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23 architects inducted

BY: Samuel K. Obour

The Architects Registration Council of Ghana (ARC) has inducted 23 new architects into the profession with a call on the architects to be innovative in order to find solutions to the myriad of challenges facing the nation.

The Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Alhaji Collins Dauda, who made the call, noted that challenges such as poor environmental sanitation, building in flood-prone areas, traffic congestion, structural failure of buildings and slum development should be the concern of the inductees.

Alhaji Dauda made the call at the 13th induction ceremony of the ARC which was held at the Ghana-India Kofi Annan ICT Centre in Accra

In all, 23 probationers were inducted, out of 63 candidates who sat for the 2012 Professional Practice Examination (PPE) conducted by the ARC.

A major event on the ARC’s calendar, the induction ceremony bridges the academic and professional life of every architect.

It also climaxes six years of academic qualification at the university, a minimum of two years coaching and apprenticeship under a qualified senior architect, and passing the PPE to gain state licensing.

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This year’s ceremony, attended by key stakeholders of the industry and kinsmen of the inductees, saw Ms Afua Asantewaa Temeng adjudged the Overall Best Candidate for the 2012 PPE.

Alhaji Dauda applauded the ARC and the Ghana Institute of Architects for taking initiatives to review the 1969 Architects Decree (NLCD 357) and their inputs into the 1996 National Building Regulations (L1 1630), entreating the inductees to embrace “continuous intellectual development” as part of their agenda.

The acting Registrar of the ARC, Stella Naa Dzagble Arthiabah, in her address, announced that the council would soon make its continuous professional development programme mandatory for every architect, and also collaborate with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in lecturing in relevant topics in the Professional Practice and Management course.

The guest speaker for the ceremony, Prof. Emeritus Elizabeth Ardayfio-Schandorf of the Department of Geography, University of Ghana, also called on the inductees to strive for excellence in their work.

In his remarks, the chairman for the occasion,  Dr Don-Arthur, called on architects and industry professionals to work together to bridge the gap between physical development and the public by involving the public and all relevant stakeholders in the design and construction processes.