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COSTA RICA
Number of inhabitants 4,372,000
Number of architects 2,003
Index of architects per inhabitant 0.458‰
 
 

Admittance to the profession

EDUCATION

Establishing of education standards or recognition of study plans Yes
Regular supervision by an independent body No
Relevant authorities CONSEJO NACIONAL DE RECTORES (National Council of Rectors), CONSEJO NACIONAL DE EDUCACIÓN SUPERIOR PRIVADA (National Council of Private Superior Education), MINISTERIO DE EDUCACIÓN PÚBLICA (Ministry of Public Education)
Recognised educational centers SCHOOLS OF ARCHITECTURE of the UNIVERSIDAD DE COSTA RICA (Costa Rica University) and the INSTITUTO TECNOLÓGICO DE COSTA RICA (C.R. Technology Institute), and the following private UNIVERSITIES: VERITAS, DEL DISEÑO (Design), PANAMERICANA, CENTRAL, CREATIVA, DE LAS CIENCIAS Y EL ARTE DE C.R. (of Science and Arts of C.R.), and COLEGIO STUDIUM GENERALEM U.A.C.A.
Duration of studies At the state universities (UCR and ITCR) 5 years. At the private ones, it varies between 3 and 5 years
 
INTERNSHIP
Compulsory No
Is it structured and recorded? No
Duration  
 
EXAMINATION
Compulsory examination by an external authority to the education No
Examining body  
 
TITLE GRANTED
Academic title BACHILLER / MAESTRO EN ARQUITECTURA (Bachelor / Master in Architecture) Authority that grants the academic title Consejo Nacional de Rectores (National Council of Rectors), Consejo Nacional de Educación Superior Privada (National Council of Private Superior Education)
Job title ARQUITECTO LICENCIADO (Authorised Architect) Authoriry that grants the job title Colegio de Arquitectos de Costa Rica (Association of Architects of Costa Rica)
Additional notes  
 
Professional practice
Regulated profession Yes
Inscription in register compulsory Yes
Registering entity COLEGIO DE ARQUITECTOS DE COSTA RICA (Architects' Association of C.R.), COLEGIO FEDERADO DE INGENIEROS Y ARQUITECTOS DE C.R. (Federated Association of Architects and Engineers of C.R.)
Law regulating profession Act 3663 of January 10, 1956, modified by the Acts 4925/1971, 9361/1973 and 6975/1989
Additional notes  
 
ARCHITECT'S COMPETENCES
Description  
 
MECHANISM CHECKING LICENSE TO PRACTISE
Description Inscription in the professional responsibility register at the CFIA (Federated Association of Architects and Engineers of C.R.), whose seal and stamp are necessary requirement for obtaining the building permit.
 
ARCHITECT'S LIABILITY
Description Civil responsibility during 5 years as of the finalisation of works.
Source Consultancy contract
 
INSURANCE
Compulsory No
Description The only company that covers the civil responsibility insurance is the Instituto Nacional de Seguros (National Insurance Institute)
 
FEES
Does a fee scale exist? Yes
Compulsory Yes
Recommended No
Published by CFIA (Federated Association of Architects and Engineers of Costa Rica), Colegio de Arquitectos (Architects' Association of Costa Rica.)
Additional notes Most fees are based upon a percentage of the value of the project.
 
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Compulsory No
Is it audited? No
Organising body/ies CFIA (Federated Association of Architects and Engineers of Costa Rica.), Colegio de Arquitectos (Architects' Association of Costa Rica) and the Universities
Description  
 
CODE OF ETHICS
Does it exist? Yes
Constituting body CFIA (Federated Association of Architects and Engineers of C.R.)
 
OTHER PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED IN THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS
Are there others who may legally provide similar services to architects? Yes
Title Competences
CIVIL ENGINEER  
Other professionals in the provision of architectural services
Title Competences
OTHER ENGINEERS (Technology, Electric, Mechanic, Topography, Construction, etc.) Parts of project according to their speciality
 
ADDITIONAL NOTES
 
 
PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL BODIES
Name of body Competences
COLEGIO DE ARQUITECTOS DE COSTA RICA (Architects' Association of Costa Rica)  
COLEGIO FEDERADO DE INGENIEROS Y ARQUITECTOS DE COSTA RICA (Federated Asociation of Architects and Engineers of Costa Rica)  
 
 
Foreign architects
Can a foreign architect practice independently? No
 
LAW/S REGULATING PRACTICE
Organic Act of the CFIA (Federated Association of Architects and Engineers of C.R.)
 
REQUIREMENTS
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PROCEDURE
 
 
EXPENSES
 
 
DOCUMENTATION
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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 (51% local, 49% foreign).

ADDITIONAL NOTES
 

Useful addresses
COLEGIO DE ARQUITECTOS DE COSTA RICA
Apartado 2346-1000
  San José
Tel: 506-202 3974
Fax: 506-253 5415
e-mail: coarqui@cfia.or.cr
URL: http://www.colegiodearquitectoscostarica.com
 

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