Governed by the International Grouping of Cooperation and Emergency Architects, based in Geneva, three organizations operate in specific areas of the globe to address catastrophes: France for Europe and Africa, Australia for Oceania and Southern Asia, and now Canada for the Americas.
A draft agreement governs the relations between the International Grouping and the three regional entities. The president of each of the three organizations sits on the board of directors of the International Grouping of Cooperation and Emergency Architects. The president of the International Grouping sits on the board of directors of each of the three regional entities.
Each local entity is autonomous and governed by its board of directors, as per the draft agreement signed by the different parties, and foresees three different types of intervention for Cooperation and Emergency Architects of Canada
- Under the aegis of the International Grouping, it participates in projects implemented by this organization. In this type of intervention, the role of Cooperation and Emergency Architects of Canada is to contribute to the accomplishment of the project goals by means of financial and human resources.
- Cooperation and Emergency Architects of Canada can be called upon to lead projects, independently or in partnership with other NGOs, by the International Grouping. It will then lead a project with contributions from the other entities and the International Grouping. The organization will be responsible for sourcing funds and qualified professionals, and for proceeding with the evaluation, planning and complete implementation of the mission.
- The organization can initiate its own projects, independently or in partnership with other NGOs, with its own funding and its own human resources, in the event that the International Grouping is not present, for local or regional catastrophes.
Since 2001, architects, engineers and planners have been applying their professional expertise in order to bring aid to all victims of natural, technological or humanitarian catastrophes, without discrimination based on nationality, sex or religion .