3 May 2021 :

Notice of Scheduled Downtime – 8 May 2021

Please note that ARB website will undergo a scheduled downtime from 00:00 HKT to 09:59 HKT on Saturday 8 May 2021 morning.

All functions of the website will temporarily be out of service during the downtime.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused.

Architects Registration Board
 
     
     
 

27 April 2021 :

Appointment to Government Boards and Committees

Authorized Persons’, Registered Structural Engineers’ and Registered Geotechnical Engineers (AP RSE RGE) Disciplinary Board Panel
Term of service: 3 years
(1 April 2021 – 31 March 2024)

Name of Appointees
LAM Siu Kwong, Andy
LAU Yuen Ping, Monika
TSANG Man Biu
WONG Chi Wai

 
     
     
 

31 Mar 2021 :

Circular No. 08/2021

List of ARB Payment Methods


Architects Registration Board (ARB) now accepts the following payment methods to facilitate registered architects in various types of payments:

Types of Payment Method
Ways
Online Payment
In Person
By Post
 FPS
ü
 Bank Transfer
ü
 PayMe
ü
 Alipay
ü
 Unionpay
ü
 Cheque
ü
ü
 By Cash
ü

Remarks:

1 Alipay and UnionPay are only for those Registered Architects who reside in Mainland China.
2 For online payments, please screen capture the confirmation page/email or scan the payment slip/receipt and email to fees@arb.org.hk with your full name and registration number.
3 By post: Architects Registration Board, 19/F, One Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.
4 By fax: 2519 6011 / 2519 3364.


For more details, please click here to download the Reply Slip on Payment Methods.

ARB reserves the right of final decision on the payment details, subject to the nature of items.

For inquiries, please contact the Secretariat by 3155 0433 or email at arbsec@arb.org.hk.

 
     
     
 

4 Mar 2021 :

Circular No. 06/2021

Dear Registered Architects,

Certification Letters


From time to time, Architects Registration Board (“ARB”) receives requests from Registered Architects (“R.A.”s) to issue certification letters. We would like to remind that certification letters will be issued only when the Certificate of Registration and/or Certificate for Renewal of Registration cannot on their own serve the purpose to inform the facts regarding the subject registered architect that are entered in the register. In all other circumstances, including but not limited to loss of certificate, R.A.s should report to ARB and apply for the reissuance of the certificate(s) at the prescribed fee in case of need.

Yours faithfully,

Queenie Wong
Registrar

 
     
     
 

3 Mar 2021 :

Appointment to Government Boards and Committees

Contractors Registration Committee Panel and
Contractors Registration Committee (CRCs)

Term of office: 2 years
(1 January 2021 – 31 December 2022)

Name of Appointees
CHAN Wing Lung
CHAN Yu Fai Steve
CHAU Chun Kit
CHO Wing Cheong Peter
IP Man Chung
IP Siu Fung
LI Chun Luen
LO Chun Wai
NGAN Man Ho
PAU Chi Hoi
SUEN Chung Keung
TANG Hing Fai
TO Pui Ka Kenny
WONG Hon Keung Max

Minor Works Contractors Registration Committee Panel and
Minor Works Contractors Registration Committee (MWCRCs)

Term of office: 2 years
(1 January 2021 – 31 December 2022)

Name of Appointees
AU Man Yi Kitty
FOK Yau Wa Patrick
IP Man Chung
NGAN Man Ho
TEOH Chaing Kuon Zena
YIP Sze Tsun

 
     
     
 

8 Feb 2021 :

ARB Opening Hours on Lunar New Year’s Eve

Please be informed of the opening hours of the Architects Registration Board (“ARB”) on Lunar New Year’s Eve, as follows:

11 February 2021 (Thursday) :
Counter service hours : 9:00am – 6:30pm

May we wish you a prosperous New Year!

Architects Registration Board

 
     
     
 

15 Jan 2021 :

Reduction of Fees on Application for Registration and Renewal of Registration Between January 2021 and December 2021

Circular No.: 03/2021

Dear Registered Architects,

Reduction of Fees on
Application for Registration and Renewal of Registration
Between January 2021 and December 2021


To counter the challenging economic environment, and to recuperate support for the architectural profession, the Architects Registration Board (“ARB”) adopted a reduction on the fees of application for registration and renewal for Registered Architects (“RAs”) in 2020.

