What is Architecture? What is an Architect?

Architecture is the art, the science and the business of building.

Architects create homes, office towers, schools and churches. They are talented people with a flair for design, an awareness of social trends, keen business sense, a solid understanding of building science and the law, as it pertains to the practice of architecture. The word “versatile” may have been invented to describe Architects!

It all starts with a commission--or contract--from a client. The commission may involve the design of a single building or a group of buildings and the spaces between them. The client may be a person, a board of directors, a government department or a business.

Usually, the Architect leads a team of specialists including structural, mechanical and electrical engineers, as well as others. The Architect must also understand and deal with building codes and bylaws set out by municipal, provincial and federal governments.


What are the responsibilities of an Intern Architect's mentor?

The mentor is a Licensed Architect (or a retired Architect) who is not employed at the Intern Architect’s place of employment and who acts as an independent guide and advocate. The mentor and Intern Architect should meet for regular reviews of experience progress, discussion of career objectives, and broader issues related to the profession. The Mentor must meet with the Intern Architect (at a minimum) prior to the submission of each section of the Canadian Experience Record Book, when the Intern has accumulated 900 – 1,000 hours of architectural experience, or at each change of employment. It is more effective to meet more regularly than this, as it will help the Intern to obtain the most benefit from the internship process and will offer the greatest opportunity for the mentor to assist the Intern Architect and exert a positive influence on his/her development as a future Licensed Architect.

Click here for the Mentor Confirmation Form

The NSAA has compiled a list of individuals who have volunteered to be part of a potential mentor list. On this list, a current or prospectiver Intern Architect can find names and contact information for elligible individuals to contact if they are searching for a Mentor for their IAP process. To obtain a copy of this list, please contact Jamie Phillips, Interim Executive Assistant at info@nsaa.ns.ca.

The NSAA Intern Architect Committee has also developed a list of conversation-starters that Intern Architects may find useful when developing their Intern-Mentor relationship so that both may mutually benfit from the interactions.

Click here for the Mentor Conversation-Starters Document

What is the role of the pre-license interview? What can I expect?

The pre-licence interview is the final opportunity for the Board of Registration to assess the experience, knowledge, and capabilities of the Intern Architect prior to registration, specifically as it relates to the Interns knowledge of local provincial regulations and requirements.

The pre-license interview is scheduled upon review of an Intern Architects application for Licensed Architect Membership by the Board of Registration. The interview is normally conducted by two to three members of the Board of Registration, is held in a Halifax-local architectural office, and can take roughly one to three hours to complete.

Please click here for a PDF copy of the check list used by the interviewers for assessment.

The following is a minimum list of documents which applicants should review in preparation for the interview. Most documents are available within architeftural offices, online, or through the Construction Association of Nova Scotia.