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ZIMBABWE
Number of inhabitants 12,627,000
Number of architects 100
Index of architects per inhabitant 0.007‰
 
 

Admittance to the profession

EDUCATION

Establishing of education standards or recognition of study plans Yes
Regular supervision by an independent body No
Relevant authorities The ARCHITECTS COUNCIL OF ZIMBABWE
Recognised educational centers SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE of the NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY in Bulawayo.
Duration of studies 5 years
 
INTERNSHIP
Compulsory Yes
Is it structured and recorded? No
Duration 2 years
 
EXAMINATION
Compulsory examination by an external authority to the education Yes
Examining body Architects Council of Zimbabwe
 
TITLE GRANTED
Academic title   Authority that grants the academic title  
Job title ARCHITECT Authoriry that grants the job title Architects Council of Zimbabwe
Additional notes Only registered architects may use the title
 
Professional practice
Regulated profession Yes
Inscription in register compulsory Yes
Registering entity ARCHITECTS COUNCIL OF ZIMBABWE
Law regulating profession The Architects Act ch27.01
Additional notes  
 
ARCHITECT'S COMPETENCES
Description According to the Architects Act, designing of buildings and their additions and the supervision of the construction works. There is nothing in the Law to prevent an architect to engage in other kinds of professional activity.
 
MECHANISM CHECKING LICENSE TO PRACTISE
Description All practicing architects are reqired to be registered by the ACZ. It is a criminal offence for a non registered person to perform the architect's profession.
 
ARCHITECT'S LIABILITY
Description There is no limit to architect's liability unless otherwise agreed by the client.
Source Common law
 
INSURANCE
Compulsory No
Description It is recommended
 
FEES
Does a fee scale exist? Yes
Compulsory Yes
Recommended No
Published by Architects Council of Zimbabwe
Additional notes The mandatory fee scale is based on 6 percent of the final cost of new works.
 
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Compulsory No
Is it audited? No
Organising body/ies  
Description  
 
CODE OF ETHICS
Does it exist? Yes
Constituting body Architects Council of Zimbabwe
 
OTHER PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED IN THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS
Are there others who may legally provide similar services to architects? Yes
Title Competences
ENGINEER The engineers may perform architectural work when the work is carried out in the normal course of their profession
Other professionals in the provision of architectural services
Title Competences
ENGINEER Providing civil, structural, electrical and mechanical engineering services.
QUANITITY SURVEYOR Providing quantity surveying services, and project estimations
 
ADDITIONAL NOTES
 
 
PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL BODIES
Name of body Competences
THE INSTUTE OF ARCHITECTS OF ZIMBABWE A private body which represents the profession; its main purpose is the promotion of architecture and architectural educaton. Full members are required to be registered architects. The Institute provides 9 of the eleven members of the Architects Council.
THE ARCHITECTS COUNCIL OF ZIMBABWE The Council is the legal registration body and consists of 11 members, two of which are nominated by the Ministry of Local Government and National Housing.
 
 
Foreign architects
Can a foreign architect practice independently? Yes
 
LAW/S REGULATING PRACTICE
Architects Act ch27.01
 
REQUIREMENTS
Origin 1 (All origins) Recognised diploma in architecture, being over the age of 21 and resident in Zimbabwe, professional practice examination and two years of continuous practical experience in the office of a registrated architect in Zimbabwe or elsewhere. The two years internship may not be necessary if the Architects Council considers that the applicant's architectural work is of sufficient variety and of a satisfactory nature and standard for the purposes of the registration as an architect. The temporary registration for non-resident architects does not require the proof of residence nor the professional practice examination.
Origin 2  
Origin 3  
 
PROCEDURE
 
 
EXPENSES
 
 
DOCUMENTATION
Origin 1 (All origins) Documents that certificate the above stated requirements.
Origin 2  
Origin 3  

If foreign architects are authorised to work independently, what type of collaboration with national architects is recommended? The temporarily registered architects are recommended to establish a joint venture with a local architect, although they are not required to do so.
In the event that foreign architects are not authorised to work independently, what is the stipulated formula of collaboration with national architects?  

ADDITIONAL NOTES
There is a temporary registration for foreign architects which is renewable annually.

Useful addresses
INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS OF ZIMBABWE
Conquenar 256, Samora Machel Avenue East, PO Box 3592
  Harare
Tel: 263-4-746 826
Fax: 263-4-746 826
e-mail: archzim@africaonline.co.zw
ARCHITECTS COUNCIL OF ZIMBABWE
Conquenar 256, Samora Machel Avenue East, PO Box 3592
  Harare
Tel: 263-4-748 826
Fax: 263-4-746 826
e-mail: archzim@africaonline.co.zw

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