Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (221)

James Bannon

Question:

224 Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his plans to amend the registration arrangement currently provided for in the Building Control Act 2997 in respect of the grandfather clause relating to practically trained persons providing architectural services here; if he is prepared to allow the Architects’ Alliance of Ireland the opportunity to address this issues; the way this may be done; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35560/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government)

I have no plans to amend the Building Control Act 2007 along the lines suggested. To date 31 practically trained persons have been deemed eligible for inclusion on the register of architects. Of these, 6 underwent the technical assessment process and 25 underwent the register admission examination.

My Department has received extensive correspondence from practically trained architects in recent years and has responded in considerable detail to the various positions put forward. While I and my Department will be happy to consider any further concerns that members of the Architect's Alliance of Ireland may wish to raise in relation to this matter, I would equally encourage members of the Alliance to pursue the routes to registration which are currently open to them with a view to joining the small but growing number of practically trained architects already on the register.