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HONG KONG
Number of inhabitants 7,182,000
Number of architects 2,411
Index of architects per inhabitant 0.335‰
 
 

Admittance to the profession

EDUCATION

Establishing of education standards or recognition of study plans Yes
Regular supervision by an independent body Yes
Relevant authorities THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS
Recognised educational centers THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
Duration of studies 5 years
 
INTERNSHIP
Compulsory Yes
Is it structured and recorded? Yes
Duration 2 years
 
EXAMINATION
Compulsory examination by an external authority to the education Yes
Examining body Universities accredited by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Architects Registration Board and CAA
 
TITLE GRANTED
Academic title B. ARCH. / MAG. ARCH. Authority that grants the academic title Universities
Job title REGISTERED ARCHITECT Authoriry that grants the job title Architects Registration Board
Additional notes  
 
Professional practice
Regulated profession Yes
Inscription in register compulsory Yes
Registering entity ARCHITECTS REGISTRATION BOARD
Law regulating profession Architects Registration Ordenance / Building Ordenance
Additional notes The Architects Ordenance only protects the title. The Building Ordenance controls plan submission and co-ordination of building works and confers title of authorised person (architect, structural engineer or quantity surveyor).
 
ARCHITECT'S COMPETENCES
Description Design (architectural, urban, interior, limited structural), Co-ordination of building works, Supervision of the site.
 
MECHANISM CHECKING LICENSE TO PRACTISE
Description All building works must be carried out by an Authorised Person (mostly Architects). The Government (Buildings Department) conceeds this authorisation to architects, structural engineers or quantity surveyors.
 
ARCHITECT'S LIABILITY
Description Professionally unlimited (Civil) criminal offence as Authorised Person (Fine & Jail terms).
Source Building Ordenance.
 
INSURANCE
Compulsory No
Description Certain companies take on professional liability insurance on their own.
 
FEES
Does a fee scale exist? Yes
Compulsory Yes
Recommended No
Published by Hong Kong Institute of Architects
Additional notes Mandatory minimum fee binding only HKIA members.
 
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Compulsory No
Is it audited? No
Organising body/ies Hong Kong Institute of Architects
Description 35 hours per year.
 
CODE OF ETHICS
Does it exist? Yes
Constituting body Hong Kong Institute of Architects / Architectural Registration Board
 
OTHER PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED IN THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS
Are there others who may legally provide similar services to architects? Yes
Title Competences
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Same as those of an architect if they are Authorised Person.
QUANTITY SURVEYOR Same as those of an architect if they are Authorised Person.
Other professionals in the provision of architectural services
Title Competences
   
 
ADDITIONAL NOTES
 
 
PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL BODIES
Name of body Competences
The HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS Promotion of architecture, architectural profession and its advancement. Care for the quality of architecture and of the professional services of architects. Representing the profession and Hong Kong architects on the national and international level. Advisory role to the Government and to the building industry. Awards and scholarships, professional examinations.
ARCHITECTS REGISTRATION BOARD Register.
BUILDINGS DEPARTMENT (Governmental body) Authorises an architect or other professional to exercise as an "Authorised Person".
 
 
Foreign architects
Can a foreign architect practice independently? Yes
 
LAW/S REGULATING PRACTICE
Architects Registration Ordinance / Building Ordinance
 
REQUIREMENTS
Origin 1 (all origins) Diploma in architecture, examination and/or a professional interview
Origin 2  
Origin 3  
 
PROCEDURE
Submit the application to the Government for registering as "Authorised Person".
 
EXPENSES
US$167 for architects registration, US$218 for professional membership.
 
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
Architects Registration Ordinance protects the use of title "Registered Architect". Professionals proffering architectural services, either local or foreign, are required to adjust to the provisions of the Architects Registration Ordinance, Building Ordinance and other legal requirements.

Useful addresses
THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS
19/f, One Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay
  Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2511 6323
Fax: 852-2519 6011
e-mail: hkiasec@hkia.org.hk
URL: http://www.hkia.net
ARCHITECTS REGISTRATION BOARD
19/F, One Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay
  Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2511 5794
Fax: 852-2519 6011
e-mail: arbsec@arb.org.hk
URL: http://www.arb.org.hk
BUILDINGS DEPARTMENT
12/F-18/F Pioneer Centre, 750 Nathan Road, Kowloon
  Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2626 1616
Fax: 852-2840 0451
e-mail: enquiry@bd.gov.hk
URL: http://www.bd.gov.hk
 

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