As Hong Kong’s economy recovery remains uncertain, in consideration of the well-being of the architectural profession, ARB has decided to adopt a reduction of fees again in 2021, which covers application for registration and renewal of registration commencing 1 January 2021, for Registered Architects (RAs) with registration expiring in 2021. Such measure is to support the profession against a difficult economic downturn, which continues to prove challenging in 2021 for architects as well as the wider buildings and construction industry due to the global outbreak of COVID-19.

All ongoing applications for registration and renewal of registration in 2021 (for RAs with registration expiring on 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December 2021) will benefit from this fee reduction, with the following fee schedule:

Types of Fees
Original
Standard Fees
Reduced Fees
For registrations expiring on
31 March / 30 June /
30 September / 31 December
in 2021
Application for Registration
HK$ 1,800
HK$ 1,350
Application for Renewal of Registration
HK$ 1,300
HK$ 975
Fee for Extension of Time (EOT) for Registration of Renewal after the due date of Registration
HK$ 530
HK$ 530

The foregoing fee reduction will last for one year during 2021.

Thank you for your attention.

Yours faithfully,

Queenie Wong
Registrar

Encl.: PDF version

 
     
     
 

4 Jan 2021 :

Circular No.: 01/2021

Dear Registered Architects,

Potential Development Projects in Qianhai in 2021


Qianhai Authority (“QA”) has announced the key development projects in 2021, with two preliminary project lists* available in Chinese:

i. 前海投控公司2021年重點專案招標資訊表:
https://app.box.com/s/dzii2bfrflhxuk5x0p0m0fkrsud2jdwx
ii. 前海2021年社會投資專案招標資訊表:
https://app.box.com/s/o8d30o74nod1pd70kq3exiqi7ybge0nl

Tender Invitation of《前海深港廣場建築設計及景觀設計》

QA will launch the tender of《前海深港廣場建築設計及景觀設計》tentatively in January 2021, renowned international design organisations will be invited to take part.
For project details*, please visit the official website at http://qh.sz.gov.cn/sygnan/xxgk/xxgkml/zbcg/zbgg/content/post_8385211.html.

*Please refer to respective PRC / Qianhai departments and tender details for the latest information in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Queenie Wong
Registrar

 
     
     
 

23 Dec 2020 :

Notice of Scheduled Maintenance

Please note that our IT will perform routine maintenance from 00:00 on 25 December 2020 to 23:59 on 27 December 2020. The following services of this website will be affected during the mentioned dates/times:

- Search function of the Register (Registered Architects List)

All other functions of the website will not be affected during the maintenance window.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that may be caused.

Architects Registration Board

 
     
     
 

23 Dec 2020 :

ARB Special Working Hours on Christmas Eve

Please be informed that Architects Registration Board (“ARB”) will be closed earlier on Christmas Eve, as follows:

24 December 2020 (Thursday) : 9:00am – 1:00pm

May we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Architects Registration Board

 
     
     
 

14 Dec 2020 :

Circular No.: 29/2020

Dear Registered Architects,

粵港澳大灣區香港建築及工程業界備案管理暫行辦法


As announced in the 粵港澳大灣區新措施簡介會 held on 15 July 2020, there will be new measures to facilitate the construction and engineering related enterprises and professionals to start business and practice in the nine Mainland cities in the Greater Bay Area through a registration system to acquire equivalent Mainland qualifications for providing services in GBA.

The new measures 《香港工程建設諮詢企業和專業人士在粵港澳大灣區內地城市開業執業試點管理暫行辦法》have been promulgated by Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of Guangdong Province (DHURDGP, 廣東省住房和城鄉建設廳) for implementation from 1 January 2021. The new measures are attached for your information.

File : 香港工程建设咨询企业和专业人士在粤港澳大湾区内地城市开业执业试点管理暂行办法.pdf

Link: http://zfcxjst.gd.gov.cn/gkmlpt/content/3/3137/post_3137220.html#1423

Should you have any queries, please fill in the attached form and return to us by or before 6:00pm on 15 December 2020 (Tuesday) for our onward submission to DEVB for clarification.

