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The Architects Act

The Architects Ordinance or the Architects Act as it is known today evolved over the years in light of transitions within Singapore. Listed below are some of the more pertinent changes which had occurred over the years.

1927 - Architects Ordinance 1926 (Chapter 64)
1941 - Architects Ordinance 1941 (No 23 of 1941) & Architects By-Laws 1941
1953 - Architects Ordinance 1951 (No 48 of 1951)
1955 - Architects Ordinance 1941 (No. 23 of 1941), Scales of Fees
1957 - Architects Ordinance (Chapter 189) & Architects By-Laws 1941
1957 - Architects (Amendment) Ordinance (No 16 of 1957)
1957 - Architects (Amendment) Ordinance 1957 (No 22 of 1957)
1970 - Architects Act (Chapter 213), 1970
1976 - Architects Act 1976 (No. 14 of 1976)
1980 - Architects (Amendment) Act, 1980
1985 - Architects Act (Chapter 12), Revised Edition 1985 of No. 14 of 1976
1991 - Architects Act 1991 (No. 22 of 1991)
1992 - Architects Act (Chapter 12), Revised Edition 1992 of No. 22 of 1991
1995 - Architects (Amendment) Act, No. 3 of 1995
2000 - Architects Act (Chapter 12), Revised Edition 2000 of No.22 of 1991

The Architects Act 1991 today lists down a host of ethics, codes and regulations which provides the framework to maintain professionalism in an increasingly competitive business climate. Registration is stringent and the Board requires registered architects to adhere to a high code of ethics and that they must fulfil with complete integrity their obligations to clients, the profession, and the public.

Updated Architects Act Chapter 12, Section 36 Architect Rules

Acknowledgement

The Architects Act (Cap. 12) and the Rules are reproduced here with the kind permission of the Attorney-General's Chambers. The entire set of statutes and subsidiary legislation of Singapore can be found at the LawNet web page at http://www.lawnet.com.sg.

Contents

The Architects Act 1991

The Architects Rules 1991

The Architects (Professional Conduct and Ethics) Rules

Architects (Investigation Committees) (Revocation) Rules 2005

Architects (Election of Board members) Rules 2005

The Schedule (Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics) Part I

The Schedule (Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics) Part II

The Third Schedule

Important: Rules and statutes referred to are meant as a guide only. A printout from this web site is not a copy of the Gazette printed by the Singapore National Printers (Government Printer) for the purposes of s 48 of the Interpretation Act (Cap 1) and does not constitute admissible prima facie evidence of the contents of the Gazette by virtue of that section. Copies of the original can be obtained from the Government Printer. Any forms referred to herein are available from the Board's office.

The Architects Act 1991
(Act 22 of 1991)

PART I
PRELIMINARY

Section

1. Short title.
2. Interpretation.
3. Act not to apply to Government, naval and landscape architects,etc.

PART II
BOARD OF ARCHITECTS

4. Establishment of Board of Architects.
4A. Constitution of Board.
4B. Compulsory voting.
4C. President of Board.
4D. Disqualifications for membership of Board.
4E. Filling of vacancies.
4F. Meetings and quorum of Board.
5. Common seal of Board.
6. Functions of Board.
7. Committees.
8. Registers.
9. Appointment and duties of Registrar.

PART III
PRIVILEGES OF ARCHITECTS

10. Illegal practice.
11. Remuneration for services rendered.
12. Employment of unregistered architect prohibited.
13. Minor building works.
14. Relationship with professional engineers, etc.

PART IV
REGISTRATION OF ARCHITECTS

15. Qualifications for registration.
16. Application for registration.
17. Certificates of registration.
17A. Amendment of register of architects.
17B. Removal of name and particulars from register of architects.
17C. Reinstatement of registration.

PART V
PRACTISING CERTIFICATES

18. Practising certificates.
19. Cancellation of practising certificates.

PART VI
MULTI-DISCIPLINE AND CORPORATE PRACTICE

20. Licence for multi-discipline and corporate practice.
21. Conditions of licence to practise.
22. Change in composition of board of directors, members, etc.
23. Application of Companies Act.
24. Liability insurance.
25. Relationship between client and licensed corporation or limited liability partnership.
26. Professional responsibility of supervising architect.
26A. Revocation of licence.
26B. Appeal against order of Board.

