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A candidate for registration as an APEC Architect must be currently registered / licensed or otherwise professionally recognised as an architect in the economy that maintains the section of the APEC Architect Register to which application for admission is made. Architects must demonstrate to the appropriate Monitoring Committee that they have completed an accredited / recognised program of architectural education, fulfilled pre-registration experience requirements, have practised for at least seven years as registered / licensed architects and satisfied any additional requirements, all in accordance with criteria determined by the Central Council. Architects may only be enrolled on the section of the APEC Architect Register in their home economy, unless otherwise provided by this Manual.

(Note: APEC Architect Registration applies only to individual persons, not to architectural practices or firms)


The following set of principles satisfies Central Council criteria for admission to the APEC Architect Register and the right to use the description ‘APEC Architect’.

1. Architectural Education

Educational Benchmark Statement

Education as an architect shall comprise at least four years of full time study. The education must be of university level, with architecture the principal component. It must maintain a balance between theoretical and practical aspects of architectural training and lead to the acquisition of the skills and knowledge necessary to underpin the required competence of an APEC Architect. Structured experiential learning, determined by the regulatory authority economy to be the equivalent of full-time architectural study as described above, would also satisfy the APEC Architect education requirements.

Common Elements of Architectural Education Programs

The core subject areas in an accredited/recognised program of architectural education are:

  • Design, as the predominant subject category
  • Technology and Environmental Science
  • Social, Cultural & Environmental Studies, and
  • Professional Studies.

Other subject areas within architectural educational programs may include:

  • Related Studies
  • General Education.

Accreditation / Recognition Procedure for Educational Programs in Architecture

Processes incorporating the following principles of good governance will satisfy the accreditation / recognition criteria for educational programs for an APEC Architect. The accrediting / recognising body should:

  • Have authority and, where appropriate, legal status and be transparent, independent and publicly accountable.
  • Have a structured process for the approval of qualifications and compliance with agreed standards.

The Central Council agrees to respect the accreditation / recognition procedures of each participating economy.

2. Fulfillment of Period of Pre-registration or Pre-licensing Experience for Recognition as an Architect in a Home Economy

Applicants for registration as an APEC Architect must have completed a prescribed period of practical pre-licensure or pre-registration diversified experience, as defined by the home economy, for a minimum period equivalent to a total of two years.

3. Fulfillment of Registration / Licensing Requirements for Recognition as an Architect in a Home Economy

The purpose of this criterion is, in the first instance, to establish eligibility for registration as an APEC Architect, not for registration in another economy.

Fulfillment of registration / licensing requirements for recognition as an architect in a home economy is accepted as meeting this criterion for an APEC Architect.

4. Professional Practice as a Registered / Licensed Architect

Applicants for registration as an APEC Architect must satisfy the home economy Monitoring Committee that they have completed a minimum period of professional practice of seven years; after initial registration / licensure as an architect in any participating economy. This experience must be gained in all of the following categories of architectural practice:

  • Preliminary studies and preparation of brief
  • Design
  • Contract Documentation
  • Administration

At least three years of that period must have been undertaken as an architect:

  • With sole professional responsibility for the design, documentation and contract administration of buildings of moderate complexity;
  • OR in collaboration with other architects, as an architect in charge of and professionally responsible for a significant aspect of the design, documentation and/or contract administration of complex buildings.

Practice Jurisdiction

Professional practice that satisfies the above requirements undertaken in any economy may be accepted by the relevant Monitoring Committee.

Currency of Practice

To ensure competence, APEC Architect candidates who have not practised in a position of professional responsibility within the preceding two years are subject to a requirement to undertake a program of professional development or fulfill other prescribed conditions to be admitted to the APEC Architect Register.


1. Admission to the APEC Architect Register

Candidates for registration as an APEC Architect must apply to the Monitoring Committee of their home economy to determine their eligibility for enrolment on that economy’s section of the Register. In addition to details on education, training and professional recognition in any APEC jurisdiction, candidates will be required to submit a report on their post registration / licensure professional experience, outlining the categories of practice in which it was undertaken and the level of their involvement.

