Parliament: New law will make it easier for local architects to practise overseas

The Architects (Amendment) Bill will enable architects registered with the Board of Architects here to ply their trade in a "participating overseas jurisdiction", Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said.
The Architects (Amendment) Bill will enable architects registered with the Board of Architects here to ply their trade in a "participating overseas jurisdiction", Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - It will soon be easier for architects here to internationalise their businesses and practise overseas, under changes to the law approved in Parliament on Tuesday (Feb 28).

The Architects (Amendment) Bill will enable architects registered with the Board of Architects here to ply their trade in a "participating overseas jurisdiction", Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong told the House.

The new law will allow the Board of Architects to form arrangements with its foreign counterparts. This will require these foreign authorities to recognise architects registered in Singapore - allowing local architects to practise in these foreign countries.

Likewise, the Board here would also have to recognise foreign architects registered in those jurisdictions.

 
 
 

Mr Wong told the House that with globalisation, there is a greater likelihood of architects practising in foreign countries.

"Many of our locally-registered architects are well recognized for their skills and professionalism, and many of them are expanding their business overseas," he said, adding that the amendments to the Bill were timely, and would "enable our architects to operate more effectively in a globalised world".