Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South West, Cáit Keane, has today (Thursday) called for action to be taken following the publication of the Report on the Title of Architect in Ireland, which contains a number of recommendations to address the ongoing issue of accreditation of architects in this country.
“Following the publication of the Report on the Title of Architect in Ireland, I am urging the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan TD, to take immediate action to address the serious problems architects in this country face when it comes to registering as professional architects with the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI).
“Since the introduction of the Building Control Act 2007, the majority of architects in this country have been cast out into the cold by the RIAI due to the stringent compliance measures imposed by this body for architects to register with. ‘Grandfather’ architects with some 40 years’ experience, but who don’t comply with the restrictive list of RIAI required qualifications, as well as architects who have studied and attained qualifications in architecture but which are not included on this restrictive list, have not been able to attain accreditation through the RIAI and, as such, cannot practice their profession.
“It is bad enough that the construction industry has collapsed and has effectively put a halt to the design of new developments, but to allow one body to exert so much control over this sector and prevent architects from practising their profession is ludicrous.
“The recommendations in this report will provide a means by which practitioners can engage in a process, without unnecessary expense or undue delay, where they can prove that they have the skills and knowledge necessary to be awarded the title of Architect and be facilitated in continuing to practice in the profession of Architecture. These issues have been successfully addressed by other Member States such as in Holland, France and Germany.
“I urge the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government to review this Report and the committee’s recommendations with careful consideration to bring forward proposals that will facilitate those who have proven their expertise in obtaining official recognition and certification of this expertise.”
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This post was written by on July 18, 2013