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Austrian model leads the way for EU architects

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It seems that your article about the EU expansion (AJ 29.4.04) was misinformed about the study and qualification requirements for architects. I have asked the Austrian Bundeskammer der Architekten und Ingenieurkonsulenten (the equivalent to the ARB) to clarify the situation. In short, the requirements are: a minimum of five years of university study to obtain the diploma and a minimum of three years of practical experience, followed by a Part 3-type exam. The title 'architect' is protected by law.

All these standards were well in place before joining the EU in 1995. In actual fact, before 1994, five years of practical experience were required before being eligible to take the Part 3 exam.As far as I am aware, Austria has the longest education model for architecture within the EU. Since joining the EU, members can work in Austria as architects without having a Part 3 exam.

Irene Konschill, Format Milton Architects, Alton, Hampshire

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