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LATVIA
Number of inhabitants 2,421,000
Number of architects 1,300
Index of architects per inhabitant 0.536‰
 
 

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 AND SCIENCE
Recognised educational centers FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE at the RIGA TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Duration of studies 3.5 years Bachelor studies + 2 years architect studies + 1.5 years master studies
 
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 ARCHITECT, MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE Authority that grants the academic title RIGA TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Job title ARCHITECT Authoriry that grants the job title  
Additional notes  
 
Professional practice
Regulated profession Yes
Inscription in register compulsory Yes
Registering entity Certification Board of the LATVIA ASSOCIATION OF ARCHITECTS
Law regulating profession Building Act of 10 August 1995, General Building Regulations of 1 April 1997, Certification regulations of architectural practice
Additional notes  
 
ARCHITECT'S COMPETENCES
Description Design of buildings, urban planning, landsape, interiors, furnishings; drafting of technical documentation, supervision of the construction, taking part in the launching commission, consulting and technical expertise.
 
MECHANISM CHECKING LICENSE TO PRACTISE
Description Obtaining approvals for the project at the Construction Department. Furthermore, local authorities check the certificate, which has to be renewed annually.
 
ARCHITECT'S LIABILITY
Description  
Source  
 
INSURANCE
Compulsory No
Description The insurance system is not in the force yet, but there are some insurance provisions for some foreign investent projects.
 
FEES
Does a fee scale exist? Yes
Compulsory No
Recommended Yes
Published by The LATVIA ASSOCIATION OF ARCHITECTS
Additional notes The recommended scales are based on the building type, complexity degree and construction expenses. The fees are expressed as a percentage of the latter.
 
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Compulsory No
Is it audited? No
Organising body/ies The LATVIAN UNION OF ARCHITECTS
Description The Latvian Union of Architects organise courses and seminars.
 
CODE OF ETHICS
Does it exist? Yes
Constituting body The LATVIAN UNION OF ARCHITECTS
 
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
CIVIL ENGINEER  
 
ADDITIONAL NOTES
 
 
PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL BODIES
Name of body Competences
   
 
 
Foreign architects
Can a foreign architect practice independently? Yes
 
LAW/S REGULATING PRACTICE
Building Act of 10 August 1995, General Building Regulations of 1 April 1997, Certification regulations of architectural practice
 
REQUIREMENTS
Origin 1 Diploma in Architecture as defined in the EU Directive 85/384/CE, 3 years of professional experience in Latvia.
Origin 2  
Origin 3  
 
PROCEDURE
Apply for architect's certificate at the Certification Board of the Latvian Union of Architects
 
EXPENSES
Certification fee
 
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? If a foreign architect has no certificate to work independently, he/she has to establish a joint venture with a latvian architect.

ADDITIONAL NOTES
 

Useful addresses
LATVIJAS ARHITEKTU SAVIENIBA
Torna iela 11/15
1050  Riga
Tel: 371-721 2802, 722 6701
Fax: 371-722 3902
e-mail: latarch@latnet.lv
URL: www.architektura.lv
BUILDING DEPARTMENT
Brivibas iela 55
1010  Riga
Tel: 371-701 3193
Fax: 371-728 0882
e-mail: pasts@em.gov.lv

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