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SWITZERLAND
Number of inhabitants 7,157,000
Number of architects 5,330
Index of architects per inhabitant 0.744‰
 
 

Admittance to the profession

EDUCATION

Establishing of education standards or recognition of study plans Yes
Regular supervision by an independent body No
Relevant authorities DÉPARTEMENT FÉDÉRAL DE L'INTÉRIEUR. GROUPEMENT DE LA SCIENCE ET DE LA RECHERCHE
Recognised educational centers DEPARTMENTS FOR ARCHITECTURE of the UNIVERSITIES ETH (Zürich) and EPFL (Lausanne). IAUG (Genève)
Duration of studies 10 semesters (5 years) and 1 year of training practice during the studies.
 
INTERNSHIP
Compulsory Yes
Is it structured and recorded? No
Duration 1 year
 
EXAMINATION
Compulsory examination by an external authority to the education No
Examining body  
 
TITLE GRANTED
Academic title DIPL. ARCHITEKT ETHZ, ARCHITECTE DIPL. EPFL, ARCHITECTE DIPL. IAUG Authority that grants the academic title Département Fédéral de l'Intérieur. Groupement de la Science et de la Recherche
Job title   Authoriry that grants the job title  
Additional notes  
 
Professional practice
Regulated profession No
Inscription in register compulsory No
Registering entity REGISTRE SUISSE DES INGÉNIEURS, DES ARCHITECTES ET DES TECHNICIENS
Law regulating profession  
Additional notes The legislation vary among the 26 Swiss cantons. In some of these the profession is regulated by the local laws, in others not. Actually, 9 of 26 cantons dispose of a professional register compulsory for the profession.
 
ARCHITECT'S COMPETENCES
Description The professional activity of architects -besides designing buidlings- involves urban development, urban planning projects, construction, structures, installations and landscaping. In the cantons where the recording to the register is compulsory, the architect is the only person able to request a building permit.
 
MECHANISM CHECKING LICENSE TO PRACTISE
Description The authority of each canton in which the register is compulsory carries out this control.
 
ARCHITECT'S LIABILITY
Description  
Source  
 
INSURANCE
Compulsory No
Description Architects are free to choose any insurance company.
 
FEES
Does a fee scale exist? Yes
Compulsory No
Recommended Yes
Published by SOCIÉTÉ SUISSE DES INGÉNIEURS ET ARCHITECTES (SIA)
Additional notes  
 
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Compulsory No
Is it audited? No
Organising body/ies Professional organisations (CSA, (FAS, FSAI, SIA, REG); see below for the names) and schools of architecture
Description  
 
CODE OF ETHICS
Does it exist? Yes
Constituting body SOCIÉTÉ SUISSE DES INGÉNIEURS ET ARCHITECTES (SIA)
 
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
   
 
ADDITIONAL NOTES
 
 
PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL BODIES
Name of body Competences
CONFERENCE SUISSE DES ARCHITECTES (Swiss Conference of Architects) The CSA regroups other professional organisations: FAS, FSAI and SIA.
FEDERATION DES ARCHITECTES SUISSES (Federation of Swiss Architects, FAI)  
FEDERATION SUISSE DES ARCHITECTES INDEPENDANTS (Swiss Federation of Independent Architects, FSAI)  
SOCIETE SUISSE DES INGENIEURS ET DES ARCHITECTES (Swiss Society of Architects and Engineers, SIA) The SIA regroups architects and engineers with an universitary formation or equivalent, and publish all the norms and reglamentation in construction that makes jurisprudence.
REGISTRE SUISSE DES INGENIEURS, DES ARCHITECTES ET DES TECHNICIENS (Swiss Register of Engineers, Architects and Technicians) Register of Architects, Engineers and Technicians.
 
 
Foreign architects
Can a foreign architect practice independently? Yes
 
LAW/S REGULATING PRACTICE
Cantonal law on construction for the Cantons where the registering is compulsory.
 
REQUIREMENTS
Origin 1 In the Cantons where the registering is not compulsory, no requirements. In others, the recognition of the title by the Swiss Register of Architects, Engineers and Technicians is needed.
Origin 2  
Origin 3  
 
PROCEDURE
Apply for the recognition of the title and for registering at the Swiss Register in the Cantons where it is compulsory.
 
EXPENSES
Registration fees.
 
DOCUMENTATION
Origin 1  
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?  

ADDITIONAL NOTES
 

Useful addresses
BUND SCHWEIZER ARCHITEKTEN
Pfluggässlein 3
4001  Basel
Tel: 41-61-262 10 10
Fax: 41-61-262 10 09
URL: http://www.architekten-bsa.ch/
VERBAND FREIENWERBENDER SCHWEIZER ARCHITEKTEN
Rotfarbweg 2
8803  Rüschlikon
Tel: 41-44-772 83 03
Fax: 41-44-772 83 90
e-mail: wethli@wethli.com
URL: http://www.architecte-fsai.ch/index.html
SOCIETE SUISSE DES INGENIEURS ET DES ARCHITECTES
Selnaustrasse 16, Postfach
8039  Zürich
Tel: 41-1-283 15 15
Fax: 41-1-283 15 16
e-mail: contact@sia.ch
URL: http://www.sia.ch
REGISTRE SUISSE DES INGENIEURS DES ARCHITECTES ET DES TECHNICIENS
Weinbergstrasse 47
8006  Zürich
Tel: 41-1-252 32 22
Fax: 41-1-252 32 77
e-mail: info@schweiz-reg.ch
URL: http://www.schweiz-reg.ch
CONFÉRENCE SUISSE DES ARCHITECTES
CP 3009
2001  Neuchâtel
Tel: 41-32-729 82 88
Fax: 41-32-729 82 89
e-mail: csa-archi@vtx.ch
URL: www.csa-archi.ch
 

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