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BULGARIA
Number of inhabitants 7,949,000
Number of architects 4,178
Index of architects per inhabitant 0.525‰
 
 

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, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGIES
Recognised educational centers UNIVERSITY OF ARCHITECTURE, CIVIL ENGINEERING AND GEODESY in SOFIA
Duration of studies 5 years and 6 months
 
INTERNSHIP
Compulsory Yes
Is it structured and recorded? Yes
Duration 2 months
 
EXAMINATION
Compulsory examination by an external authority to the education Yes
Examining body University professors, representatives of the Union of Architects of Bulgaria, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works and Ministry of Culture; Municipal architects and practicing architects invited.
 
TITLE GRANTED
Academic title ARCHITECT Authority that grants the academic title The University and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
Job title ARCHITECT Authoriry that grants the job title  
Additional notes  
 
Professional practice
Regulated profession Yes
Inscription in register compulsory Yes
Registering entity  
Law regulating profession Regulation of the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works for the technical eligibility for design and construction, published in the "State Gazette" no. 65/1987, and ammended in nos. 2/1995 and 66/1995
Additional notes  
 
ARCHITECT'S COMPETENCES
Description Design of buildings, drafting of technical documentation related and supervision of their execution; town planning, regional planning, landscape architecture, feasibility studies, interior design, art design, control of projects, technical management.
 
MECHANISM CHECKING LICENSE TO PRACTISE
Description The Direction for Control in the Design and Construction issues a licence for the control of architectural projects and supervision (to professionals that have at least 6 years of professional experience), and it is the only license needed and controlled.
 
ARCHITECT'S LIABILITY
Description The liability range is defined by the court.
Source  
 
INSURANCE
Compulsory No
Description  
 
FEES
Does a fee scale exist? Yes
Compulsory No
Recommended Yes
Published by The Union of Architects of Bulgaria
Additional notes  
 
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Compulsory No
Is it audited? No
Organising body/ies The Union of Architects of Bulgaria
Description The UAB organises seminars, conferences, and courses which are not compulsory
 
CODE OF ETHICS
Does it exist? Yes
Constituting body The Union of Architects of Bulgaria
 
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
ENGINEERS (Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Landscape Eng., Technology, Communications etc.) Parts of project according to their speciality.
 
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PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL BODIES
Name of body Competences
UNION OF ARCHITECTS OF BULGARIA  
CHAMBER OF ARCHITECTS OF BULGARIA  
 
 
Foreign architects
Can a foreign architect practice independently? No
 
LAW/S REGULATING PRACTICE
Regulation of the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works for the technical eligibility for design and construction, published in the "State Gazette" no. 65/1987, and ammended in nos. 2/1995 and 66/1995
 
REQUIREMENTS
Origin 1 (all origins) Diploma in architecture through a program and duration of studies similar to those in Bulgaria. Recognition of technical elegibility by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technologies in coordination with the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works.
Origin 2  
Origin 3  
 
PROCEDURE
Application to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology or to the Union of Architects of Bulgaria. The UAB as an UIA member will help the foreign colleagues through the procedure.
 
EXPENSES
 
 
DOCUMENTATION
Origin 1 (all origins) Legalised copy of the diploma, a copy of the accademic program realised during the studies including the duration
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, in a 50%-50% ratio, and within the frames of the professional ethics.

ADDITIONAL NOTES
 

Useful addresses
SAJUZ NA ARHITEKTITE V BALGARIJA
Ul. Krakra 11
1504  Sofia
Tel: 359-2-44 26 73, 46 54 68, 46 70 82
Fax: 359-2-946 08 00
e-mail: sab@bgnet.bg
URL: http://www.bulgarianarchitects.org
 

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