Associations and Student Groups


Architects Without Borders Canada
Architects Without Borders Canada is a volunteer organization committed to assisting communities affected by poverty, disaster or pandemic. One of our primary objectives is to promote the humanitarian aspects of design while engaging in meaningful real-world partnerships with affected communities. With industry professionals, graduates, and students from the University of Manitoba, AWB Canada members have a wide range of experience in Architecture, City Planning, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture. At present, we have contributed to projects in Tanzania, Uganda, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal, and Cambodia. We also support several non-profit organizations in Winnipeg.

Canadian Association of Planning Students (CAPS)
The Canadian Association of Planning Students (CAPS) represents all accredited planning school students. Once a year, CAPS holds a conference, around which will revolve presentations by professionals, academics and students. The University of Manitoba Association of Planning Students (UMAPS) has funded students to present their papers at the conference in recent years. The next CAPS conference will be held in Winnipeg, February 5-7, 2015.

Students interested in attending the CAPS conference are encouraged to submit papers (often based on your main Planning Theory paper assignment) for presentation. The Faculty of Graduate Studies offers graduate student conference travel awards to help get you there (but make sure you are on top of the relevant application deadlines – July 1st for conferences taking place in first term, and November 1st for conferences in second term). Also, you can often receive funding from the Graduate Students' Association, the Alumni Association and the Manitoba Professional Planners Institute to assist with such initiatives (the Department and/or Dean’s office may on occasion provide supplementary funds, where students have been invited to conferences, or have had presentation proposals accepted).

Graduate Students' Association (GSA)
The main body for all graduate students on campus, the University of Manitoba Graduate Students' Association’s concerns are ensuring that the needs of graduate students are met. The GSA has representation on the University of Manitoba Student Union’s (UMSU) council and with University Administration.

Interior Design Association of Students (IDAS)
IDeAS is responsible for conducting the student affairs for the Department of Interior Design. This includes academic and faculty representation and social events.

Landscape Architecture Student Association (LASA)
LASA is responsible for conducting the student affairs for the Department of Landscape Architecture. This includes academic and faculty representation and social events.

Student Architectural Society (SAS)
SAS is responsible for conducting the student affairs for the Environmental Design Program. This includes academic and faculty representation and social events, as well as locker rentals in the John A. Russell and Architecture 2 buildings.

University of Manitoba Association of Architecture Students (UMAAS)
UMAAS is responsible for conducting the student affairs for the Department of Architecture. This includes academic and faculty representation and social events.

University of Manitoba Association of Planning Students (UMAPS)
UMAPS is responsible for conducting the student affairs for the Department of City Planning. This includes academic and faculty representation and social events. UMAPS has representation on the Graduate Students Association (GSA), the Canadian Association of Planning Students' (CAPS) council and the Manitoba Professional Planning Institute’s (MPPI) council.


Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP)
The association web site has a wealth of information on awards & scholarships; job opportunities; conferences and additional resources that you may find useful.

Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB)
The Canadian Architectural Certification Board certifies educational qualifications of graduates from professional University programmes in architecture. The certification is a mandatory first step after graduation towards licensure and registration.

Certification of educational qualifications of individuals (Certification Programme) is based on legal requirements entrenched in provincial/territorial Architects’ Acts, and the agreement of Canadian licensing authorities as to the mandatory character of such a certification. Certification of individual educational qualifications of applicants holding degrees or diplomas in architecture is carried out in accordance with the conditions and criteria contained in the Canadian Education Standard established and acclaimed by the Canadian licensing authorities. The CACB, as the CES’s sole administrator, ensures that the Canadian Education Standard stays current.

The Board issues a Certificate of Educational Qualifications to applicants who, in the judgement of the Board’s Assessment Committee, meet the Standard and maintains a National Register of those certified and confidential records of all pertinent documentation for all applicants.

Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP)
CIP is the professional regulatory body of planners in Canada. The CIP actively lobbies policy at the national level, ensuring representation of the planning profession within the government and public initiatives. CIP also encourages the expansion of innovative tools and methods for practicing planners, and the provision of low cost services to all members. The Professional Standards Board is now responsible for setting and maintaining the standards under which planners must work and assure the accreditation of planningschools.

Student members of CIP also elect a national student representative on the Canadian Institute of Planners’ (CIP) council. You are strongly encouraged to take out a student membership - via the Manitoba Professional Planners Institute (MPPI) - to entitle you to apply for annual CIP student scholarships and to receive CIP academic excellence awards – among other member services (such as online issues of Plan Canada and in the ‘member zone’ area of the CIP website).

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA)
The CSLA, established in 1934, is the national voice of landscape architects in Canada. They represent ten provincial and territorial components and their 1600 members in every corner of Canada. Their members play a central role in shaping the land, creating landscapes that are beautiful, sustainable, imaginative and meaningful.

City of Winnipeg Planning, Property and Development Department
This is the department within the City of Winnipeg responsible for providing property, planning and development services to the general public. This is an invaluable source of information for studio work.

Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)
CIDA-accredited programs assure the public that interior design education prepares students to be responsible, well-informed, skilled professionals who make beautiful, safe, and comfortable spaces that also respect the earth and its resources.

Manitoba Association of Architects (MAA)
The MAA is a self-governing professional association, mandated by the Province of Manitoba under The Architects Act to regulate the practice of architecture in the province.

In fulfilling its mandate, the MAA serves to protect the public interest and advance the profession of architecture. The MAA 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 MAA By-Laws and Code of Ethics. As well, the MAA has been a pioneer in Canada in establishing mandatory continuing education requirements for its membership.

Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects (MALA)
MALA was founded in 1973 to regulate standards of professional practice and conduct consistent with the need to serve and to protect the public interest; to serve as advocates for a high quality of design in the urban and rural environments of Manitoba, and to advance and promote the profession of landscape architecture.

Manitoba Professional Planners Institute (MPPI)
MPPI is the provincial governing body of all planners in the Province of Manitoba. As indicated, it is responsible for handling membership applications and services as well as promoting the Code of Practice and ensuring that the University of Manitoba’s planning program is maintaining the standards set by the CIP. In recent years, MPPI has reached out to students in City Planning by creating a mentoring program. The program links current students to practicing planners who serve as professional advisors to the students.

Landscape Architecture Accreditation Council (LAAC)
Accredited programs in landscape architecture in Canada are those that have met the standards of the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Council (LAAC). These programs have been evaluated and found to provide the required instruction, faculty, facilities and financial support to deliver a sound program as demanded by the profession and the public. Accreditation reviews take place every five years. Programs accredited by CSLA through LAAC are also recognized by the ASLA Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB).

Planners’ Network
The Planners’ Network is an association of professionals, activists, academics, and students involved in physical, social, economic, and environmental planning in urban and rural areas, who promote fundamental change in our political and economic systems.

Professional Interior Designers Institute of Manitoba (PIDIM)
The PIDIM is committed to enhancing the practice of Interior Design in Manitoba, and to educating the public about the benefits of Interior Design. As a professional body, its aim is to improve quality of life, and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public through the design of the interior environment.

The Professional Interior Designers Institute of Manitoba is an association of Interior Designers qualified by education, experience and examination to practice the profession of Interior Design in the Province of Manitoba, under the designation of Professional Interior Designer.