PART VII
DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS

27. Appointment of Investigation Panel.
28. Complaints against registered architects.
29. Review of complaints.
30. Appointment of Investigation Committee.
31. Powers and procedure of Investigation Committee.
31A. Findings of Investigation Committee.
31B. Decision of Board.
31C. Appointment of Disciplinary Committee.
31D. Observer.
31E. Architect to be notified of inquiry.
31F. Powers and procedure of Disciplinary Committee.
31G. Findings of Disciplinary Committee.
31H. Appeal against order by Disciplinary Committee.
31I. Conviction final and conclusive.
31J. Service of documents.

PART VIII
GENERAL

32. Application of fees received by Board.
33. Powers of Board and Investigation Committee to require attendance of witnesses, etc.
34. Penalty for wilful falsification of register and wrongfully procuring registration, etc.
35. Offences by bodies corporate, etc.
36. Exemption.
37. No action in absence of bad faith or malice.
38. Rules.

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The Architects Rules 1991
(Chapter 12, Section 36)

Rules

1. Citation.

PART 1
REGISTRATION

2. Form of application.
3. Qualifications and training.
3A. Prescribed examinations for purposes of section 15 (2) of Act.
3B. Application to sit for prescribed examinations.
4. Practical experience.
5. Evidence of practical experience.
6. Further evidence and other requirements.
7. Fee for registration.
8. Decision of Board.
9. Form of certificate of registration.
10. Removal of name from register of architects.

PART II
PRACTISING CERTIFICATES

10A. Definitions of this Part.
10B.
11. Form of application.
12. Fee for application.
13. Additional fee for late application.
13A. Requirements as to continuing professional education.
13B. List of activities, etc., with professional development points.
13C. Issue of guidelines and directives.
13D.
14. Evidence.
15. Form of practising certificate.

PART III
LICENCES, REGISTER OF LICENSEES AND NAMES OF PRACTICES

16. Form of application.
17. Fee.
18. Evidence.
18A. Practice names.
19. Form of licence.
20. Validity of licence.
21. Appeals.

PART IV
REGISTERS

22. Form of registers.
23. Register of architects.
24. Index.

PART V
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS RELATING TO REGISTRATION, CERTIFICATES AND LICENCES

25. Duplicate certificate or licence.
26. Return of certificates, etc.
27. Change of address.

PART VI
DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE

28. Proceedings of Investigation Committee.
29. Service of complaint, etc.
30. Confidentiality of information.
31. Proceedings of Disciplinary Committee.
32. Attendance by registered architect.
33. Hearing before disciplinary Committee.
34. Record of proceedings.

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The Architects (Professional Conduct and Ethics) Rules

Rule

1. Citation.
2. Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics.
3. Dispute between 2 or more registered architects, etc
4. Dispute between registered architect, licensed corporation or licensed partnership and another person.
5. Board entitled to recover expenses.
6. Fees payable for registered architect's services, etc.

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Architects (Investigation Committees) (Revocation) Rules 2005

Rules

1. Citation and commencement
2. Revocation

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Architects (Election of Board members) Rules 2005

Rules

1. Citation and commencement
2. Definitions
3. Returning officer
4. Notice of nomination
5. Nominations
6. Vacancies filled by number of nominations
7. Vacancies exceeded by number of nominations
8. No soliciting or canvassing for votes
9. Form and manner of voting
10. Proof of identity
11. Penalty for failure to vote
12. Counting of votes
13. Storage of records
14. Complaints to Board

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The Schedule (Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics) Part I (Schedule for Architects)

Rule

1. Definitions
2. Responsibilities towards client
3. Conditions of a contract
4. Remuneration for architectural service
5. Advertising
6. Prohibited engagements
7. Publication Guidelines
8. Media Participation and their Conduct
9. Signboard and Signing
10. Architectural Competition
11. Practice ethics
12. Prohibited engagements
13. Conflict of interest
14. Design and Build
15. Compliance with written law

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The Schedule (Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics) Part II

Rule

1. Media participation and their conduct

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