The Minister of Works and Housing, Francis Asenso-Boakye, has charged professionals in the built environment to be innovative in their designs and proposals to help address Ghana’s affordable housing challenges.
He said proactive professionals were necessary to attract investments into the innovative ideas to address the current housing challenges.
As a developing country, he noted that it was critical professionals in the housing sector explored and changed the status quo.
The Minister was speaking in Accra yesterday during the induction of a renowned architect, Sir David Adjaye, into the Architects Registration Council to be able to operate in the country.
He indicated that Architecture was an area where Ghana could leverage to overturn its economic fortunes, adding that the potential of the profession was evident in almost all advanced countries and emerging economies.
“Architecture is a noble profession and Architects deservedly enjoy a high standing in society and within the building and construction industry, but of course with that comes an obligation to deliver standards and services that both demonstrate and reinforce that status” Mr Asenso-Boakye stated.
He commended Sir David Adjaye for the numerous awards for his works not only in architecture, but his ingenuity in the use of materials and innovations as a result of his acknowledgment and appreciation of cultures and history.
Board Chairman of ARC, Richard Nii Dadey, said the inductee fulfilled all requirements for obtaining practicing license and admission into the standing register in conformity with Act 357.
He reminded Sir Adjaye of the need to use architecture to improve the environment and lives in the country through constant innovation and generating solutions that would even address future challenges.
On his part, Sir Adjaye noted that it was an honour to finally acquire the licence to practice in Ghana.
Although he had been practicing the profession in other countries, including the United States of America (USA) and United Kingdom (UK), he said working in Ghana would offer maximum satisfaction and ensure he was able to contribute to national development.
He noted his commitment to support the new generation of Architects to reach higher height and build their innovative capabilities
BY CLAUDE NYARKO ADAMS