Advocacy

Advocacy is a key activity in furthering the TSA’s mandate “to promote and advance the role of architecture and design in Toronto’s dynamic community for the enrichment of the city and its citizens.” We see our role as working to ensure that architecture and design are key considerations in public discussions and in processes that have an impact on our urban environment. The TSA has effectively lobbied civic governments, participated in civic improvement councils, assisted in the writing of building by-laws, and offered professional views on urban issues.

The TSA’s Advocacy Guidelines have been developed to articulate our role as advocates in support of the delivery of high quality architecture and urban design. Comments or questions from members and the general public are welcome and can be sent to us through our contact page.

PRINCIPLES |

The TSA believes in:

1. Design excellence
2. Economic vitality, social equity, environmental health and sustainability.
3. Architectural discourse, transparency, accountability and public engagement.
4. Respect for significant built and natural heritage.

IMPLEMENTATION |

The TSA endeavours to identify opportunities to raise awareness about design and planning issues within the profession and the broader public.

We strive to ensure that public policy, physical planning, economic strategies, legislation and by-laws support the timely and achievable delivery of projects that reflect our principles.

We seek to collaborate with government, agencies, groups and organizations to build a healthy, stable and vibrant city.

We seek partnerships with like-minded individuals and organizations to increase our impact and expand our reach.

ACTIONS |

The TSA responds to immediate issues through actions that may include hosting forums to engage conversation, letter-writing, publicity, lobbying, and participation in public meetings.

We aim to anticipate and influence issues through conducting research, hosting forums and events that engage our membership and others, and by writing position papers and articles.

The TSA endeavours to address architecture and urban planning issues identified by its members where resources and time allow. Decisions on the issues to be addressed and the actions to be taken, rest with the TSA Executive.