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IRELAND
Number of inhabitants 4,040,000
Number of architects 2,500
Index of architects per inhabitant 0.618‰
 
 

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 ROYAL INSTITUTE OF THE ARCHITECTS OF IRELAND (RIAI)
Recognised educational centers NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY BOLTON STREET DUBLIN
Duration of studies 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 BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE NUI (B. Arch. NUI), DEGREE IN ARCHITECTURE (Dipl. Arch, B. Arch. Sc.) Authority that grants the academic title Universities
Job title   Authoriry that grants the job title  
Additional notes Examination in professional practice is needed for RIAI membership.
 
Professional practice
Regulated profession No
Inscription in register compulsory No
Registering entity  
Law regulating profession Proposed for introduction in 2003
Additional notes There is no registration of architects in respect of either title or function.
 
ARCHITECT'S COMPETENCES
Description The architect both designs the work and subsequently administrates the building contract, being responsible for fire safety design and compliance with building regulations. In the design, the architect is usually the lead consultant. On small projects, many architects provide cost estimating services as part of the normal service in the standard appointment. At the construction stage architects inspect the work/building regularly to insure that it corresponds with the design.
 
MECHANISM CHECKING LICENSE TO PRACTISE
Description None.
 
ARCHITECT'S LIABILITY
Description The architect is responsible for the design and may have also the liability for the inspection of the construction on work site, while the contractor takes responsibility for the performance of the construction. The duration varies in every project, depending on circumstances.
Source Contractual + duty of care.
 
INSURANCE
Compulsory No
Description Recommended by the professional organisation. In practice, the insurance is almost always contracted (not on the mutual basis, but provided by independent underwriters).
 
FEES
Does a fee scale exist? No
Compulsory No
Recommended No
Published by The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland
Additional notes Survey-based fee information is available from the RIAI.
 
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Compulsory No
Is it audited? No
Organising body/ies The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland
Description A moral obligation to engage in CPD is included in the code of conduct for RIAI members.
 
CODE OF ETHICS
Does it exist? Yes
Constituting body The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland
 
OTHER PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED IN THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS
Are there others who may legally provide similar services to architects? Yes
Title Competences
ANYBODY In the absence of regulation, any person may offer the architectural services.
Other professionals in the provision of architectural services
Title Competences
   
 
ADDITIONAL NOTES
The RIAI publishes a series of standard forms "Client/Architect Agreement" which are almost invariably used as a basis of appointment for its members.
 
PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL BODIES
Name of body Competences
ROYAL INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS OF IRELAND Advancement of architecture and the associated arts and sciences, promotion of professional conduct and practice, supervision of architectural training and education.
 
 
Foreign architects
Can a foreign architect practice independently? Yes
 
LAW/S REGULATING PRACTICE
None.
 
REQUIREMENTS
Origin 1 At present there are no requirements. After the introduction of Registration regulations in 2003 there will be provision for EU and Third Countries citizens to practice in Ireland.
Origin 2  
Origin 3  
 
PROCEDURE
 
 
EXPENSES
 
 
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
ROYAL INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS OF IRELAND
8 Merrion Square
  Dublin 2
Tel: 353-1-676 17 03
Fax: 353-1-661 09 48
e-mail: info@riai.ie
URL: www.riai.ie
 

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