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CHILE
Number of inhabitants 15,211,000
Number of architects 9,000
Index of architects per inhabitant 0.591‰
 
 

Admittance to the profession

EDUCATION

Establishing of education standards or recognition of study plans Yes
Regular supervision by an independent body No
Relevant authorities DIVISIÓN DE EDUCACIÓN SUPERIOR (Superior Education Department) of the MINISTERIO DE EDUCACIÓN (Ministry of Education). UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE (Chile University) for recognition.
Recognised educational centers FACULTADES DE ARQUITECTURA (Faculties of Architecture) at 28 UNIVERSITIES
Duration of studies 5-6 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 ARQUITECTO (Architect) Authority that grants the academic title Universities
Job title ARQUITECTO (Architect) Authoriry that grants the job title Universities
Additional notes In some Universities, academic certificate "Licenciado en Arquitectura" is issued, previous to the professional degree.
 
Professional practice
Regulated profession Yes
Inscription in register compulsory No
Registering entity COLEGIO DE ARQUITECTOS DE CHILE (Architects Association of Chile)
Law regulating profession General Law on Urban Planning and Constructions, General Ordinance on Urban Planning and Construction, Art. 12 of the Act 7211 on the professions
Additional notes  
 
ARCHITECT'S COMPETENCES
Description Design of buildings and structures, drafting of technical documentation related to the designs, supervision and coordination of the construction, urban planning and development, local regional and national planning, landscape design, interior design, appraisal services, consulting and technical expertise, monumental projects and restauration of the architectural heritage.
 
MECHANISM CHECKING LICENSE TO PRACTISE
Description The municipal authorities (where the architects resides) issue a license that is to be renewed every 6 months by paying the fees of the right to practice.
 
ARCHITECT'S LIABILITY
Description 5 years
Source General Law and Ordinance on Urban Planning and Construction
 
INSURANCE
Compulsory No
Description  
 
FEES
Does a fee scale exist? Yes
Compulsory No
Recommended Yes
Published by Colegio de Arquitectos de Chile (Architects Association of Chile)
Additional notes  
 
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Compulsory No
Is it audited? No
Organising body/ies Universities and other Superior Education bodies
Description Post-graduate courses, specialisation courses.
 
CODE OF ETHICS
Does it exist? Yes
Constituting body Colegio de Arquitectos de Chile (Architects Association of Chile)
 
OTHER PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED IN THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS
Are there others who may legally provide similar services to architects? Yes
Title Competences
INGENIERO CIVIL (Civil Engineer) Structure calculation, Technical Supervision, Construction.
CONSTRUCTOR CIVIL (Civil Constructor) Construction and technical supervison.
Other professionals in the provision of architectural services
Title Competences
INGENIERO - SANITARIO, ELECTRICO, EN EJECUCIÓN (Engineer - Sanitary, Electrical, Executive) Projects of installations, special technical parts of a project, elevators, gas, etc., according to their speciality.
 
ADDITIONAL NOTES
In providing architectural services, only architects have exclusive competencies in their profession.
 
PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL BODIES
Name of body Competences
COLEGIO DE ARQUITECTOS DE CHILE (Architects Association of Chile) Promoting the development, protection, progress and prestige of the architectural profession, taking care for its correct exercise, as well as fostering professional development, welfare and privileges of its members.
ASOCIACIÓN DE OFICINAS DE ARQUITECTOS (Association of Architectural Practices) Defenses the interests of its members
ASOCIACIÓN DE ARQUITECTOS TASADORES DE CHILE (Association of Architects-Appraisers of Chile) Defenses the interests of its members
 
 
Foreign architects
Can a foreign architect practice independently? Yes
 
LAW/S REGULATING PRACTICE
 
 
REQUIREMENTS
Origin 1 (countries with conventions on mutual recognition with Chile: Ecuador, Colombia, Uruguay, Brasil, Spain, Bolivia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Perú, Dominican Republic). Recognition of the diploma at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Origin 2 (other countries) Diploma in architecture to be submitted for recognition to the University of Chile, along with the plan of studies of the educational center of origin. The University will evaluate the academic record and determine which additional courses should the candidate realise.
Origin 3  
 
PROCEDURE
Recognition of the diploma at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (origin 1) or at the University of Chile (origin 2)
 
EXPENSES
Sworn translation of documents. Rights, notarial expenses and taxes.
 
DOCUMENTATION
Origin 1 (countries with recognition conventions with Chile) Legalised diploma in architecture (by the authorities from the country of origin, and by the Chilean Consul in that country), Certificate that lists the subjects with the obtained marks, Identity piece or a copy of passport with the register of entrance in Chile.
Origin 2 (other origins) Diploma in architecture, academic record.
Origin 3  

If foreign architects are authorised to work independently, what type of collaboration with national architects is recommended? Joint venture with a local architect.
In the event that foreign architects are not authorised to work independently, what is the stipulated formula of collaboration with national architects? Integration in the local architectural practices.

ADDITIONAL NOTES
 

Useful addresses
MINISTERIO DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES
Catedral 1158
  Santiago de Chile
Tel: 56-2-679 4200
COLEGIO DE ARQUITECTOS DE CHILE
Alameda B. O'Higgins 115
  Santiago de Chile
Tel: 56-2-639 8744
Fax: 56-2-632 0830
e-mail: secretari@coarq.com
URL: http://www.colegioarquitectos.com
UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE
Diagonal Paraguay 265 Of. 304
  Santiago de Chile
Tel: 56-2-678 2215
Fax: 56-2-678 2209
e-mail: mmaranda@uchile.cl
URL: http://www.uchile.cl
 

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