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ARCON inducts 217 architects, 16 firms

ARCON inducts 217 architects, 16 firms

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Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

The Architects Registration Council of Nigeria has inducted 216 newly-registered architects, 16 firms and six architectural technologists.

At the induction ceremony held in Abuja recently, the ARCON President, Aliyu Umaru, asked the inductees to lift the standards of the architecture profession, adding that the body would continue to work to increase the number of registered architects in the country.

Aliyu stated that was one certain way of combating and curbing the activities of quacks within the built environment, a trend, he noted had contributed to the frequent cases of collapsed buildings in the country.

According to him, by the registration of the new practitioners, the country now has about 5,000 registered architects.

He also stated that the council had introduced the ARCON Projects Registration Number system, which will provide the opportunity to raise the quality of building approvals and control quackery in the building profession.

The Registrar, ARCON, Umar Murnai, said he was happy with the approval by the National Universities Commission to upgrade departments of architecture to full faculties, adding that more architects would be trained in the country.

Murnai added that with more architects being admitted and trained in the country’s universities, there would be a check on the number of quacks, as well as reduction in the cases of collapsed buildings.

He explained that the APRN system was aimed at ensuring that only fully registered architects take design responsibility for all architectural projects and drawings accordingly before submission for town planning and implementation approvals.

“We came up with the APRN because we discovered that our tools have been compromised and I thank God that the new initiative is already working in Abuja. We have contacted other states too, and we are hopeful that, very soon, the APRN will be all over Nigeria,” he said.

Apart from protecting architecture, Murnai stated that the APRN would also help to raise architectural practice in terms of quality of work done by architects in the country.

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