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There are many ways to get involved with ORSA and being active in the Society is a great way to meet new people who share a similar passion for architecture and design in our city.

Here are a few ways
that you can get involved


ORSA offers a wide variety of events throughout the year, including lectures, tours, film series and exhibitions. Most of our events are open to the public and completely free of charge, and are often done in collaboration with like-minded organizations throughout the Capital Region.

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It’s not only architects who can be members of ORSA – our membership is open to everyone interested in architecture and design! Our memberships are affordable and easy to do, and members receive benefits such as exclusive access to “member only” programs (such as our summer building tours series), discounts on numerous events and initiatives, as well as early-bird tickets to our lectures, and a subscription to our bi-weekly e-bulletins packed with events and competitions related to architecture and design.

Visit our
Membership page
for more


The backbone of ORSA are the dozens of volunteers who make our initiatives possible. From helping with setup and tear down of our public events to leading our architecture tours throughout the summer, our volunteering opportunities are as varied as our initiatives and we are always looking for new volunteers to help with projects big and small.

Some of the exciting ongoing committees we have underway for 2021 include:

  • Social Media
  • Ongoing Events (both online and eventually in person)
  • Design Excellence Awards
  • Golf Tournament
  • Ottawa Architecture Week 2021

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ORSA operates as a volunteer organization with dedicated members planning and implementing the programs, meetings and events enjoyed by the architecture and design communities and interested members of the public. ORSA initiatives are funded through membership fees, grants, donations and sponsorship.  We rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses to support our services and programs and to help us achieve our mandate “to promote and advance the role of architecture and design in Ottawa's vibrant community for the enrichment of the city and its citizens.”


Many sponsorship opportunities exist for companies wishing to support ORSA. Sponsorship is an excellent way to:
> Build or strengthen your relationships with architects, members of allied professions, educators and students.
> Increase your business exposure to a targeted audience through marketing opportunities.
> Utilize a variety of opportunities to keep your firm’s name at the forefront of the minds of architects and allied professionals
> Remind ORSA members and the general public that your company is a good community citizen by supporting programs and organizations that directly impact the quality of life, and Stay current and in the loop in the Capital!
> Sponsors receive excellent recognition and access to ORSA's members and the Ottawa design community.

To learn more about ORSA sponsorship opportunities or to make a donation please contact us at


ORSA would like to express our enormous gratitude to sponsors who through their generous support make our initiatives possible. We couldn’t do what we do without you!