Yours faithfully,

Queenie Wong
Registrar

 
     
     
 

09 Dec 2020 :

Circular No.: 28/2020

Early Closure of ARB Premises on 9 December 2020

Announcement


To provide a clean environment to members, the ARB Secretariat has arranged a disinfection service at office on 9 December 2020, Wednesday (today), from 5:30PM. Counter service at ARB Premises will be closed at 5:30PM today and it will resume normal on 10 December 2020, Thursday.
----------------------------------------------------

Counter Service at ARB Premises
19/F, One Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

9 December 2020, Wednesday
Opening hour: until 5:30 PM

10 December 2020, Thursday and afterwards
Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday and Public Holiday: Close

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In view of the latest rapid development of COVID-19 in Hong Kong, the ARB Secretariat adopts the flexible arrangement of allowing staff to work at home for mitigating the risks, the arrangement is to be extended to 18 December 2020. The ARB Office remains open at its normal office hours to provide Registered Architects (RAs) with essential and basic services. However, RAs are suggested to reduce number of physical visits to ARB Office, some services may need to be handled by phone or email. We plead for RAs’ kind consideration. The arrangement will be reviewed in accordance with the outbreak development.

ARB Secretariat


 
     
     
 

03 Dec 2020 :

Circular No.: 27/2020

Dear Registered Architects

New Measures in Qianhai – Consultancy Study

Following the new measures implemented in Qianhai through a registration system promulgated by Qianhai Authority (“QA”) effective from 1 October 2020 for a period of five years, QA has engaged the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) for a consultancy study on the measures. PolyU would like to conduct a survey on the feedback of the new measures, you are cordially invited to take part in this survey by 11 December 2020.

Please find below (i) the briefing material, (ii) the guidelines for enterprises, (iii) the guidelines for professionals, and (iv) QA’s responses to questions raised by Hong Kong professional institutions and associations for your information. All materials are available in Chinese only.

i. Briefing material: https://app.box.com/s/pxcqesu2h3iuq56clysr6bjwcw2ex958
ii. Guidelines for enterprises: https://app.box.com/s/gjpzq4bkiv6de09kurl8k0go74fq2356
iii. Guidelines for professionals: https://app.box.com/s/l1aj05yzfnzo3cq9z0n1s84o7s3195vj
iv. Q&A: https://app.box.com/s/2zahf4jt05eif3qtowwb18bozgr3xh8s


Your support is very much appreciated.

Yours sincerely
Queenie WONG (Ms.)
Registrar




 
     
     
 

02 Nov 2020 :

Circular No.: 25/2020

Dear Registered Architects

New Measures in Qianhai

Organized by the Development Bureau, a Policy Announcement Ceremony-cum-Briefing Session was held on 20 October 2020 to brief local architectural and engineering sectors on new measures which allow the Hong Kong consultants and contractors on the government lists to acquire equivalent Mainland qualifications in Qianhai through a registration system promulgated by Qianhai Authority (“QA”). Mr. Benny CHAN, ARB Chairman, Mr. Jeff CHENG, HKIA Council Member, and Mr. Michael KWOK, Member of Board of Mainland Affairs attended the briefing session.

Please find below (i) the briefing material, (ii) the guidelines for enterprises, (iii) the guidelines for professionals, and (iv) QA’s responses to questions raised by Hong Kong professional institutions and associations for your information. All materials are available in Chinese only.

i. Briefing material: https://app.box.com/s/pxcqesu2h3iuq56clysr6bjwcw2ex958
ii. Guidelines for enterprises: https://app.box.com/s/gjpzq4bkiv6de09kurl8k0go74fq2356
iii. Guidelines for professionals: https://app.box.com/s/l1aj05yzfnzo3cq9z0n1s84o7s3195vj
iv. Q&A: https://app.box.com/s/2zahf4jt05eif3qtowwb18bozgr3xh8s


The new measures in Qianhai have been effective from 1 October 2020 for a period of five years. The registration is open to eligible construction enterprises and professionals in Hong Kong, with application forms available.

