The Architectural Conservancy Ontario (ACO) is a charitable organization operating through a network of autonomous local branches in communities across Ontario, linked by a small co-ordinating office in Toronto, and governed by its Executive and Provincial Council. ACO has been involved in preserving Ontario’s architectural and environmental heritage since 1933 by helping communities and owners preserve structures of architectural merit, and places of natural beauty or interest.


The goal of NextGen is twofold: Firstly, to provide a community for the sharing of mutual interest in historic preservation. Secondly, to promote professional development for members by providing networking and volunteer opportunities, hands-on learning, recognition and awards.


Since 2011, NextGen has led a series of programs and events for our members, including our annual Design Charrette and Job Shadow Program, Ontario Heritage Conference sponsorships, NextGen Awards, pub nights, building tours and lectures.

Who Should Join?

Anyone with an interest in Ontario’s built and cultural heritage landscapes. Architectural conservation requires the skills and knowledge of many fields, including architecture, history, cultural studies, urban planning, photography, interior design, landscape architecture, art history, sustainable design,  archaeology, civil engineering, museum studies, geography, architectural theory, conservation studies, and more.


Networking: ACO NextGen you to established professionals in the industry to learn more about your career path, as well as connecting you with community members who share your interests.

Exclusive Events: NextGen events provide unique opportunities for members to gain hands on experience, make connections, and learn.

Community Engagement: Be a part of a community of like-minded, passionate, individuals who want to protect our structures and culture.

Job Postings: We’re always on the lookout for job postings across Ontario that are relevant to architecture and culture.

Get Published: Publish your work and research in ACO’s ACORN magazine, our newsletter and our blog.