New body 'should regulate architects'
Tom McEnaney A NEW independent body to regulate architects is one of the key recommendations of the Competition Authority's report on the profession which was published yesterday.
"In order to avoid any possible conflicts of interest, the Competition Authority has proposed the creation of an Architects Council of Ireland as an independent, transparent and accountable agency to regulate the architectural profession," the Authority said.
The Authority's report was broadly positive, concluding that competition in the profession "seems to be working well for consumers and the economy as a whole". However, it also found that proposed changes to how the architects are regulated, which are contained in the Building Control Bill 2005, could have negative consequences both for consumers and some architects.
"The Competition Authority is particularly concerned about the level of influence and control given to the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI) over the system that determines who is allowed to use the title architect," itsaid yesterday.
It also said that the RIAI should not make appointments to the proposed new bodies which will oversee the profession.