Architects  Registration  Board  |  Guide to Becoming a Registered Architect in Barbados
Revised December 16th, 2011

Candidates are required to pass all five divisions in Part 1 in order to participate in this part of the examination process. Part 2 comprises Division 6 (Building Design and Technology) of the BARE. One hour is allocated for this exam. The candidate shall be allocated a maximum of thirty minutes for his/her presentation with thirty minutes allocated for questions and assessments by the Examination Committee. To be considered for this part of the BARE the candidate is required to submit the following:

  • Program Brief

  • Site Plan

  • Floor Plans

  • Exterior Building Elevations and

  • a detailed description of the proposed project


All documents are to be on letter size paper, along with the completed (BARE) application form and other required documentation.

The candidate will be invited to this part of the examination by formal letter only after he/she has submitted a project that meets the A.R.B. approval.

The outline of the examination is as follows:


The candidate will be required to do an oral presentation of an approved project to the Examination Committee as well as answer related questions from the Committee. The candidate is responsible for selecting a building project that would individually demonstrate his/her competency as required by the committee. Through visual and oral presentation he/she will be required to demonstrate a minimum competency in Site Planning, Building Design and Building Technology.

  • Site Planning - During the candidate’s project presentation he/she is asked several questions to determine his understanding of site analysis and site design. Consideration of topography, vegetation, climate, geographic aspects, and legal aspects of site development will be scrutinized and his/her ability to synthesized the programmatic and environmental requirements into a coherent concept for the placement of building(s) and /or other improvements on a site will be assessed.

  • Building Design - During the candidate’s project presentation he/she is asked several questions to determine his/her ability to integrate programmatic and environmental requirements into a coherent design product. The candidate’s project shall be assessed for compliance with its intended function as it relates to the health, safety and welfare of its users.

  • Building Technology - During the candidate’s project presentation he/she is asked several questions to determine his/her understanding of the integration of technological systems within the building design product. He/she will be asked questions to ascertain his/her understanding of the impact of structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, lighting, acoustical and related systems and their incorporation into the projects presented.


The candidate is required to bring graphic documentation of a multi-storey building project for which he/she played a significant role in the design development and construction document phases. It is mandatory that the construction documents or the construction of selected project has been completed within five years prior to the candidates’ application for PART 2. The following is a list of building types that will satisfy the A.R.B. for the Project Presentation Division. Click on the images to learn more. 











Note: Single Family dwellings and warehouses will not be considered. Because this division evaluates the candidate’s understanding of vertical access for emergency egress as one of its components, the A.R.B. requires the building project to be two or more stories in height. However, approval can be granted based upon the size and complexity of some one storey buildings.


The project should be presented on 24”x36” (or similar size) sheets mounted on form core or similar material.

The drawing list must include:


  • Location plan

  • Detailed Site Plan (including drainage)

  • Detailed Foundation Plan

  • Detailed Floor Plans

  • Detailed Roof Plan

  • Detailed Building Sections

  • Typical Exterior Wall Sections

  • Detailed Building Elevations and

  • Detailed Reflected Ceiling Plans


The drawings (by the use of colour, legends or other standard architectural presentation techniques) must clearly indicate how the building is to be or has been constructed. There must be clear delineation/ specification of circulation paths (horizontal and vertical); exit points; fire rated walls sound attenuated walls; fire rated doors; provisions for the physically challenged; materials; structural walls, columns, beams & grid lines; service spaces; sewage system; storm water and surface drainage system; air-conditioning system(s) including ducts, registers, air-handling units, evaporators, cassettes, condensers, fire dampers, etc; electrical lighting layout including emergency lighting, exit signs, transformers, generators, etc; fire suppression systems including dry riser /standpipe with inlets and outlets, fire hoses, sprinkler system, smoke vent(s), etc; and Specialty systems such as escalators, elevator lifts, fire shutters, etc that would affect the safety, health and welfare of the occupants of the building.



The Site Plan: 1/16”=1’-0” (Minimum)

The Location Plan: As Appropriate

All other drawings: 1/8”=1’-0” or larger as appropriate.

Refer to the Presentation Assessment Card to learn more about how this exam is graded. 

Agricultural Buildings
Agricultural Buildings

These include barns, stables, animal breeding units, and other such buildings.

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Civic and Community Buildings
Civic and Community Buildings

These include communal halls, community centres, libraries, ambulance and fire stations, passenger terminals, bus stations, airports, cargo facilities, police stations, prisons, postal and broadcasting stations, civic centres, churches, temples, chapels, nightclubs, crematoria, concert halls, museums, art galleries, courts, theatres, opera houses, embassies, recreation centres, and other such buildings.

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Commercial buildings
Commercial buildings

Commercial buildings of more than 5000 square feet. These include banks, shopping malls, shops, restaurants, and other such buildings.

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Educational Buildings
Educational Buildings

These include schools, college & university complexes, college & university facilities, and other such buildings.

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Industrial Buildings
Industrial Buildings

These include storage sheds, factories, workshops, garages, petrol filing stations, showrooms, and other such buildings but does not include warehouses.

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Institutional Care and Medical Buildings
Institutional Care and Medical Buildings

These include clinics, homes for the elderly, health centres, accommodations for the disabled, hospitals, medical/ dental surgeries, general hospital complexes, medical laboratories, nursing homes, treatment centres, rehabilitation centres, mental health centres and other such buildings.

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Multi-Family/ Other Residential Buildings
Multi-Family/ Other Residential Buildings

These include townhouses, apartment buildings, condominiums (residential), dormitories, hostels, and other such buildings.

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Recreational and Entertainment Facilities
Recreational and Entertainment Facilities

These include sports centres, swimming pools, stadia, grandstands, pavilions, bowling alleys, drive-in theatres, movie theatres, health clubs, gymnasiums, zoos, aquariums, indoor courts, clubhouses, indoor shooting ranges and other such facilities.

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Part 02 Checklist

Ready to take Part 02 Exam? Be sure to do/have the following:

. Pass ALL of Part 01 . Submit the Supporting Documents for Project Selected . Receive ARB invitation to sit exam Part 02 . BARE Application .

(2) Passport Photos . Proof of Citizenship/Residency/Work Permit . Application Fee . 

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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

Bsc., Dip., Arch., BIA.

Design Collaborative

Tel: (246) 426-1741


Mr. Frederick Johnson

Dipl.Arch' (Ox) RIBA BIA

Frederick Johnson Architects Ltd,

Tel: (246) 228 9054


Mr. Kurt R. G. Bourne

B.A. (Hons), M.Arch., MBA, RA, BIA

LEED Green Associate

ADCM Consultancy Inc

Tel: (246) 537-4030


Mr. Pierre Tatem

Dip. Arch, B.Arch, M.Arch

Tatem Architects Inc

Tel: (246) 233-1111


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.