WORKS AND HOUSING MINISTER INDUCTS NEW ARCHITECTS

The Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea, has inducted 29 newly qualified Architects who have been licensed and accepted onto the Standing Register of Architects at the 19th induction ceremony of the Architects Registration Council (ARC) in Accra.

The Standing Register is the apex Register which contains the list of all Professional Architects who have gone through the rigorous necessary activities to become legally licensed to practice as Professional Architects in Ghana.

Addressing the inductees, Hon. Atta Akyea, said urbanization and globalization are dominating discussions on human settlements development across the globe and has made demand for skilled human resource and professionals within the built environment more critical to meet the challenges it brings.

He therefore, charged the young professionals to use their new portfolio and come up with innovative designs that aim at solving the country’s current housing needs.

“I am counting on you to produce innovative concepts and designs that will address our urbanization challenges and make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable as enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11”, he stated.

According to him, government has keen interest in strengthening the regulatory regime within the building and construction industry. For that reason, he said, H. E. the Vice President, launched the Ghana Building Code last year to provide requirements and recommendations for efficient standards for residential and non-residential buildings which covers planning, management and practices in the construction of buildings.

The Hon. Minister commended the Architect Registration Council for carrying out its statutory role in regulating the practice of Architecture in Ghana.

On her part, the Registrar of the Council, Arc. Stella N. D. Arthiabah, assured the public on behalf of ARC together with all other Regulatory and Professional Bodies, that they will continue to give guidance in providing better livable spaces, specifically tailored solutions to indigenous concerns of cost, material use, environmental sustainability, waste management and the adoption of other non-conventional materials to realize the manifestation of Affordable Housing for many Ghanaians.

She congratulated the inductees for going through the Professional Practice Examination successfully, where 29 out of 54 participants qualified, saying “today you are reaping the ultimate fruit of your academic exploits in architecture. However, you are at the same time putting on a new cloak of professional responsibility to the benefit of society; a cloak you must adorn yourself with honourably to the joy and benefit of the society”, she said.

Arc. Arthiabah indicated that the induction ceremony is very significant on the Council’s calendar, as it exudes the quality and growth of the body of architecture and the high standard of professional skill in the country.

The President of the Ghana Institute of Architects (GIA), Arc. Richard Nii Dadey, observed that new entrants in architecture, including the inductees are special as they are entering the professional world at a time that it has become critical for the Ghanaian architect to be ‘awake’ and not restrict him/herself.

“In these changing times, if you remain in that little niche, you will eventually become irrelevant, the way forward is to evolve yourself from end to end,” he advised.

Guest Speaker, Ing. Charles Darku also advised the inductees to be aware of the responsibilities ahead, stressing that the many years of preparation in achieving the feat does not matter anymore as they enter the job market but what will distinguish them is how they leverage on what they have and build on the unique traits not found in the classroom such as good ethical conduct, vision, planning and the high standards of professionalism; ingredients of order and sanity in a practice evident of sound regulation.

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