APEC Architects must also agree to be bound by the code of professional conduct of their home economy and of any jurisdiction in which they practice.

Particulars of APEC Architects to be recorded on the Register include:

  • Name and business address;
  • Home economy or jurisdiction in which the architect is registered / licensed; and
  • Any other economy in which the architect is registered / licensed.

The registration numbers assigned to APEC Architects by Monitoring Committees are preceded by the following abbreviations of the name of the home economy:


Australia AU Republic of Mexico MX
Canada CA New Zealand NZ
People’s Republic of China CN Republic of the Philippines PH
Hong Kong, China HK Singapore SG
Japan JP Chinese Taipei CT
Republic of Korea KR Thailand TH
Malaysia MY United States of America US


Applications for admission to the APEC Architect Register are dealt with in a timely manner and will not normally exceed three months for completion. On admission to the Register, APEC Architects are issued with a Central Council Certificate of Registration by the home economy Monitoring Committee and an APEC Architect Identification Card bearing the architect’s name, name of home economy and date and currency of APEC Architect registration. On request, Monitoring Committees also provide relevant information to the regulatory authorities of other participating economies for registration purposes.

2. Maintaining APEC Architect Registration

APEC Architect registration is to be renewed on payment of an administration fee to a Monitoring Committee at intervals no greater than three years. Registration details are to be reviewed and renewed on application to practise in a host economy.

Renewal of registration is subject to compliance with home economy regulatory authority or Monitoring Committee requirements to undertake programs of continuing professional development, or fulfill other tests of current competence. The Monitoring Committee may impose conditions on architects who have not practised in a position of professional responsibility during the preceding three years.

The registration of an APEC Architect will be cancelled if the architect ceases to be registered / licensed in the designated home economy. The registration of APEC Architects found, subject to due process, to be in breach of the code of professional conduct of either their home economy, or a host economy, may be suspended by their home economy Monitoring Committee.

3. Acquired Rights

Should the authorisation of a Monitoring Committee be discontinued for any reason, APEC Architects enrolled in that economy may enrol on a database maintained by the Secretariat for this purpose, for a maximum period of two years. Alternatively they may apply for registration in a host economy and subsequent admission to the section of the APEC Architect Register in that economy.


The skills and knowledge required for admission to the APEC Architect Register

An APEC Architect must be competent to create architectural designs that:

  • Satisfy both aesthetic and technical requirements;
  • Are informed by the history and theories of architecture and the related arts, technologies and human sciences;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between people and buildings, and between buildings and their environment, and the need to relate buildings and the spaces between them to human needs and scale;
  • Respond to environmental concerns and address sustainability issues;
  • Show skill in land-use planning and the planning process;
  • Take account of cultural and social factors and demonstrate an understanding of the responsibility of an architect to society;

An APEC Architect must be competent to translate a design concept into built form and be able to:

  • Investigate and interpret design objectives and relevant issues and prepare the brief for a design project;
  • Advise on project evaluations, feasibility studies and programs;
  • Evaluate and determine structural, constructional and engineering elements of a building design and integrate the advice and design of specialist disciplines into a building project;.
  • Assess the physical influences on buildings and the technologies associated with providing internal conditions of comfort and protection against the climate, and coordinate and integrate services systems to control them;
  • Meet building users' requirements within the constraints imposed by cost factors and building regulations
  • Provide advice on issues of construction, procurement and contract administration;
  • Generate the documentation and information needed to translate a design concept into a building;
  • Manage the procurement of buildings, administer contractual arrangements and monitor their construction.

An APEC Architect must be competent in the practice of architecture and:

  • Observe legal and regulatory obligations related to the planning and construction of buildings;
  • Have adequate knowledge of the industries, organisations and procedures involved in the management and realisation of a design project as a building;
  • Observe the standards of conduct expected of a professional by the community;
  • Maintain competence in relevant aspects of the practice of architecture.


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