CAA is a membership organisation for institutes
representing architects in Commonwealth countries. Formed in
1965 to promote co-operation for 'the advancement of architecture
in the Commonwealth' and particularly to share and increase
architectural knowledge, it currently has 37 members.
The Association is best known for its procedures for the validation
of courses in architecture which convene multilateral visiting
boards to schools to assess courses against set criteria. This
results in a list of qualifications recommended for recognition
Under the umbrella of the Commonwealth
CAA subscribes to its core values, and in particular, developmental
support to the smaller and younger members. The Commonwealth
network is increasingly valued as a means of accelerating improvement
in the world's living conditions and to ensure a sustainable
future for the planet. The built environment has a key part
to play and CAA's current programme 'Cities
and Sustainability' works to ensure the maximum participation
of the architectural profession at all levels.
Connections of benefit are required in a globalising world and the
value of CAA is sustained by the commonalities of the network; the
use of a common language and a shared heritage in the practice and
education of architecture.
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