Yours sincerely
Queenie Wong
Registrar




 
     
     
 

02 Nov 2020 :

Circular No.: 24/2020

PayMe is added to the List of ARB Payment Methods

Announcement


Architects Registration Board is pleased to announce that PayMe has also been set up as one of the payment methods, full table of which can be found below.
Types of Payment Method
Ways
Online Payment
In Person
FPS
(A/C # 166608067)
ü
Bank Transfer
(HSBC # 023-879752-838
BOC # 012-820-0-001083)
ü

PayMe


ü
Alipay
(for those who reside in Mainland China only)
ü
Unionpay
(for those who reside in Mainland China only)
ü
Cash
ü
Cheque (by post)
ü

Remarks:
1. Alipay and UnionPay are only for those Registered Architects who reside in Mainland China.
2. For online payments, please screen capture the confirmation page/email or scan the payment slip/receipt and email to fees@arb.org.hk with your full name and registration number.
3. By post: Architects Registration Board, 19/F, One Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.
4. By fax: 2519 6011 / 2519 3364.


ARB reserves the right of final decision on the payment details, subject to the nature of items.

For inquiries, please contact the Secretariat by 2805 7298 or email at fees@arb.org.hk.





 
     
     
 

02 Nov 2020 :

Circular No.: 23/2020

Dear Registered Architects,

Nomination to Authorized Persons’, Registered Structural Engineers’ and
Registered Geotechnical Engineers’ Disciplinary Board Panel
Under Section 5A of the Buildings Ordinance (Cap. 123)


The Architects Registration Board, HKSAR, is invited by the Buildings Department (“BD”) to nominate 5 Registered Architects (“RAs”) to the Authorized Persons’, Registered Structural Engineers’ and Registered Geotechnical Engineers’ Disciplinary Board (“AP RSE RGE DB”) Panel. The tenure of appointment will be 3 years commencing 1 April 2021.

Criteria as set by the BD
(a) MUST be an Authorized Person (“AP”);
(b) Must NOT be a member of the following Committees:
- Authorized Persons Registration Committee OR
- Structural Engineers Registration Committee and Geotechnical Engineers’ Registration Committee OR
- Contractors Registration Committee OR
- Minor Works Contractors Registration Committee;
(c) Should NOT be serving more than 6 government boards or committees concurrently (including the proposed nomination to serve in AP RSE RGE DB Panel);
(d) Should NOT have sat in the AP RSE RGE DB Panel for more than 6 years by end of March 2021.
(e) Younger person where appropriate is preferred.

Hearing will be conducted on need-basis and panel member appointed as member of the disciplinary board will be remunerated at HK$2,500 per day / HK$1,250 per half day, inclusive of traveling expenses.

Since the captioned Panel is an important external representation, ARB prefers the nominees to possess at least 15-year RA and AP experiences. In order to assist ARB in assessing the nominees, please complete and return the following:

- Form 1 (as required by BD);
- Form 2 (as required by ARB);
- Your up-to-date CV

To ensure a well-balanced representation, ARB would take into account gender balance and all age groups in participation in such advisory and statutory bodies, where appropriate.

Should you be interested in being nominated to the captioned Panel, please return to ARB Secretariat arbsec@arb.org.hk no later than 20 November 2020 with the above documents as required.

Please feel free to contact ARB Secretariat at tel: 2805 7298 or by email to arbsec@arb.org.hk if you have any queries.

Yours faithfully,

Queenie Wong
Registrar




 
     
     
 

07 Oct 2020 :

Circular No.: 22/2020

Dear Registered Architects,

Invitation to Nomination of Registered Architects to Contractors Registration Committees Panel and Contractors Registration
Committees (CRCs) under the Buildings Ordinance (Tenure 2021/2022)


Further to our Circular No. 17/2020 dated 21 August 2020 appended below regarding the invitation by the Buildings Department (“BD”) to nominate registered architects (“RAs”) for the BD’s consideration of appointment to the captioned Committees for the next term of two years commencing 1 January 2021, the Secretariat received a total of 8 applications from RAs. As the number of applications requested by BD is 13, on behalf of ARB, I write to invite the second round of indication of interest to participate in the CRCs. For details, please refer to the email below and the attached letter from BD, which are self-explanatory.

