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President Announces Development of Client’s Charter
Need for registration of title ‘architect’ highlighted by fact that up to 80% of complaints to RIAI relate to unqualified practitioners.

Development of country’s suburbs needs to be prioritised over next 10 years

The President of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI), Tony Reddy, tonight (Wednesday, 2 June) announced that the Institute has decided to develop a Client’s Charter. Mr Reddy said that this is part of the RIAI’s contribution to ensuring that there is an adequate and appropriate regulatory framework to assure the client, the user and society at large of a minimum level of quality.

In this context, Tony Reddy highlighted the fact that up to 80% of the complaints received by the RIAI on an annual basis relate to unqualified practitioners.

“The construction sector must ensure that the services, products and finished buildings it delivers meet consumers’ requirements and that the life cycle costing of their investment is correctly balanced in economical, social and environmental terms. Government must ensure that there is an adequate and appropriate regulatory framework to assure the client, the user and society at large of a minimum level of quality.

“Issues such as registration, commercial communications, professional indemnity insurance, ethics and the resources needed to provide a good product, deserve particular attention. Providing information to clients and consumers on what to expect of the architect is also very important, as is the need to ensure that architects develop their competencies through continued professional development. With all this in mind, the RIAI has recently begun to formally develop a Client’s Charter to further enhance its consumer protection policies.”

Tony Reddy pointed out, that as with most professional organisations, the RIAI also works as a mediator between clients and member architects when things go wrong.

“However, up to 80% of the complaints received by the RIAI on an annual basis relate to unqualified practitioners. The RIAI is unable to assist in situations such as this and it is clear from the range of these complaints that the consumer’s interest is not adequately protected by existing legislation in Ireland.

“Again, the simplest way to minimise the fall-out from inadequate practitioners is to ensure that the architect is duly registered and regulated by a professional organisation. The clients can then seek information on fees, standard contracts and conditions, scope of the architect’s services, and can look to that organisation for redress, should the architect fail in his/her duties to the client.”

Mr Reddy explained that this form of registration, which is currently lacking in Ireland, poses real risks to consumers, in particular in relation to life and property. However, he said that the RIAI expects the issue to be addressed shortly in the context of the Government’s proposed Building Control Bill.

“Regulation of the architectural profession in most developed states is primarily aimed at securing quality in the built environment and protecting the consumer. Obviously, architects’ services affect not only the client who commissions a project but also the community within which the project is built. This impact on the community is felt not only in the present but also far into the future. It is for this reason that, when regulating the profession, government must ensure that both the client’s interests and the short and long-term interests of society are carefully safeguarded.

“That is a very delicate responsibility and the open market has only a limited effectiveness as a safety mechanism in this domain. The simplest way to ensure that the architect is this kind of service provider is to have a registration system. Registration of title exists in most EU countries, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, where there are regulatory regimes, which promote competition law. The fundamental principle underpinning the registration of architects in these countries is that government sets standards and qualifications to protect the consumer and ensures, through competition and antitrust laws, the operation of a free market in the provision of services.”

Tony Reddy then went on to address the issue of the development of the country’s suburbs, pointing out that while there have been many successes in the past decade in terms of developing our towns and cities, there is still much recent development in our cities and towns which is of poor quality. In particular, the suburban landscape and the badly landscaped, mean-spirited housing estates are clearly set to be an unfortunate legacy of our era.

“In the suburban areas of all of our cities and towns there are areas where little thought appears to have been given to concepts such as urbanism and place making. This is a very serious problem, which we share with our European partners, and will be given particular emphasis during my term of office as President. I believe it is in the suburbs that all the next major breakthroughs in architecture will occur.

“It is currently estimated that up to 76,000 new homes will be built in Ireland this year, with similar rates expected up to 2010 to meet with anticipated demand. While an amount of this will be built on ‘brownfield’ sites where many architects see the best opportunities, the majority will be built on the edges of our towns and cities, where I feel the real challenges lie. Either way, it represents an important challenge to society and should be seen as an exciting opportunity for Irish architects, urban designers and planners to build successful and sustainable communities, which may in turn become models for town extensions elsewhere,” Tony Reddy concluded.

RIAI 2 Jun 2004

It is obvious the Mayor of Kerry hasn’t a clue what he is on about: typical of a particular mindset to simply lash out rather than deal with issues.

In fairness to the Journalist the relevant quote is

Originally posted by The Kerryman Mayor O’Sullivan defended the planning system in Kerry and said that the website which contained the findings of the survey did not belong to any established architectural organisation. [/B]

Which appears to be solely attributable to Ned, I really like the article it really allowed Ned to hang himself:

Originally posted by Ned He acknowledged that some councillors had abused their planning powers in recent months, particularly with the use of Section 140 motions which gives councillors the power to force Kerry County Council to reverse a planning decision against the advice of its own planners. [/B]

In other words abuse of the executive function in Kerry is open to abuse under his management.
It was

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