Regulatory Agency

Architectural Institute of BC


The Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) is an independent, professional self-regulatory body established in 1920 by provincial statute – the Architects Act. It is the AIBC’s mandate to regulate the profession of architecture within the province in the public interest. To meet this responsibility, the AIBC has established a process to receive and investigate complaints and, when necessary, to hold a formal Disciplinary Inquiry into a member’s alleged unprofessional conduct.

The AIBC also strives to ensure that both the complainants and those architects being investigated are treated with respect and fairness throughout the course of a complaint.

The AIBC’s professional conduct process is designed to protect the parties’ right to a full and impartial review, to incorporate principles of natural justice, and to provide opportunities to settle complaints through negotiation and mediation where possible.

The AIBC is governed by a council of 10 elected architects, four persons appointed by the provincial government, and one appointee from within the faculty of the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.


Architectural Institute of BC
100 - 440 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC  V6B 2N5

Telephone: 604.683.8588; 1.800.667.0753 (toll free)
Fax: 604.683.8568

Justice Education Society Resources

Early Resolution

Please note that the information below is general and may not apply specifically to the AIBC’s complaint, consensual resolution or disciplinary processes. Please contact the AIBC if you require specific information.

Before you appeal to the tribunal, have you tried to work out your situation by other methods? The tribunal process can take a lot of time and may not result in the decision you expected. Use this Early Dispute Resolution checklist to find out if you have tried all avenues available to you. The following videos and PDFs will also help you.

Negotiating a Solution

You’ve prepared for your tough talk, now you’re ready for the next step: negotiation.
Read the PDF.

Understanding Disputes

Here’s what’s really going on behind most disputes.
Read the PDF.

Preparing for a Tough Talk

Find out how to prepare for a difficult conversation to settle a dispute.
Read the PDF.

Choosing a Dispute Resolution Option

Find out about mediation and other ways to resolve disputes.
Read the PDF.

Preparing for a Hearing

If you have decided to move forward with the tribunal process, use this Tribunal Hearing Preparation checklist to help you get ready. You may also like to take a look at these videos and PDFs for more about how to prepare your case.

Written Hearings

This video describes the process for submitting your case in writing and what your submission must contain.
Read the PDF.

In-person Hearings

Watch a dramatization of what it’s like to make a case at an in-person hearing.
Read the PDF.

Telephone hearings

Find out how to prepare to make an effective presentation for a hearing over the phone.
Read the PDF.

Hearings: First steps

This video introduces the different tribunal processes, including mediation and settlement conferences.
Read the PDF.