RIAI Code of Professional Conduct
1. A member shall uphold the integrity and dignity of his profession.
Interpretations Of The Principle 1:
1.2 A member, in providing a professional service and in safeguarding a client's
legitimate interests, shall comply with all relevant statutory procedures and
Given the above statement in the Code of Conduct
Should the RIAI's internal conduct committee act to ensure members cease any unprofessional conduct such as claiming to be a network of architects operating on a fixed-price basis (which does not comply with statute law), thereby protecting potential client's interests with immediate effect (and protecting the majority of architectâ€™s professional reputations),
Should the RIAI refrain from intervening and leave the matter for a third party to refer to the Competition Authority, thereby leaving potentially uninformed clients to use an uncompetitive
service, provided by an as yet unknown architect
, when they could be directed to many architects who are providing initial free consultations
through which the client has the opportunity to assess an architect's ability, work and compatibility
prior to agreeing to a negotiated fee
, as opposed to a â‚¬125 per hour fixed rate & minimum fee of â‚¬500? (oh, and more than likely adding to the negative image many lay-people have of architects)
FAQs from http://www.homearchitect.ie
What is the structure of homearchitect?
Homearchitect is a licensed network. This means that architects apply to join our network, and we select architects based on a set of strict criteria. All of our architects are experienced in domestic architecture and have undergone a full training programme, so you can be sure you will receive high quality, professional advice.
All of our architects are very experienced residential architects and have gone through a full selection and training programme by homearchitect so you can be assured you will be getting the best possible advice.
How about a free visit to see if I like you guys?
We do not believe anything constructive can be achieved in a free 45-minute sales chat.
(...Better instead to do the sales stuff upfront via the impersonal website and get you to stump up a min. of â‚¬500 before you even thought of a question to ask us). Our initial visits are designed to get your project going as quickly as possible. We ensure you are fully involved in the process, in control and clear about what is happening....
Except perhaps the basics, such as which Architect will even turn up at your door. Sorry, no control permitted on that one!
My opinion is that this service, as presented, is clearly in breach of statute law and the RIAI's code of conduct. Much better if the RIAI acted to ensure professional conduct is maintained and professional reputations are retained.