FIFTY-ONE new architects have been inducted into the Standing Register of the Architects Registration Council (ARC) of Ghana, after undertaking the council’s Professional Practice Examination (PPE).
At the 15th induction ceremony held at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in Accra, the Council, the professional examination was in fulfilment of its mandate to secure in the public interest, the highest standards in architectural practice.
A major event on the ARC’s calendar, the induction ceremony bridges the academic and professional life of every architect.
It climaxes six years of academic qualification at the university, a minimum of two years coaching and apprenticeship under a qualified senior architect, six weeks of intensive seminars and tutorials, and the passing of a two-day Professional Practice Examination by the Council to gain state licensing.
Eighty-five candidates registered for this year’s PPE, but eighty-three took the examination, out of which 51 passed.
Mr. Joy Ofori Konadu was adjudged the overall best candidate.
In her welcome address, the Registrar of ARC, Stella N.D. Arthiabah, said as regulators and tutors, the ARC not only equipped architects with the tools and principles of architectural practice, but also instilled in them character, integrity, competence and a sense of service to mankind as the tenets of the code of conduct for architectural practitioners in Ghana.
Mrs. Arthiabah observed that public interest in good architectural design had increased in recent times, giving a positive sign and an inspiration to the ARC to continue to raise professionals of enviable status who would offer cutting-edge architectural services to the country.
On his part, the President of the Ghana Institute of Architects, Joseph Hayford, urged the new members to be mindful of their new status and uphold the highest standard in their work.
“The Ghana Institute of Architects can only exist as a summation of the ethical and professional excellence of each of its members, each member being an essential building block for the entire body,” he said.
In his address, the Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Dr. Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, stressed the need for skilled human resources and professionalism due to the country’s rapid urbanisation in particular, and socio-economic development in general.
He raised the concern of cities rapidly developing in a haphazard manner, and the needless loss of lives due to the collapse of buildings, and expressed the view that such disaster might have occurred because the builder failed to use an architect.
“This, raises fundamental issues about architectural practice in the country and require answers from architects,” he said.