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ARGENTINA
Number of inhabitants 39,311,000
Number of architects 42,000
Index of architects per inhabitant 1.068‰
 
 

Admittance to the profession

EDUCATION

Establishing of education standards or recognition of study plans Yes
Regular supervision by an independent body No
Relevant authorities UNIVERSIDAD DE BUENOS AIRES (University of Buenos Aires)
Recognised educational centers FACULTADES DE ARQUITECTURA (Architecture Faculties) of the following public universities: UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL (National University) DE BUENOS AIRES, CÓRDOBA, LA PLATA, LITORAL, NORDESTE, ROSARIO, SAN JUAN, MENDOZA, CONCEPCIÓN DEL URUGUAY and TUCUMAN; FACULTADES DE ARQUITECTURA of the following private universities: UNIVERSIDAD DE BELGRANO, MORÓN, PALERMO, J.F.KENNEDY, CATÓLICA DE CÓRDOBA, CATÓLICA DE LA PLATA, CATÓLICA DE SALTA and CATÓLICA DE SANTA FE.
Duration of studies 6 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 ARQUITECTO (Architect) Authority that grants the academic title Public or private universities recognised by the Ministry of Culture and Education
Job title ARQUITECTO (Architect) Authoriry that grants the job title  
Additional notes The academic title is a qualification in itself, so the right to practise is automatically a job title as well.
 
Professional practice
Regulated profession Yes
Inscription in register compulsory Yes
Registering entity CONSEJO PROFESIONAL DE ARQUITECTURA Y URBANISMO (Professional Council of Architecture and Urban Planning), COLEGIOS DE ARQUITECTOS (Architects' Associations)
Law regulating profession Decree- Act 6070/58, ratified by Act 14.467
Additional notes  
 
ARCHITECT'S COMPETENCES
Description As established by Resolution 133/87 of the Argentine Ministry of Culture and Education: the design, planning, direction and construction of spaces intended for human habitation. In addition to the construction of buildings, the architect¿s competences include the calculation of structures, installations, technical control of components and materials, landscaping, urban design, regional and territorial planning, consultancy, participation in the drafting of legal standards relating to the planning of spaces which constitute the human habitat, appraisal, arbitration and specialist reports.
 
MECHANISM CHECKING LICENSE TO PRACTISE
Description When documentation is presented to the municipal authorities, the registration body issues a certificate to show that the person concerned is legally qualified to exercise the profession.
 
ARCHITECT'S LIABILITY
Description The architect's liability as regards the project and the building work is civil, professional and penal. Warranty period: 10 years as of the finalisation of the works.
Source Civil Code
 
INSURANCE
Compulsory No
Description  
 
FEES
Does a fee scale exist? Yes
Compulsory No
Recommended Yes
Published by  
Additional notes There is a scale of fees, approved by national law.
 
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Compulsory No
Is it audited? No
Organising body/ies  
Description  
 
CODE OF ETHICS
Does it exist? Yes
Constituting body Consejo Profesional de Arquitectura y Urbanismo (Professional Council of Architecture and Urban Planning)
 
OTHER PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED IN THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS
Are there others who may legally provide similar services to architects? Yes
Title Competences
INGENIERO CIVIL (Civil Engineer) Study, feasibility and planning of buildings and structures, seismic previsions; direction, inspection, construction and maintenance of buildings, with all the complementary tasks this involves; studies, consultancy, arbitration, appraisal and specialist reports.
INGENIERO INDUSTRIAL (Industrial engineer) Participates in projects of industrial buildings.
Other professionals in the provision of architectural services
Title Competences
INGENIERO (MECÁNICO, ELECTRICISTA, etc.) (Mechanical, electrical, etc. Engineer) Participation in the project according to specialisation.
 
ADDITIONAL NOTES
 
 
PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL BODIES
Name of body Competences
CONSEJO PROFESIONAL DE ARQUITECTURA Y URBANISMO (Professional Council of Architecture and Urban Planning) Qualification for exercise, disciplinary control and professional code, professional practice; services, library, publications, grants, courses.
SOCIEDAD CENTRAL DE ARQUITECTOS (Central Architects' Society) Defence of the profession, legal and work-related aspects
FEDERACIÓN ARGENTINA DE ENTIDADES DE ARQUITECTOS (Argentine Federation of Architecture Bodies) Promotion of activity and links with the artistic, scientific, cultural, professional and social fields of the memebers of all Argentine professional architects' associations, representing members in relations with similar bodies in other countries. FADEA includes the COLEGIOS DE ARQUITECTOS (Architects' Associations) of all Argentine provinces.
ASOCIACIÓN MUTUAL DE LA SOCIEDAD CENTRAL DE ARQUITECTOS (Mutual Benefit Association of the Central Architects' Society) Various services: health, organisation of trips, courses
 
 
Foreign architects
Can a foreign architect practice independently? Yes
 
LAW/S REGULATING PRACTICE
Decree-Law 6070/58, ratified by Act 14.467. Resolution 10/98 of the CPAU
 
REQUIREMENTS
Origin 1 (all) In the case of professional establishment in Argentina: a recognised architecture qualification and registration with the professional association corresponding to the jurisdiction where the profession is to be practised.
Origin 2  
Origin 3  
 
PROCEDURE
To work freelance, foreign architects must have their qualifications validated by the national university, and register with the CPAU or their local professional association.
 
EXPENSES
Registration with the professional association: $15 registration, $140 annual fee.
 
DOCUMENTATION
Origin 1 (all) Validated architecture qualification, ID, 2 4x4-cm photographs.
Origin 2  
Origin 3  

If foreign architects are authorised to work independently, what type of collaboration with national architects is recommended? Collaboration with an architect duly qualified for professional exercise in Argentina, who will be responsible for the project. Works direction cannot be carried out by professionals without a licence to practise.
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
CONSEJO PROFESIONAL DE ARQUITECTURA Y URBANISMO
Uruguay 840
C1015ABR  Buenos Aires
Tel: 54-11-4811 1068
Fax: 54-11-4812 6573
e-mail: tecnica@cpau.org
URL: http://www.cpau.org
ASOCIACIÓN MUTUAL DE LA SOCIEDAD CENTRAL DE ARQUITECTOS
Paraguay 1385
C1057AAU  Buenos Aires
Tel: 54-11-4812 48722
e-mail: infoamsca@amsca.com.ar
URL: http://www.amsca.com.ar
FEDERACIÓN ARGENTINA DE ENTIDADES DE ARQUITECTOS
Calle 53 nº 320
1900  La Plata
Tel: 54-221-4218032/4
Fax: 54-221-4218032/4
e-mail: info@fadea.org.ar
URL: http://www.fadea.org.ar
SOCIEDAD CENTRAL DE ARQUITECTOS
Montevideo 938
C1019ABT  Buenos Aires
Tel: 54-11-4813 2375, 4812 3644, 4812 3986, 4812 5856
Fax: 54-11-4813 6629
e-mail: info@socearq.org
URL: http://www.socearq.org

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