Architects draw the line at new register
Up to 100 architects opposed to the law for registration of the profession are campaigning in opposition despite the formal launch of the register by the Minister for the Environment John Gormley last week.
The group has formed an organisation, Architects' Alliance (AA), which is lobbying in order to safeguard the livelihoods of self-trained architects in private practice.
"Our members have been providing the services of an architect to their communities for at least ten years. The market has recognised their skills and been satisfied . . . ignoring the (customers') judgement means an end to our livelihoods," says Alliance spokesperson Brian Montaut,
Some complain that the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland is being too demanding with its €4,000 charge and 80pc pass mark being required for assessment of AA members.