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Government responds to Architects Act consultation – RIBA replies

Our response to the outcome of the Government’s consultation on proposed amendments to the Architects Act.

08 June 2021

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the outcome of the Government’s consultation on proposed amendments to the Architects Act, changing the way architects are regulated within the UK.

RIBA President, Alan Jones, said:

“The RIBA has been clear that architects must have the necessary knowledge and skills to respond to the key challenges facing our society and planet – from the building safety crisis to the climate emergency. We therefore welcome Government plans to drive high professional standards and we reiterate our commitment to work alongside the ARB to ensure any new competency requirements support and work for the profession.

We are also pleased to see the Government recognise the global standing of UK architects and commit to the recognition of international qualifications – a mechanism the RIBA has been lobbying for on behalf of our members since the referendum. To enable the UK profession to maintain and build its reputation as a global leader, the Government must now focus on securing reciprocal agreements, to allow both the exportation and recruitment of talent.

Most significantly, we will continue to encourage policy makers to engage with architects – their insight and experience will be critical to creating regulatory and procurement systems that work for all.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

  1. Press contact: Abigail.Chiswell-White@riba.org.
  2. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Follow @RIBA on Twitter for regular updates.

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