Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) is a membership organisation for professional bodies representing architects in Commonwealth countries. It was formed in 1965 and currently (2022) has 35 members, listed below.
- Antigua Barbuda Institute of Architects
- Royal Australian Institute of Architects
- Institute of Bahamian Architects
- Institute of Architects Bangladesh
- Barbados Institute of Architects
- Architects Association of Botswana
- Cyprus Civil Engineers & Architects Association
- Fiji Association of Architects
- Ghana Institute of Architects
- Guyana Institute of Architects
- Hong Kong Institute of Architects
- Jamaica Institute of Architects
- Architectural Association of Kenya
- Lesotho Architects Engineers & Surveyors Association
- Malawi Institute of Architects
- Kamra Tal-Periti
- Namibia Institute of Architects
- New Zealand Institute of Architects
- Nigerian Institute of Architects
- Institute of Architects Pakistan
- Papua New Guinea Institute of Architects.
- Rwanda Institute of Architects.
- Sierra Leone Institute of Architects
- Singapore Institute of Architects
- South African Institute of Architects
- Sri Lanka Institute of Architects
- St Kitts and Nevis Institute of Architects
- St. Lucia Association of Architects
- St. Vincent & The Grenadines Institute Of Architects
- Architectural Association of Tanzania
- Trinidad And Tobago Institute Of Architects
- Uganda Society of Architects
- Royal Institute of British Architects
- Zambia Institute of Architects
- Zimbabwe Institute of Architects
CAA and its members subscribe to a set of core values, in particular, developmental support to the smaller and younger members. As a Commonwealth network, it considers itself increasingly valued as a means of accelerating improvement in the world’s living conditions and ensuring a sustainable future for the planet. The built environment has a key part to play and CAA works to ensure the maximum participation of the architectural profession at all levels. The CCA highlights the need for and benefits of international connections, through networks in a globalised world that faces pan-global issues.
The CAA is a UK registered charity governed by a General Assembly of Member delegations which meet at least once every three years, with each member having one vote irrespective of size. The membership is grouped into 5 regions (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania).
The Trustees are responsible for ensuring that the Charity complies with the requirements of the UK Charity Commission in particular sound financial management and that activity remains within constitutional mandate. The Trustees also make an annual report including independently examined accounts to the Charity Commission.
A Council comprising; President; Immediate Past President; Honorary Secretary/Treasurer; 5 regional Vice Presidents; Chairs of Communication, Education and Practice Committees manages the association.
Since 1968 one of the activities of the CAA has been to run a validation system for architecture education across 68 schools in 12 countries. It regularly publishes “a List of Schools of Architecture whose qualifications it considered, after inspection, to be a sufficient standard to recommend to National Authorities that they be accepted for recognition as meeting the academic requirements appropriate for registration, accreditation, or acceptance as an architect.”
In 2000, following a complete revision of the validation system in consultation with member institutes, CAA published ‘Qualifications in Architecture Recommended for Recognition by CAA: Procedures and Criteria’ referred to as ‘The Red Book’. This was reviewed and reissued in 2008 as ‘The Green Book’.
In 2012 the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) ceased to recognise CAA accreditation of Commonwealth architecture schools after the CAA refused to grant what is considered as sufficient RIBA representation on its accreditation panels to inspect schools first-hand.
The CAA carries out triennial General Assemblies, Council, and regional meetings, as well as seminars and workshops concerning aspects of sustainable practice, it also supports members and schools by endorsing and promoting their events.
In 2021 the CAA published a survey of the built environment professions in the Commonwealth. The key findings of the survey revealed a critical lack of capacity in many of the Commonwealth countries which are rapidly urbanising and are among the most vulnerable, a lack of educational and institutional capacity to grow the professions fast enough, and an increasing recognition of weakness in built environment policy (ie planning policy and building code) in many Commonwealth countries in terms of standards, implementation, and enforcement.
The planning for climate change and rapid urbanisation survey of the built environment professions in the Commonwealth can be downloaded via this link: https://commonwealthsustainablecities.org/survey/
Related to this, also in 2021, the CAA released a Call to Action on Sustainable Urbanisation across the Commonwealth. It was developed jointly by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA), the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP), and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF), in collaboration with the Rwandan Ministry of Infrastructure, the Rwandan Ministry of Local Government and The Prince’s Foundation, with support from other Commonwealth organisations, governmental, professional and technical partners. The call focuses on 3 main areas:
- A greater focus on enabling sustainable urbanisation in Commonwealth policymaking.
- A Commonwealth dialogue to define and implement a new way of working across our respective networks towards multi-level governance and sustainable urbanisation
- A commitment by member states to a new Commonwealth Initiative of practical action to support sustainable cities and human settlements across the Commonwealth to respond to the Call to Action and to play their full role in achieving the SDGs. This will be driven by Commonwealth cities and human settlements, and delivered by relevant Commonwealth partners and other governmental, professional and technical partners.
The response to climate change and rapid urbanisation, call to action on sustainable urbanisation across the Commonwealth can be downloaded via this link: https://commonwealthsustainablecities.org/calltoaction/
This work was supported by a number of events to ‘Build Better Data to Support Sustainable Urbanisation in the Commonwealth’. The work was carried out in collaboration with the International Growth Centre, Ordnance Survey and Nesta Challenges. Further information can be found via the following weblink: https://commonwealthsustainablecities.org/events/buildingbetterdata/
Much of the text above has been based on information published by the CAA.
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