For SMALL consulting firms, membership in the Consulting Architects of Alberta can be one of the most important investments you make in your future success. 

The organization is mandated to advocate on your behalf, to represent the business voice of consulting architects with government and client groups. Through building a positive business environment for the private practice of architecture in Alberta, we hope to facilitate continued prosperity in difficult economic times.

By joining the organization your firm can:

Be Represented . . .

  • Small firms in particular can find it a challenge for their voices to be heard. By participating in the Consulting Architects of Alberta you will have a way to bring your ideas and concerns forward!
  • The collective voice is stronger – and can be heard in ways that single voices cannot. On behalf of the profession, the Consulting Architects of Alberta can enter into a dialogue with clients and influence decisions made at the highest levels.
  • You can also remain anonymous. It can be difficult to disagree with or question the practices of those in a position to award your firm with work – especially for small firms! Stepping forward to express concerns directly to client groups might place your firm in an uncomfortable position. The Consulting Architects of Alberta can do this for you – thus protecting your anonymity on sensitive issues.
  • The organization is creating linkages with other trade associations and bodies, thus ensuring that the voice of consulting architects is heard throughout the building and design industry.

Learn, Share and Influence . . .

  • Through the member’s only website and other means, the Consulting Architects of Alberta will offer its members access to valuable information, tools and references. Large firms may have in-house resources to share, but smaller ones don’t always have the time or resources to keep on top of current information.
  • The website, events and the organization itself will provide a method for sharing information and experiences thereby gaining marketplace knowledge.
  • Participation in committees and forums gives you an opportunity to not only share information but also to make a positive contribution to the future of your profession. Through the Consulting Architects of Alberta firms of ALL sizes will be able to have an impact on the future of the business environment in Alberta.

Get Connected . . .

  • Depending on the type of work you do, if you are in a small firm you likely don’t get very many opportunities to develop relationships with representatives of major client groups. The Consulting Architects of Alberta is able to offer its members access to these client groups through special events where these people are invited guests. These events will provide additional opportunities to build important business relationships on an informal basis.
  • Making connections with other architects can be a good business move as well, especially for small firms who rely so heavily on collaboration with others to meet the needs of clients. Through members’ only events you can connect with colleagues, possibly find industry mentors in areas of expertise where you most need them, and potentially pave the way for future collaboration.

Additional Member Benefits

In addition to the above-noted benefits of joining with your colleagues to support your profession, the following specific benefits are offered to members of the Consulting Architects of Alberta:
  • Discounted member rates for events such as mixers and seminars
  • Member directory on public website – information can be customized by each member, providing an opportunity to profile your firm for maximum business promotion.
  • Framed membership certificate – to proudly display in your office – letting clients know that you are committed to excellence in the business side of the profession.
  • Add-on benefits – over time we will be developing additional benefits as our association grows. If you have ideas on elements that would be of benefit to you, we would love to hear them!