Arb ponders UK qualification to combat European red tape
Greater flexibility in architecture education could be achieved with UK-only title
A UK-only architecture qualification could be introduced to avoid stricter EU rules on professional qualifications, under plans to be considered by the Arb.
Qualifications currently prescribed by the Arb allow UK architects to gain professional recognition across Europe.
But stricter rules on the timing and location of architecture training being debated by the EU could lead Arb to introduce a more flexible qualification only applicable in the UK.
Speaking at an Arb meeting, board member and Bath University head of architecture Alex Wright said: “The board does have within its power to prescribe qualifications just within the UK. That might be a policy we need to re-address.”
The European Commission is nearing the end of a consultation on changes to its Qualifications Directive. Alison Carr, chief executive at the Arb, said: “The one contribution that the ARB has made is the importance of flexibility. If the directive seeks to bring in more restrictions that could potentially be damaging.”
Carr said the issue was likely to be considered at an upcoming board strategy day when the Arb is expected to consider its policy priorities.
Arb head of qualifications Emma Matthews said: “It’s something the prescription committee looked at in great detail last year. At that point the committee decided that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to warrant a change in the policy but of course all our policies are up for regular review. There are a number of things going on at the moment that could warrant a change in the future.”