The Oireachtas has today published a new Bill that will provide a “grandfather clause” for architects who have not received the official qualification from the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI). The Building Control (Amendment) Bill 2010 is a Private Member’s Bill introduced by Kerry South TD John O’Donoghue.
Deputy O’Donoghue has prepared the Bill to prevent hundreds of working architects from losing out on their official status because they pursued a different route to qualification. Under the terms of the Bill all architects aged 35 or older at the time the legislation was enacted and who can show evidence of having worked practically as an architect for 7 years or more, would be officially recognised as architects by the State.
“Unfortunately there is a problem with the existing regulations which could see hundreds of hard working architects lose their qualifications and not be recognised officially,” said Deputy O’Donoghue. “There is a process for these architects to secure the necessary qualifications through the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland however this is too expensive and too time consuming for many working architects.”
“My Bill seeks to simplify this by providing a ‘grandfather clause’ so that people who are 35 years or older and can show they have 7 years practical experience of being an architect would gain official architect status. The alternative is that hundreds of people who have done a lot of excellent work as architects could have that status diminished and that could have severe implications for the future of their careers and their ability to earn a living.”
“The Oireachtas has now published my Bill and I hope it will be enacted during the course of the next Dáil term,” Deputy O’Donoghue concluded.