Nova Scotia Association of Architects (NSAA)

The Nova Scotia Association of Architects (NSAA) is a self-governing professional association established in 1932, and mandated by the Province of Nova Scotia under The Architects Act to regulate the practice of architecture in the province.

The Nova Scotia Association of Architects (NSAA) serves to protect the public interest and advance the profession of architecture. The NSAA works with its membership and other stakeholders to establish high entry standards to the profession and maintain high standards of practice. Members are governed by strict principles of ethical and professional conduct, which are detailed in the NSAA By-Laws and Code of Ethics. The Association assists various governmental bodies in drafting legislation as it might affect architects, their clients, or the public.


Opening for a Public Representative to our Governing Council

The NSAA is seeking an individual to serve as one of its two public representatives on the governing Council. As the regulating body for the architectural profession whose purpose is to serve and protect the public interest in the practice of architecture in Nova Scotia, the Public Representative will ensure that the public perspective is represented in the decision-making of NSAA Council. Deadline for applications is September 30, 2020.

You can find an architect in a number of ways, including:

  • Review the Membership Listing on the NSAA website.
  • Visit architects’ websites. As well, you may be able to visit the offices of various architectural firms to review portfolios of their work.
  • Use your own experience to identify architects that have served you well in the past.
  • Ask for recommendations from other organizations or persons who may have had similar projects.
  • Advertise in a local or province-wide publication.

You will find the process easier if you keep the list of potential architects to a manageable number. For a small project, two architects may be sufficient, whereas ten or more may be appropriate for a large, complicated assignment.

The Office

The offices of the NSAA are located at 1361 Barrington Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in a registered historical property known as Stoddard House. The NSAA Offices are appropriately situated across the street from the Dalhousie University School of Architecture, and in between the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia offices and Government House (home to the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia).

For information on the Nova Scotia Architects Act and Regulations, Educational Resources, Publications, and other helpful information, please visit the Resources Section.

The photos on the homepage are the Lieutenant Governor Design Awards in Architecture recipients. For a complete list, please visit the Awards Page.

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