Engage local professionals in building, infrastructural matters – Registrar, ARC

 Dignitaries pose with the new Architects

Dignitaries pose with the new Architects

The government and the private sector have been called upon to engage local professionals in building and infrastructural matters as well as in industry-related policy development and implementation programs.

Registrar of the ARC, Arc Mrs. Stella N.D. Arthiabah who made the call said as the industry kept getting complex with technological innovations, there was therefore the need to require such expert support to address them.

She was speaking at the 18th Induction Ceremony in Accra to swear in 60 new Architects onto the standing Register of the Council after undertaking the Council’s Professional Practice Examination (PPE).

It climaxes six years of academic qualification at the university, a minimum of two years of post-qualification coaching and apprenticeship under a qualified senior architect, structured seminars and tutorials and finally professional examination, with a minimum pass mark of 60 per cent to gain state licensing.

Ms. Cyndelle Araba Kwabi was adjudged the overall best candidate with Dexter Tsatsu Dziekpor and Emefa Ahiable occupying the second and third positions respectively.

Arc. Mrs. Arthiabah who swore in the new Architects expressed satisfaction about the Council’s mandate of regulating the architecture profession over the years.

She was particularly confident that sustaining the rigorous training for the inductees was the hope for a fulfilling professional life achieved through the delivery of professional architectural services and contribution of expert knowledge and skill to the development of a sustainable built environment in Ghana.

She seized the occasion to re-introduce unto the industry the over 900 registered Architects aside the 60 new ones ready to be engaged by both government and private sectors in development projects.

Mrs. Arthiabah announced the introduction of an interactive seminar for principal architects of newly registered firms at which discussions on Partnerships, Management, Best Practice and Ethics and Public Relations are discussed, all in a bid to build the capacity of architects and to promote architecture as a business.

The President of the Ghana Institute of Architects (GIA), Arc. Richard Nii Dadey urged architects to constantly upgrade themselves to keep abreast with both socio-economic changes and technological developments.

He observed that as the nation transit from a lower middle-income to high-income within the next forty years, architects must also focus on building themselves towards Eco friendly Architecture-sustaining architecture that will maximize the use of renewable sources of energy; global warming and climate change; use of local materials and entrepreneurship by creating their own projects.

The Deputy Minister of Works and Housing (MWH), Hon. Eugene Boakye Antwi who represented the Sector Minister, Mr. Samuel Atta Akyea underscored the importance of the ceremony admitting that the construction industry contributes about 15 per cent to the GDP.

He disclosed that a National Building Code has been gazetted and its implementation will serve as a check on the indiscipline by some developers and inadequate control from planning authorities and other agencies.

Mr, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, Senior Minister, who in his address made a passionate appeal to the industry to focus on the use of local building materials, explaining that government’s quest for a ‘Ghana beyond aid’ can only be achieved through the maximum utilization of the natural resources available in the country.

Chairman for the occasion, Arc. Osei Kwame Agyeman, Principal Architect of Casa Association, urged Architects to help humanity by making an impact on the inner city for society to value the Profession of Architecture.

By Times Reporter

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