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LUXEMBOURG
Number of inhabitants 437,000
Number of architects 600
Index of architects per inhabitant 1.372‰
 
 

Admittance to the profession

EDUCATION

Establishing of education standards or recognition of study plans No
Regular supervision by an independent body No
Relevant authorities  
Recognised educational centers There are no architecture schools in Luxemburg. The Act on Professional Establishment (28/12/88) determines that the education received in a foreign country will be recognised if it is longer than 4 years.
Duration of studies min. 4 years
 
INTERNSHIP
Compulsory Yes
Is it structured and recorded? No
Duration 12 months with an established architect.
 
EXAMINATION
Compulsory examination by an external authority to the education No
Examining body  
 
TITLE GRANTED
Academic title   Authority that grants the academic title  
Job title ARCHITECTE (Architect) Authoriry that grants the job title Ordre des Architectes et des Ingenieurs-Conseils (Order of Architects and Consulting Engineers)
Additional notes  
 
Professional practice
Regulated profession Yes
Inscription in register compulsory Yes
Registering entity ORDRE DES ARCHITECTES ET DES INGENIEURS-CONSEILS (Order of Architects and Consulting Engineers)
Law regulating profession Act of 13/12/1989 on Professions of an Architect and Consulting Engineer. Act of 28/12/1988 on Professional Establishment.
Additional notes  
 
ARCHITECT'S COMPETENCES
Description Design of buildings and structures, feasibility studies, drafting of technical documentation, cost control. Project management, co-ordination and supervision of the site. Urban and territorial plannig. Design of interiors, furnishings, fittings and objects. Consulting and technical expertise. Works of art.
 
MECHANISM CHECKING LICENSE TO PRACTISE
Description OAI issues a certificate to go with the project when applying for the building permit.
 
ARCHITECT'S LIABILITY
Description 10 years as of the hand-over. 2 years for buildings of lesser importance.
Source Civil code, articles 1792 and 2270.
 
INSURANCE
Compulsory Yes
Description Compulsory by the Art. 6 of the Act of 13/12/1989. POAI (professional) i PMA (private).
 
FEES
Does a fee scale exist? Yes
Compulsory Yes
Recommended No
Published by The Ministry of Housing and Town Planning and the Ordre des Architectes et des Ingenieurs-Conseils
Additional notes The fee scales are compulsory in the public procurement sector. In the private sector, they are orientative.
 
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Compulsory No
Is it audited? No
Organising body/ies Ordre des Architectes et des Ingenieurs-Conseils
Description  
 
CODE OF ETHICS
Does it exist? Yes
Constituting body Ordre des Architectes et des Ingenieurs-Conseils
 
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
INGENIEUR DE CONSTRUCTION (Construction engineer) Conception of a work of construction of a technical character, elaboration of plans relatives to the work, and synthesis of different activities related to the work in question.
 
ADDITIONAL NOTES
 
 
PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL BODIES
Name of body Competences
ORDRE DES ARCHITECTES ET DES INGENIEURS-CONSEILS (Order of Architects and Consulting Engineers) The OAI's mission is to guarantee the application of the rights and duties specifically linked to public interests covered by the architects' and consulting engineers' profession. It is compulsory for exercising the profession independently in Luxembourg.
 
 
Foreign architects
Can a foreign architect practice independently? Yes
 
LAW/S REGULATING PRACTICE
Act of 13/12/1989 and Act of 28/12/1988.
 
REQUIREMENTS
Origin 1 Recognised architectural qualification, clean disciplinary record, insurance policy.
Origin 2 (EU citizens - providing services) Recognised architectural qualification [EU Directive 85/384/CE], legal practice in the country of origin, clean disciplinary record, insurance policy.
Origin 3  
 
PROCEDURE
Application for the recognition of the diploma at the Ministry of Culture and Higher Education, application for the right of establishment at the Ministry of Middle Classes, application in written form for the membership in the OAL (Ordre des Architectes et des Ingenieurs-Conseils). Registration for VAT in Luxemburg.
 
EXPENSES
Sworn translation of documents, inscription in register (50 if the documents are in German or French, 125 if in English).
 
DOCUMENTATION
Origin 1 Recognition of the Diploma by the Ministry of Culture and Higher Education, Establishment licence by the Ministry for the Middle Classes (for which it will be necessary to demostrate 12 months of practical experience), documents that certify the above stated requirements.
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
ORDRE DES ARCHITECTES ET INGENIEURS - CONSEILS
8, rue Jean Engling
1466  Luxembourg
Tel: 352-42 24 06
Fax: 35-2-42 24 07
e-mail: oai@pt.lu
MINISTERE DES CLASSES MOYENNES
6, avenue Emile Reuter
2420  Luxembourg
Tel: 352 478 47 15
Fax: 352-478 47 40
ORDRE DES ARCHITECTES ET INGENIEURS - CONSEILS
8, rue Jean Engling
1466  Luxembourg
Tel: 352-42 24 06
Fax: 352-42 24 07
e-mail: oai@pt.lu
URL: www.oai.lu
MINISTERE DE L'EDUCATION
29, rue Aldringen
1118  Luxembourg
Tel: 352-478 51 34
Fax: 352-478 51 30

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