Government responds to consultation on amendments to the Architect’s Act

A new recognition system to acknowledge architecture qualifications from around the world will be implemented as part of the Professional Qualifications Bill.

New proposals to recognise architects’ international qualifications
Wider transformation of architects’ register to maintain standards
Part of ongoing reforms to improve competence of professionals across the built environment sector

A new recognition system to acknowledge architecture qualifications from around the world will be implemented as part of the Professional Qualifications Bill, ensuring the UK remains a leading, global destination to practise architecture.

The government has responded to a consultation on proposed amendments to the Architects Act, which will ensure professional standards within the sector are maintained and enable international architects to practise in the UK.

To support this, the Architects Registration Board (ARB) – the profession’s regulator – will allow architects with certain international qualifications to join their UK Register.

Wider proposals to drive up professional competence in the sector will be implemented via the Building Safety Bill.

Under these new measures, the ARB will be given new powers to monitor the way architects manage their Continuing Professional Development (CPD), in line with other regulated professions – encouraging architects to develop their competence to practise.

Alan Kershaw, Chair of the Architects Registration Board, said:

"Today the government has confirmed its intention to create new powers for the ARB, which we will use to introduce a scheme to monitor the Continuing Professional Development of architects."

"This is an opportunity to recognise formally the considerable amount of development activity that most architects already do. We will develop our approach in collaboration with architects and use our regulatory powers to promote consistency across the profession."

"ARB’s new role in recognising international qualifications is another positive step. We are going to ensure all individuals registering under this new process are held to equivalent standards, to maintain excellence across the architectural profession, whilst also ensuring the United Kingdom continues to benefit from the varied skills and experience international architects bring with them."

The government’s response to a consultation on proposed amendments to the Architects Act 1997 can be found HERE.

The full press release can be found HERE.