The future formal purpose of the List and its means of production may be seen as twofold:
a) To continue to provide the means of recommending recognition of a course to a National Authority in a country which does not have its own validation procedure.
b) To provide a list of qualifications which can be recognised by all the constituent National Authorities, subject to the agreement of individual National Authorities.
There are also a number of informal, but none the less important, purposes of the List and its means of production and maintenance concerned with exchange and improvement of knowledge and skills in the education, research and practice of architecture, particularly in a transcultural and global context, and the exchange of the experience of standards.
Benefits: for CAA Member Organisations and National Authorities
|Recognition of qualifications||The system provides a means of recognising qualifications of international applicants for membership.|
|External verification of standards||For countries with a small number of schools the CAA system provides external, international verification of standards. It is of particular benefit to countries with no national validation system whose schools can receive full CAA system visits individually.|
|Systems validation||For countries with a national validation system there is a procedure for recognising such systems. This is an efficient way of validating a number of courses at one time to the CAA standard.|
|Member benefits||For Associations whose members include graduates of CAA recognised national courses there is a member benefit allowing mobility for those who wish to practice or teach (or study) in other CAA member countries through an internationally recognised qualification|
Benefits for Schools
|Assessment of Standards by a multi-lateral international body||The CAA system is a peer review process that assesses output standards against minimum set criteria for architectural education. CAA calls this the ‘Validation of Competencies and Variety’ holding of equal importance the CAA criteria and ‘the need to preserve and encourage diversity, innovation and development’. The process is inclusive involving both local (institute and registration board) and CAA board members, who are drawn from an internationally representative Panel.|
|International Collegiality||The by-product of the CAA List is a network of schools of recognised standard creating opportunities for exchange between schools, students and teachers. The common standard is conducive to twinning and summer school exchanges between schools. Also valuable detailed exchanges between the board members and the school take place both during and after visits.|
|Internal Assessment||The preparation for CAA recognition can combine with internal self assessment procedures to consider the progress and development of an architecture programme. The documentation and gathering of student portfolios required for a CAA visit is valuable internal quality assessment tool and the latter generates an exhibition of student work.|
|Reputation||CAA recognition enhances reputation and can be used to improve recruitment at national, regional and international levels. Courses located within an institution of higher learning receive improved status within their parent body.|
Benefits: For students
|Mobility||Transferable qualifications for graduates who wish to study or work outside their country of study. The CAA List provides access to an international network of schools further study and better employment Prospects. Such mobility is within the constraints of local immigration and registration requirements in CAA member countries.|
|Memberships||Opportunities for student or full membership of other CAA national associations.|