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Foster + Partners ‘would leave London’ over Brexit


Disclaimer: I'm pro-EU and voted remain. However, if anyone has registered with foreign architect registration boards, or worked outside of the EU you will know that UK registration and UK qualifications are not automatically recognised, even in commonwealth countries. This isn't necessarily a barrier to work, but it is a barrier to seamless professional integration. Within the EU under the Professional Qualification Directive (PQD: 2005/36/EC) anyone who is an EU/EEA national with local registration can automatically register with any other EU/EEA juristiction. The cost of this awesome multilateral integration is the fact that the RIBA/ARB cannot undertaken bilateral agreements with any countries outside of the EU/EEA. New Zealand is a country that has been able to make one-off agreements with who they choose, and these include (for architects) Japan, Singapore and Canada, and also further professional agreements with Australia and the USA, meaning that architects from these countries can move and work fairly seemlessly from one country to the next. The UK is prohibited from doing this. Therefore, if there is going to be any benefit from Brexit it should be to make the UK a more promising location for "international talent", provided we can maintain something similar to the extant PQD with the EU.

Posted date

14 June, 2018

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