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NIGERIA
Number of inhabitants 130,236,000
Number of architects 4,500
Index of architects per inhabitant 0.034‰
 
 

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
Recognised educational centers SCHOOLS OF ARCHITECTURE of the following UNIVERSITIES: AHMADU BELLO, NIGERIA, LAGOS, OBAFEMI AWOLOWO, JOS, RIVERS STATE, AMBROSE ALLI, ABIA STATE, FEDERAL UNIV. OF TECHNOLOGY in AKURE and YOLA, ABUBAKAR TAFAWA BALEWA, IMO STATE, LADOKE AKINTOLA and UYO
Duration of studies min. 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 Nigerian Institute of Architects, Architects Registration Council of Nigeria
 
TITLE GRANTED
Academic title BACHELOR Sc., MASTER Sc., Bachelor of Technology, Master of Technology Authority that grants the academic title Ministry of Education
Job title ARCHITECT Authoriry that grants the job title Nigerian Institute of Architects, Architects Registration Council of Nigeria
Additional notes  
 
Professional practice
Regulated profession Yes
Inscription in register compulsory Yes
Registering entity ARCHITECTS REGISTRATION COUNCIL OF NIGERIA
Law regulating profession The Architects Decree no. 10 of 1969 Caps 20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria
Additional notes  
 
ARCHITECT'S COMPETENCES
Description DDesigning, erecting, commissionning, maintenance and management of buildings and co-ordinating the input of allied professional to buildings or parts, thereof: the layout and masterplan of such buildings or groups or buildings. Urban planning.
 
MECHANISM CHECKING LICENSE TO PRACTISE
Description All buildings to be built must obtain a building permit. The architectural drawings to be submitted for applying for building permit must be signed by a registered architect and authenticised by his seal.
 
ARCHITECT'S LIABILITY
Description Variable
Source There is no specific regulation, it depends on the contract. In the case of dispute on liability, the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) and the Nigerian Institute of Architects are called to arbitrate.
 
INSURANCE
Compulsory No
Description There are different insurance companies.
 
FEES
Does a fee scale exist? Yes
Compulsory No
Recommended Yes
Published by Federal Government Ministry of Works & Housing
Additional notes  
 
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Compulsory No
Is it audited? Yes
Organising body/ies Nigerian Institute of Architects
Description  
 
CODE OF ETHICS
Does it exist? Yes
Constituting body Nigerian Institute of Architects
 
OTHER PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED IN THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS
Are there others who may legally provide similar services to architects? Yes
Title Competences
CIVIL ENGINEER Projects of civil engineering
Other professionals in the provision of architectural services
Title Competences
QUANTITY SURVEYOR Cost analysis, cost control, cost valuation
OTHER ENGINEERS (Electrical, Mechanical, Structural, etc.) Parts of project according to their speciality
 
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PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL BODIES
Name of body Competences
ARCHITECTS REGISTRATION COUNCIL OF NIGERIA Registration of architects, control of the profession, licensing
NIGERIAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS Professional code of ethics, technical consultation, professional practice, publications, professional competence examinations for the registration, accreditation of the schools of architecture, continuing professional education, benevolent fund.
 
 
Foreign architects
Can a foreign architect practice independently? No
 
LAW/S REGULATING PRACTICE
The Architects Decree no. 10 of 1969 Caps 20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria
 
REQUIREMENTS
Origin 1 (all origins) Based on reciprocity with the country of origin: the architects must be registered in their own country and be residents in Nigeria for not less than 5 years.
Origin 2  
Origin 3  
 
PROCEDURE
Registration in accordance with Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) requirements
 
EXPENSES
Registration expenses
 
DOCUMENTATION
Origin 1 Acceptable qualification in Architecture, residence permit, evidence of reciprocity.
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? Joint venture with a registered national architect.

ADDITIONAL NOTES
 

Useful addresses
NIGERIAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS
2 Island Club Road, Onikan
P.O.Box 178  Lagos
Tel: 234-1-470 6003, 234-803-304 7217
Fax: 234-1-263 7843
e-mail: niarc@beta_linkserve.com
URL: www.architectsnigeria.org
ARCHITECTS REGISTRATION COUNCIL OF NIGERIA
House 1a & 1b, Dolphin Scheme, behind Federal Secretariat Phase II
  Ikoyi
Lagos
Tel: 234-1-269 1735, 269 1476
Fax: 234-1-269 1476

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