The Federation of Caribbean Associations of Architects (FCAA) was founded in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on January 14, 2000. Several architects' institutions that were members of the Federation of Pan-American Architects (FPAA), in which they represented the Caribbean Region, felt the necessity to become an independent Caribbean Federation.
The FCAA currently consists of 19 institutional members.
The main objective of the FCAA, according to the Statutes, is to gather Caribbean architects and architects from neighboring countries of the Caribbean basin in order to reinforce the professional, artistic, intellectual and friendly relations between them.
The Federation of Caribbean Associations of Architects (FCAA) represents the Caribbean region of the Federation of Pan-American Associations of Architects (F.P.A.A.) in accordance with Article 30, chapter V of the General Rules and Regulations of the F.P.A.A.
The bodies represented in the Federation are:
Official members of the F.P.A.A. in each country that have decided to join the Caribbean Federation.
The existing institutional organizations in the different Caribbean islands, either F.P.A.A. members or not.
The other existing architect's organizations in the Caribbean region.
The group of architects or individual architects working on specific islands of the Caribbean region.
The official or unofficial members of the F.P.A.A. of American countries neighboring the Caribbean coasts.
The institutions or architects having an honorary status.
The Federation has five (5) categories of members such as:
the institutional members
All institutional organizations representing the architectural practice of the Caribbean countries, members or not of the F.P.A.A, may belong to the FCAA They will be designated as official members and will have the right to vote.
the associate members
All organizations of the Caribbean countries dedicated to architecture development in general and of the profession in particular. They will be designated Associate Member, have the right to participate but not to vote.
the individual members
The Architects of Caribbean countries with less than ten architects, without an institutional organization representing the profession will be designated as Individual Members. To have the right to vote, they should request an order or mandate granted by the majority of Architects from their respective countries.
the honorary members
Any individual noticed by his achievements in the field of architectural development in general, or the profession in particular. The delivery of the honorary title requires a submission to the Executive Committee at the Assembly.
The Executive Committee can assign specific work to these members. These members will have no right to vote.
Any institutional organization representing the architect's profession of the neighboring American countries of the Caribbean coasts, F.P.A.A. members or not, may belong to the FCAA They will be designated as observer members, may participate to the events but will not have the right to vote.
THE DIRECTING BODIES
The directing bodies of the Federation are:
The Executive Committee
The Assembly is composed of: Section delegate members of the Federation. Each section will be represented by a number of delegates to be determined by the Executive Committee before the Assembly's meeting, following the criteria defined by the General Orders.
The Assembly will have a meeting at least once every two years to discuss the following matters:
To choose a President, the Vice-Presidents, a General Secretary, a treasurer and the designated committees.
To establish the Federation's budget and the amount of membership dues for the sections.
To discuss matters submitted by the Executive Committee and presented on the established schemes for each Assembly.
To determine the date and place for the next Assembly to be held.
To determine the date, place and duration of the next Congress and next Biennale each to be held every two years.
To define the Federation's position with regard to the International Architects Union (U.I.A.) and support all actions undertaken by the F.P.A.A.
THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Executive Committee will be composed of:
A 1st Vice-President,
A General Secretary,
A Treasurer, being one of the following Vice-Presidents,
A Vice-President for the Spanish-speaking regions,
A Vice-President for the French speaking regions,
A Vice-President for the English speaking regions,
A Vice-President for the Netherlands Antilles, Aruba and Surinam (Dutch and Papiamentu).
The duration of the mandate will be of two (2) years, renewable for only one period with a maximum of two mandates, except for the Presidency.
No National Section will be able to be represented within the Executive Committee by more than two (2) members.
The members of the Executive Committee will be elected for a period of two years.
The Executive Committee will be elected during each General Assembly.
The Executive Committee will meet at least once a year. Its duties are defined in the General Orders.
No member will be able to be part of the Executive Committee for more than two consecutive periods.
The rules and regulations concerning the detail of the organization as well as the activities of the Federation, not mentioned in these Statutes are defined in the General Orders that should be adopted and may be modified by the Assembly.
The official languages of the F.C.A.A. are Spanish, English and French.
Complete versions of the Statutes and General Orders as adopted officially at the General Assembly in Aruba in 2006 can be downloaded.