Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Dáil Éireann Debate
423. Deputy James Reilly asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his plans to address the concerns of an organisation (details supplied) regarding promoting diversity and choice in architecture; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26915/10]
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Deputy John Gormley): Part 3 of the Building Control Act 2007 sets out the detailed requirements for registration of the title of “Architect”. Section 14 of the Act sets out the eligibility criteria for registration in the statutory register. It includes a category of persons who have been assessed as eligible for registration by the Technical Assessment Board in accordance with the practical experience assessment procedure viz. practising architecture for a minimum period of 10 years in the State.
The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI), which is designated as registration body for Architects under the Act, has established an Admissions Board and a Technical Assessment Board so that the registration process may commence in the near future. The RIAI has appointed architects to the boards and I have appointed the Chairpersons and non-architect majority to both boards. Section 22 sets out the procedures for the operation of the Technical Assessment Board.
The Act provides for an appeal against a decision of the Technical Assessment Board to an Appeals Board which will be appointed shortly. The Appeals Board will also have an independent Chairperson and a majority of lay members. There is ultimately an appeal to the High Court against a decision of the Appeals Board or any other Board or Committee.
Once statutory registration has formally commenced it will be an offence under sections 18 (1)(a) and 18(1)(d) of the Act to use the title of “Architect” unless registered on the statutory register. However, those sections will not apply:
(iii) where a decision is awaited on an appeal to the High Court against a decision of the Appeals Board, subject to the requirement that the application for registration to the Admissions Board or the Technical Assessment Board, or the appeal to either the Appeals Board or the High Court, has not been withdrawn.
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