The SSAC is a registered charitable organization founded in 1974 by a broadly-based group of people interested in encouraging a greater understanding and development of the study of Canadian architecture. Included in this study is an examination of both historical and cultural issues relating to buildings, streetscapes, cities, and the countryside.
Its principal role is to serve as a means of communication among members of the architectural community. It has also been involved in encouraging the collection and preservation of the country’s architectural records, has stimulated and supported important scholarly publications, and, through both its members and its Journal, has been active in the preservation of the built environment.
Canadian architectural studies have increased remarkably since the founding of the SSAC. Much of this work has come from SSAC members who have pursued their interests at the national and regional levels and have provided the general perspective necessary for the proper evaluation and assessment of Canadian architecture. One of the opportunities for communication has been the Society’s annual conference, which is held each year in a different region of the country. At these meetings a wide range of topics has been discussed: studies of technology and materials, the building industry, settlement patterns and urban design, art and architecture. Tours of regional architecture and special guest speakers are important features of each meeting.