BECOMING AN ARCHITECT
Architects Registration Board | Guide to Becoming a Registered Architect in Barbados
Revised December 16th, 2011
On 21st April, 2003 the Parliament of Barbados enacted an Act to make provision respecting the registration of architects and for related matters. The Act is cited as the Architects Registration Act, 2003. On 8th December, 2005 the Act was amended (Architects Registration (Amendment) Act, 2003-28). Within this section of the website, we refer to both the original and the amendment of the Architects Registration Act as "the Act (A.R.A)". Both of these documents are available for purchase at the Barbados Government Printery, located at:
Government Printing Department
Bay Street, Bridgetown, St.Michael
The Act defines the practice of Architecture, states qualifications for registration, provides for the use of the title 'Architect' to persons registered under the Act, provides for confined conditions of the practice of architecture by persons that are not registered architects, and provides for regulations to be administered by the Architects Registration Board (A.R.B). The Act also provides the constitution and procedure of the Board and a Form (FORM A) for application for registration as an architect.
Candidates desirous of becoming Registered Architects usually arrive from varied backgrounds, whether educational, work experience or both. To achieve a homogeneous environment for architectural professional practice in Barbados, a minimum standard for architects’ registration has been established. This also serves as a basis for attaining regional and international reciprocity, to enable our architects to practice around the globe.
A.R.B Guide to Licensure
DEFINITION OF PRACTICE OF ARCHITECTURE
The Architects Registration Act states that the 'practice of architecture' means rendering one or more of the following professional services to clients - advice, consultation, evaluation, planning, design and minor engineering services, inspection of construction and other services where expert knowledge, skill and experience are required in connection with the erection, enlargement or alteration of any building or buildings, or the equipment or accessories thereof or with the creation of the building environment where public amenity is concerned or involved.
Architects Registration Board
Ms. Deborah Richards
Secretary (Ag.) for Chairman
C/O Ministry of Transport and Works
Pine East - West Boulevard
The Pine, St. Michael
Tel: (246) 536-0101
Mr. Robert O'Neal
Chairman of the Architects Registration Board
B.Sc. (Hons) Dip, Arch. RA
Mr. Frederick Johnson
Dipl.Arch' (Ox) RIBA BIA
Frederick Johnson Architects Ltd.
Mr. Kurt R. G. Bourne
B.A. (Hons), M.Arch., MBA, RA, BIA
LEED Green Associate
ADCM Consultancy Inc.
Mr. Pierre Tatem
Dip. Arch, B.Arch, M.Arch
Tatem Architects Inc.
B.Sc. (Hons) Dip, Arch. R.I.B.A.
Chief Technical Officer, Ex Officio,
Ministry of Transport and Works
The Architects Registration Act provides for the constitution and procedures of the Architects Registration Board. The board consists of the Chief Technical Officer, Ministry of Public Works and Transport, ex-officio or nominee; one person appointed by the Minister; and four registered architects appointed by the Minister on the nomination of the Barbados Institute of Architects. All members of the Board, other than the ex-officio member, shall hold office for a term of 3 years, but are eligible for re-appointment for a maximum of two consecutive terms. All such members are eligible for re-appointment after the expiration of one year thereafter.
Following the amendment of the Act The Board established a mandate based upon the board’s interpretation of the Architects Registration Act, 2003-5 regulations, section 19(1) (dated 21st April, 2003), and the Architects Registration (Amendment) Act, 2005-28 (dated 8th December, 2005). Click below to learn more.