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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 B.A.R.E. 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 B.A.R.E 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 (B.A.R.E) application form and other required documentation.

Log in to the member's lounge to gain full access to the required application forms and documents.  

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. 

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 A.R.B invitation to sit exam Part 02 . B.A.R.E Application .

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

Fees for the B.A.R.E are subject to periodic review and adjustment. The current fee will be indicated by the Secretary of the Board at anytime. Completed Application Forms together with the appropriate fee and supporting documents must be received by the secretary of the Board four (4) weeks prior to the scheduled examination.

scroll for useful contacts & resources

Architects Registration Board

Ms. Deborah Richards

Secretary (Ag.) for Chairman

C/O Ministry of Transport, Work & Water Resources

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

Design Collaborative

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.

Martin Sobers 

B.Sc. (Hons) Dip, Arch. R.I.B.A.

Design Collaborative

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  Transport, Works & Water Resources, 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. 

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