RIAS encourages members to help shape future of architecture profession

The UK Government has announced a call for evidence for those working in architectural and built environment professions on the Review of Architects Regulation.

RIAS encourages members to help shape future of architecture profession

The call for evidence will run for 12 weeks, focusing specifically on the role of the Architects Registration Board (ARB), and will form the first part of a wider review of architectural regulation, including thematic workshops and interviews with sector representatives.

Initial findings from the review will be provided to the housing minister Christopher Pincher by Spring 2022, with the outcome expected in the Summer.

Mr Pincher said: “Our architectural sector is one of the best in the world – with first-class educational institutions, world-leading practices, and a healthy export market.

“The review we are launching today builds on this outstanding legacy, looking to the future and exploring the changes we need for an innovative, accessible and broad profession that delivers better, greener and safer design and construction.”

Alan Kershaw, chair of the Architects Registration Board, said: “ARB has set an ambitious agenda that will modernise and transform the way we regulate. It’s essential that we have a renewed and modern policy framework to match.

“The government’s review asks important questions about policy and regulation and we look forward to playing a full part in shaping and supporting an architectural profession that is fit for the future.”

A spokesperson for the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) added: “RIAS encourage members to engage with this opportunity to shape the future of the profession and contribute to a wholesale review that will consider modernising regulation, improving diversity and upholding UK’s global reputation in architecture.

“The RIAS welcomes a focus on how the profession can become more diverse and accessible, whether the current regulatory regime and regulation of architects can support a more sustainable built environment and how the Government can promote innovation in the sector.”

The consultation closes at 11.45pm on November 8.

View full details and take part here.

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