Beware of Unauthorized Architects – Council
Arc. Stella N.D. Arthiabah, Acting Registrar, ARC
The Acting Registrar of the Architects Registration Council of Ghana, Stella N.D. Arthiabah, has cautioned the public against unauthorized persons who illegally practice architecture in the country.
In a statement issued by the Acting Registrar, she said that certain individuals and firms present themselves to unsuspecting clients and submit proposals for consideration for architectural design and consultancy services.
‘Such practices do not only affect the proper planning and adherence to building regulations in the country, but pose great danger to our society since these individuals lack the required coaching to do proper work.’
Mrs. Arthiabah cited Part 3, Paragraph 20 of the Architects Decree 1969 (NLCD 357); Part 1, Section 6 of the National Building Regulations 1996 (LI 1630) and other legislations, which make clear reference to the practice and engagement of architects and the allied professionals.
‘The architect is the lead design professional.’
She urged the public to engage only registered architects and architectural firms for architectural services, ensure that Statement of Work (SOW) for consultancy services is clearly stated to avoid any ambiguities, request for proof of valid Practice Certificates from consultants and also seek assistance from the Council or the Ghana Institute of Architects when developing SOW for building projects.
Mrs. Arthiabah noted that authorized architects have the capacity to embark on core architectural services, including project feasibility/viability studies, concept /ideas development, building design and detailing.
They also do construction supervision, contract administration, project management, rehabilitation and refurbishment, conservation, interior design, landscape design, building survey and facilitating planning approvals
The Architects Registration Council of Ghana is mandated by the Architects Decree of 1969 (NLCD 357) to control the practice of architecture in Ghana, and prescribe and uphold professional conduct and ethics in the interest of the general public.
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