New Architects Inducted

Induction of New Architects 1The Architects Registration Council of Ghana (ARC) has held its 17th induction ceremony for 42 newly qualified Architects at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in Accra.

Speaking on the theme, ‘Architecture the Critical Tool for Development’, the Deputy Minister of Works and Housing, Hon. Eugene Boakye Antwi, said architecture plays a significant role in the socio-economic development of every nation such as provision of safe, functional, attractive and state-of-art settlements that enhance livelihoods and boosts productivity in the workplace.

He noted that architecture is a noble profession that deservedly enjoys a high standing in society and within the building and construction industry and therefore much is expected of architects to collaborate with their colleagues in the built environment for sustained work for the benefit of all.

He called on the inductees to adhere to the professional ethics and code of conduct since their work has trans-generational implication and when it is shoddy, the cost is huge over a long period of time.

The Hon. Deputy Minister stated that Ghana is celebrating 60 years of nation-hood, however, it is confronted with a huge housing deficit estimated to be in excess of 1.7 million housing units and other physical infrastructural challenges.

Hon. Antwi said most of the housing units available are not within the reach of the ordinary Ghanaian and the cost can be attributed to the type of designs and materials used for the construction.

He, therefore, urged the young professionals to take advantage of the digital age and produce housing designs to bring meaning to the affordable housing concept, using local building materials and sustainable designs that is energy efficient with rain water harvesting facilities to ensure constant supply of water for both domestic and industrial purposes.

According to him, Government’s flagship policy of ‘One District One Factory’ has started in earnest and it is expected of the newly inducted architects to be engaged in the production of building materials such as bricks, ceramic and porcelain tiles and other sanitary appliances.

The Registrar of ARC, Arc. Stella Arthiabah, said the Council is committed to securing high quality professional education and practices while equipping them to provide avant-garde services to clients, ensuring that the architectural profession conduct of architects maintains its integrity to develop and grow businesses of practitioners.
Established by the Government of Ghana through the Architects Act 1969 (NLCD 357), ARC regulates the practice of architecture in the country towards achieving social protection for the general Ghanaian public and upholding the integrity of the profession in the light of its distinct role in national development.

The Council is overseen by 10-member Governing Board made up of representations from both government and private stakeholder institutions such as Ghana Institute of Architects, Ministry of Works and Housing, tertiary institution training architects, Principal from Attorney General’s Department, Ghana Academy of Arts & Sciences and the Registrar of the Architects Registration Council.

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