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changes in the architectural profession

I had the opportunity to make the opening lecture at a recent congress of architects in Turkey under the title “Changes in the architectural profession” and decided to concentrate on two specific aspects of the relation between Education and Professional Practice. These two issues were Internship and Continuing Professional Development as they seem key to me in ensuring that our profession can cope with the changes that currently happen at all levels.

It is often considered that the graduates from our universities are not necessarily prepared to get into the daily practice of the profession. In many cases, this gap is filled by some internship period or a complimentary exam by an authority different to the academic, before being allowed to get into practice. While this is quite frequent in countries governed by common law, it is not often the case in those where the Napoleonic code is the base for their regulations.

Similarly to the above, there seems to be a consensus on identifying Continuing Professional Development (some times referred as Life Long Learning) as the only means to guarantee that architects can cope with the changes that happen along their professional life and maintain their abilities up to date.

Surprisingly, internship is only compulsory in 49 countries around the world (see the Architectural Practice around the World research in a previous post of this blog) and only in 35 of them it is structured and supervised. Similarly, only 58 countries have put in place some Continuing Professional Development system, which is compulsory in just 16 of them.

These two issues will undoubtedly need to evolve in the coming years. There will be an increasing demand to better structure and define them, making Internship and Continuing Professional Development progressively sophisticated and maintaining some kind of a logbook that keeps record of the progress made. At a certain point, compulsoriness will also come into the discussion in those countries where they are not yet so, as a prerequisite for practice and as evidence to the registering authorities that the required training has been completed before accessing the profession or while being into practice.

Click here for the English version of the abstract.
Click here for the Turkish version of the abstract.

2 comentarios:

  1. John Cruet Jr., AIA • I would have to respond to this post with the following question- are there any fully developed nations where internship is NOT a requisite for licensing?

  2. Lots of them!
    Internship is a requisite for licensing in just 36 countries around the world.
    Have a look at this publication: http://arquitectes.coac.net/farrando/blog/01_own_documents/APAW.pdf