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REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Number of inhabitants 48,182,000
Number of architects 10,140
Index of architects per inhabitant 0.210‰
 
 

Admittance to the profession

EDUCATION

Establishing of education standards or recognition of study plans Yes
Regular supervision by an independent body No
Relevant authorities MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
Recognised educational centers UNIVERSITIES, GRADUATE SCHOOLS OF ARCHITECTURE
Duration of studies 4 years at the Universities, 2 years at the Graduate Schools
 
INTERNSHIP
Compulsory Yes
Is it structured and recorded? Yes
Duration 5 years after Bachelorship in architecutre. The internship is compulsory only in a sense that the "experience working in architecture related field" is one of the requirements of architect license exam.
 
EXAMINATION
Compulsory examination by an external authority to the education Yes
Examining body The Ministry of Construction and Transportation.
 
TITLE GRANTED
Academic title BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (B.Sc.) / BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING (B.Eng.) IN ARCHITECTURE, MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ARCHITECTURE (M.Sc.), MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE Authority that grants the academic title Universities, Graduate Schools
Job title ARCHITECT. ASSISTANT ARCHITECT Authoriry that grants the job title The Ministry of Construction and Transports
Additional notes Many schools switched to 5-year program in 2002.
 
Professional practice
Regulated profession Yes
Inscription in register compulsory Yes
Registering entity MINISTRY OF CONSTRUCTION AND TRANSPORTATION
Law regulating profession Architects Act
Additional notes Architects Act was revised to minimize the government control and regulation. It is in effect as of 1 January 2001.
 
ARCHITECT'S COMPETENCES
Description Architectural Design, feasibility studies, project documentation, supervision and co-ordination of the construction. Survey and appraisal of existing buildings, field survey and safety inspection.
 
MECHANISM CHECKING LICENSE TO PRACTISE
Description Registered architects must stamp the project documentation.
 
ARCHITECT'S LIABILITY
Description Design must comply with the building codes and other relative laws and regulations. Architect is responsible for safety, function and aesthetics of the building. Life and property damage, intentional or due to negligence, must be compensated.
Source Building Act and subordinated enforcement ordinances and regulations. Architects Act Article 20 and enforcement ordinances and regulations, Fire Prevention Act.
 
INSURANCE
Compulsory No
Description Only a few architects contract insurance.
 
FEES
Does a fee scale exist? No
Compulsory No
Recommended No
Published by  
Additional notes The Compulsory fee scale was abolished for violation of Monopoly Act in 1999.
 
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Compulsory Yes
Is it audited? Yes
Organising body/ies Construction Technology Education Agency
Description Article 30-2 of the Architects Act states that the Minister of Construction and Transports can order "maintenance education" of Architects and/or Assistant Architects whenever it is considered necessary. The Minister can delegate the administration of the education to specialised organisations (e.g. Korean Institute of Registered Architects).
 
CODE OF ETHICS
Does it exist? Yes
Constituting body Korean Institute of Architects (KIA), Korean Institute of Registered Architects (KIRA)
 
OTHER PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED IN THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS
Are there others who may legally provide similar services to architects? No
Title Competences
   
Other professionals in the provision of architectural services
Title Competences
ENGINEER Consulting in the particular field of their profession (civil, mechanical, structural, electrical, fire protection, geotechnical engineers).
SURVEYOR Quantity surveying
 
ADDITIONAL NOTES
 
 
PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL BODIES
Name of body Competences
KOREA INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS Promotion and recognition of the profession and of the architect's role in the Society, on the local and international level. Activities include sponsoring the National Exhibition of Architecture, lectures, education, research.
KOREAN INSTITUTE OF REGISTERED ARCHITECTS Assists the government in administration and management of registered architects and their practices.
THE ARCHITECTS INSTITUTE OF KOREA Research in fields of architecture, building technology, structure, educational system, regulation and others.
 
 
Foreign architects
Can a foreign architect practice independently? No
 
LAW/S REGULATING PRACTICE
Architects' Act, Enforcement Ordinance and Enforcement Regulation
 
REQUIREMENTS
Origin 1 (All origins) Foreign architect must work with a local architect, and has to make a declaration to the Minister of Construction and Transportation in order to practice in Korea. He/she may be registered at the government.
Origin 2  
Origin 3  
 
PROCEDURE
 
 
EXPENSES
 
 
DOCUMENTATION
Origin 1 (All origins) In the case a foreign architects wishes to register at the Korean Government, he/she needs the following documents: architect's diploma, license for practice in his/her own country, Korean residence registration certificate, a photograph.
Origin 2  
Origin 3  

If foreign architects are authorised to work independently, what type of collaboration with national architects is recommended?  
In the event that foreign architects are not authorised to work independently, what is the stipulated formula of collaboration with national architects? Joint venture with a local architect.

ADDITIONAL NOTES
 

Useful addresses
KOREAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS (KIA)
1-117, Dongsung-dong, Jongno-gu
110-765  Seoul
Tel: (82-2) 744-8050
Fax: (82-2) 743-5363
e-mail: kia@kia.or.kr
URL: www.kia.or.kr
KOREAN INSTITUTE OF REGISTERED ARCHITECTS (KIRA)
1603-55 Seocho-Dong, Seocho-Ku
  Seoul
URL: http://www.kira.or.kr/
THE ARCHITECTURAL INSTITUTE OF KOREA
1044-34 Sadang-Dong, Dongjak-gu
156-827  Seoul
Tel: 82-2-525-1841~4
Fax: 82-2-525-1845
e-mail: webmaster@aik.or.kr
URL: www.aik.or.kr
FEDERATION OF INSTITUTES OF KOREAN ARCHITECTS
1603-55 Seocho-dong, Seoucho-gu
  Seoul
Tel: 82-2-525 8378
Fax: 82-2-525 8379
e-mail: fika2000@korea.com
MINISTRY OF CONSTRUCTION AND TRANSPORT
1 Joungang-Dong
  Kwacheon City, Kuonggi-Do
MINISTRY OF LABOR
1 Joungang-Dong
  Kwacheon City, Kuonggi-Do
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
77 Sejong-Ro, Chongro-Ku
  Seoul
 

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