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The British Columbia Institute of Architecture (AIBC) is an independent body charged with regulating the architectural profession in the public interest through a reactive framework. Created in 1920 by the Architects Act, the Institute sets standards for entry into the architectural profession, ensures compliance with the rules and provides services to help registrants maintain qualifications and general professionalism. For more information about AIBC, see aibc.ca. Architects are required, in accordance with AIBC Statutes 28.0 and 28.1, to ensure that an executed written contract exists for a client before the start of work. This architecture service contract must be a standard form contract approved by the AIBC Board, or on the basis of a standard contract for services, responsibilities and terms and conditions. For assistance when ordering label authorization aiBC or CCDC electronic documents and stickers, please send aibc@aibc.ca or call 604.683.8588. Elizbeth Woff, Communication Specialist Architectural Institute of British Columbia t. 604.305.2703 e. ewoff@aibc.ca For practical advice on the use of standard form contracts, contact Maura Gatensby Architect AIBC, Practice Advisor under practiceadvice@aibc.ca or 604.305.2699. Inactive companies are approved by aiBC companies for which no certificate of practice is issued.

Inactive companies (companies) do not have the right to practice architecture, although the owner of the architect has the right to practice architecture through another company/certificate of practice, provided they are reputable. Inactive companies are generally created as private companies holding shares in other active architectural firms. They may also be architectural companies previously active in the dissolution process and generally remain inactive for about a year in order to liquidate any legal obligations. In addition, AFBC coordinates events and fundraising activities to support its initiatives. Business-to-business partnerships follow the same rules as partnerships. Partner companies must all be registered (and solicited) as separate architectural firms and meet the above requirements for businesses.