Australia-UK FTA signals mutual recognition for architects

It will soon be easier for Australian architects to work in the UK, with negotiations on a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) in their final stages.

The Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, welcoming the signing of the free trade agreement between Australia and the United Kingdom on December 17, said the MRA was due to be finalized by mid-2022.

The arrangement will “facilitate the registration of an architect registered in the United Kingdom as an Australian architect or New Zealand architect; and the registration of an Australian architect or New Zealand architect as an architect in the United Kingdom.”

AACA CEO Kathlyn Loseby said the MRA was the culmination of years of engagement with the New Zealand and United Kingdom Architects Registration Boards, instigated under the leadership of former CEO Kate Doyle.

“While COVID-19 has put a halt temporarily to international travel and migration, we are forging ahead with this MRA so that when Australia’s borders re-open both our architects and our communities here will be poised to benefit from a much more straightforward skills recognition process,” Loseby said.

“Architects are among the most highly qualified professionals alongside the legal and medical fraternities. Architecture is also one of the professions that benefits most from collaboration. Recognising architects’ credentials globally will literally open up a whole new world of tremendous opportunities to transform the lived experience of our built environment.”

Source: Architecture - architectureau

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