UK and US architecture registration boards launch mutual recognition agreement

Images courtesy of the ARB/Brian Wheatley
The UK’s Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the US’ National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) have signed a mutual recognition agreement to allow architects to register to work in each country more smoothly.

Starting from the 25 April, it will be easier for eligible architects to become licensed and registered, establish professional contacts and perform professional services.

The agreement has taken over five years to come to fruition and is modelled after similar arrangements between the US and Canada, and Australia and New Zealand.

To apply to work in the other country, architects must hold a licence from their home licensing authority and be legally allowed to work in their registered locality.

The ARB and the NCARB are required to reassess their agreement every three years and implement updates where necessary.

Alan Kershaw, ARB’s chair, said: “The UK and US are among the world’s leaders in architecture. A mutual recognition agreement will reinforce this further, helping eligible professionals to register between the two countries, sharing their skills and services.”

UK architects can view more information about working abroad here.

More information on US eligibility and state-level jurisdictions is available here.

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