The Architects Registration Board cautions the public to beware of unauthorized persons illegally practicing architecture in the country.
Indeed, certain individuals and firms, posing as Architects or Architectural Firms, present themselves to unsuspecting clients and submit proposals for consideration for architectural design and consultancy services.
“Such practices do not only affect the proper planning and adherence to building regulations in the country but also pose great danger to our society since these individuals lack the required coaching to do proper work”, the Chairman ARB said.
According to the National Building Control Act,
“The Architect is the lead design professional and has the capacity and training in the art and science of building design and the design of spaces in general.”
The board urges the public to engage only registered architects and architectural firms for architectural services, ensure that Statement of Work (SOW) for consultancy services is clearly stated to avoid any ambiguities, request for proof of valid Practice Certificates from consultants and also seek assistance with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) when developing SOW for building projects.
The registrar ARB notes that authorized architects have the capacity to embark on core architectural services including project feasibility/viability studies, concept/ideas development, building design and detailing, construction supervision, contract administration, project management, rehabilitation and refurbishment, conservation, interior design, landscape design, building survey and facilitating planning approvals
The Architects Registration Board of Uganda is mandated by the Architects Registration Act (Cap 269) to control the practice of Architecture in Uganda, and prescribe and uphold standards of professional conduct and ethics of the practice in the interest of the general public.