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Commonwealth Association of Architects

Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA), formed in 1965, is an organisation for national and regional institutes representing architects in Commonwealth countries. As such, under the Commonwealth family, the association validates courses in architecture and convenes international boards to educational institutions to assess course components against set criteria. Its current membership list is 34 nations. Sir Robert Matthew CBE served as the first President from 1965 to 1969.[1] Vince Cassar is the present president of the organization.[2]

The CAA is a registered charity in the UK.[3]

In 2012 the UK's Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) ceased (after many decades) to recognise CAA accreditation of Commonwealth architecture schools, after the CAA refused to grant 'significant' RIBA representation on its accreditation panels to inspect schools first-hand. At the time CAA validated 41 colleges, though only visited 15 of them beforehand.[4]

A five-day International Architectural Exhibition of the Commonwealth Association of Architects was held in Battaramulla, Colombo, Sri Lanka in November 2013. It ran at the same time as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.[5]

The organisation held a two-day international summit in London, in June 2015, to celebrate its 50th anniversary.[6]


  1. ^ "Overview". CAA. Retrieved 2016-05-07.
  2. ^ "Mepa chairman Vince Cassar named president of Commonwealth Association of Architects". Retrieved 2016-05-07.
  3. ^ "The CAA elects", The Architect (Sri Lanka Institute of Architects), April 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  4. ^ Merlin Fulcher (24 October 2012) "RIBA stops recognising Commonwealth Association of Architects schools", Architects' Journal. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Council meeting of Commonwealth Association of Architects on Thursday", Daily FT (Sri Lanka), 13 November 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Preparing for Commonwealth Association of Architects Golden Jubilee", The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka), 1 March 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2017.

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