The RIBA has responded to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ (DLUHC) call for evidence on the current form of regulation for architects.
To summarise the full response, which can be downloaded below, RIBA President, Simon Allford, said:
“To uphold public health and safety and protect the environment, our response makes a strong case that some professional functions – relating to planning and building regulations gateways – should be regulated activities.
We also use this opportunity to urge the ARB to accelerate work to secure Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualification (MRPQ) agreements, and follow our lead to support existing accessible study routes – both of which are critical to the success and inclusivity of our future profession.
While enhanced competencies for architects are welcome – and reflect our own plans set out within The Way Ahead – the ARB must work with us to ensure new requirements support and bolster existing systems.
Our profession faces unprecedented societal, environmental and economic challenges. The ARB has a responsibility to work closely with the RIBA, using our established and globally recognised education and CPD systems, and to avoid any unnecessary bureaucratic and financial burden upon architects.”