Qualified architects' register launched


A NEWLY-LAUNCHED architects’ register allows consumers to determine whether the “architect” they wish to employ is a qualified and competent professional.

Developed in response to widespread problems arising from work by unqualified architects, the register will greatly improve consumer protection, according to the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI).

More than 2,700 architects who have met levels of qualification and competence are listed on the register, which was launched by the institute yesterday, and only those on the register are entitled to use the title “architect”.

An advice service for consumers and a dispute resolution mechanism are also being provided as part of a wider reform of architect services in the State.

As part of a new system of self-regulation set out in the Building Control Act 2007, consumers may also avail of a mediation service in the event of poor service or suspected malpractice. Architects are also required to have professional indemnity insurance.

The RIAI has urged consumers to protect themselves by logging on to the new service at www.riai.ie and checking the register.