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About AAC

Overview

The ASEAN Agreement on Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) on Architectural Services was signed by the ASEAN Economic Ministers on 20 November 2007.

The Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) on Architectural Services will facilitate the mobility of architectural professionals within ASEAN and enhance information exchange in order to promote adoption of best practices on standards of architectural education, professional practices and qualifications.

The main objective for the agreement is to conform to the spirit of ASEAN co-operations based on fair distribution of resources and benefits through collaborative research and set standards and commitment of technological transfer in architecture among ASEAN Member Countries.

Objectives

  • To exchange information in order to promote adoption of best practices on standards of architectural education, professional practice and qualifications;

  • To conform to the spirit of ASEAN co-operations based on fair distribution of resources and benefits through collaborative researches; and

  • To encourage, facilitate and establish mutual recognition of Architects and set up standards and commitment of technological transfer among ASEAN Member Countries.

Definitions and Scope

In this arrangement, unless the context otherwise requires:

Accreditation refers to quality assurance of Graduate Architects by the respective national authorized bodies.

Architect refers to a natural person who holds the nationality of an ASEAN Member Country and has been assessed by a Professional Regulatory Authority (PRA) of any participating ASEAN Member Country as being technically, morally, and legally qualified to undertake professional practice of architecture and is registered and licensed for such practice by the Professional Regulatory Authority (PRA). ASEAN Member Countries may have different nomenclatures and requirements for this term.

Architectural Services refers to the activities covered under Central Product Classification (hereinafter referred to as "CPC”) 8671 of the Provisional CPC of the United Nations.

Assessment refers to particular processes for reporting or comparison of achievement against criteria, standards, or a benchmark.

Benchmark refers to an agreed level by which others can be measured.

Certification refers to the issuance of a certificate or license to those who have met specified requirements for registration.

Country of Origin refers to the ASEAN Member Country where the architect has an existing license to practice architecture.

Criteria or Standards refers to a specification of qualities required to be met.

Graduate Architect refers to a natural person who holds the nationality of an ASEAN Member Country and has satisfactorily completed an architectural program that is assessed as meeting required criteria in architecture determined by a recognized professional architecture body or state authority.

Recognition, qualifications & eligibility

Recognition of Qualifications to Become an ASEAN Architect (AA).

An Architect who has:

Completed an accredited architectural degree recognised by the professional architectural accreditation body whether in the Country of Origin or Host Country or assessed and recognised as having the equivalent of such a degree. The education for architects should be no less than five (5) years duration delivered on a full time basis in an accredited program in an accredited/ validated university in the Country of Origin while allowing flexibility for equivalency.

- a current and valid professional registration or licensing certificate to practise architecture in the Country of Origin issued either by the Professional Regulatory Authority (PRA) of the ASEAN Member Countries and in accordance with its policy on registration/licensing/certification of the practice of architecture or the Monitoring Committee pursuant to Article 4.2.2 and item 1.2 of Appendix B of this Arrangement.

- acquired practical and diversified experience of not less than ten (10) years of continuous practice of architecture after graduation, of which at least five (5) years shall be after licensure/ registration and at least two (2) years of which shall be in responsible charge of significant architectural works as stipulated in Appendix D - format 3;

- complied with the Continuing Professional Development (CPO) policy of the country of Origin at a satisfactory level;

- obtained certification from the Professional Regulatory Authority (PRA) of the Country of Origin with no record of serious violation on technical, professional or ethical standards, local and international, for the practice of architecture; and

- complied with any other requirements agreed upon by the ASEAN Architect Council (AAC) is eligible to apply to the ASEAN Architect Council (AAC) to be registered as an ASEAN Architect (AA) under the ASEAN Architect Register (AAR).

Professional Regulatory Authority, Monitoring Committee and Asean Architect Council

Professional Regulatory Authority (PRA)

The Professional Regulatory Authority (PRA) of each participating ASEAN Member Country shall be responsible for the following:

- consider applications from the ASEAN Architect (AA) and authorise the ASEAN Architect (AA) to practise as a Registered Foreign Architect (RFA), either in independent practice or in collaboration with one or more licensed Architects in the Host Country, where appropriate, subject to the domestic laws and regulations;
- monitor and assess the professional practice of the Registered Foreign Architect (RFA) and to ensure compliance with this Arrangement;
- report to relevant local and international bodies of the developments in the implementation of this Arrangement, where required;
- maintain high standards of professional and ethical practice in architecture;
- notify the ASEAN Architect Council (AAC) Secretariat (set up under Article 4.3.5) promptly in writing when a Registered Foreign Architect (RFA) has contravened this Arrangement, or when an Architect who is also an ASEAN Architect (AA) is no longer qualified to undertake practice of architecture in the Country of Origin, has not complied with Continuing Professional Development (CPO) policy of the Country of Origin at a satisfactory level or has seriously violated technical, professional or ethical standards either in the Country of Origin or in the Host Country whereby such violations have led to deregistration or suspension from practice;
- prepare rules and regulations to enable the implementation of this Arrangement; and
- exchange information regarding laws, practices and prevailing developments in the practice of architecture within the region with the view to harmonisation in accordance with regional and/or international standards.

Secretariat & Chairman

On 10th September 2015 in Manila, Philippines, the Handover Ceremony of AAC Chairmanship from Philippines to Indonesia had been done. Indonesia will continue as the Secretariat and Chairman for a 2 year term.




 

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Asean Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Architectural Services Appendix B Appendix D
- format 1
Appendix D
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Appendix A Appendix C Appendix D
- format 2
Appendix E
 
Assessment Statements
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