A new register for architects was launched today in a bid to regulate the sector by ensuring that only architects whose qualifications meet set standards are listed.
“Up until now Ireland was almost unique in the absence of registration of the title ‘Architect’,” said Sean O’Laoire, President of The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI).
“Today is the culmination of a long and hard-fought battle to have professional standards set and so protect the public.”
Established under the Building Control Act 2007, the register lists architects whose qualifications meet the standards set out in the Act. Since the commencement of the Act, only architects who are on the register may use the title ‘architect’.
The RIAI is the official registration body and competent authority for architects in Ireland and has urged consumers to protect themselves by checking that their architect is registered by logging onto the new online service at www.riai.ie and checking the register.