Should you be interested in being nominated to the CRCs, please return to ARB Secretariat arbsec@arb.org.hk on or before noon 14 October 2020 with the following documents as required:
- Appendix F: Your up-to-date CV; and
- Appendix G: Reply Slip (attachment)

Those who have already responded to the first round of invitation are not required to re-submit your application.

Please feel free to contact Ms. Christine Lau, Manager, at 2805 7084 or Ms. Rina Leung, Officer, at 2805 7298 or by email to (arbsec@arb.org.hk) should you have any queries.

Yours faithfully,

Queenie Wong
Registrar




 
     
     
 

21 Aug 2020 :

Circular No.: 17/2020

Dear Registered Architects,

Invitation to Nomination of Registered Architects to Contractors Registration Committees (CRCs)
under the Buildings Ordinance (Tenure 2021/2022)


The Architects Registration Board, HKSAR (“ARB”), is invited by the Buildings Department (“BD”) to nominate not less than 13 registered architects (“RAs”) for the BD’s consideration of appointment to the captioned Committees for the next term of two years commencing 1 January 2021. For details, please refer to the attached letter from BD, which is self-explanatory.

The function and composition of the CRCs for registered general building contractors (RGBC) and registered specialist contractors (RSC) are listed in Appendix A for your information.

Please note that a nominee should satisfy the following criteria as set by BD:
a. Must be an Authorized Person;
b. Must not be a member of the Authorized Persons’, Registered Structural Engineers’ and Registered Geotechnical Engineers’ Disciplinary Board Panel or the Registered Contractors’ Disciplinary Board Panel;
c. Should not be serving more than 6 government boards or committees concurrently (including the nomination to serve in CRCs and/or Minor Works CRCs);
d. Should not be a member who would have served in the CRC Panel for more than 4 years cumulatively through a life span, as on 31 December 2020;
e. Must be able to speak and understand both Chinese and English;
f. Should be an experienced practitioner in the construction industry; and
g. Should be available for attending CRC meetings which may be held around 2 sessions per month.


I am obliged to draw your attention to the following fact that

1. Please refer to Appendix B for list of current and recent members of the CRCs nominated by ARB;
2. The appointed members are required to undertake to hold information in confidence, to declare conflict of interest and to inform me when they are no longer suitable to be appointed. Please refer Appendix C for reference.
3. For undertaking by members of CRC Panel and CRC, please refer to Appendix D for details.
4. The BD may disclose to the public, without necessarily obtaining consent from members, information about the appointed members and meetings. Please refer to Appendix E for details. Upon appointment, the Secretary of Home Affairs will invite members to provide their personal particulars and the secretary of the CRC will keep records and in the interests of transparency; such records will be disclosed to the public on request.


To ensure a well-balanced representation, ARB would take into account gender balance and all age groups in participation in such advisory and statutory bodies, where appropriate.

Should you be interested in being nominated to the captioned Committees, please return to ARB Secretariat arbsec@arb.org.hk on or before noon 28 August 2020 with the following documents as required:
- Appendix F: Your up-to-date CV; and
- Appendix G: Reply Slip (attachment)

Please feel free to contact Ms. Christine Lau, Manager, at 2805 7084 or Ms. Rina Leung, Officer, at 2805 7298 or by email to (arbsec@arb.org.hk) should you have any queries.

Yours sincerely,

Queenie Wong
Registrar




 
     
     
 

3 Aug 2020 :

ARB Circular: 16/2020

Announcement

List of ARB Payment Methods


Architects Registration Board now accepts more payment methods to facilitate registered architects in various types of payments. 

Types of Payment Method
Ways
Online Payment
In Person
FPS
(A/C # 166608067)
v
Bank Transfer
(HSBC # 023-879752-838
BOC # 012-820-0-001083)
v
Alipay
(for those who reside in Mainland China only)
v
Unionpay
(for those who reside in Mainland China only)
v
Cash
v
Cheque (by post)
v


Remarks:
1. Alipay and Unionpay are only for those Registered Architects who reside in Mainland China.
2. For online payments, please screen capture the confirmation page/email or scan the payment slip/receipt and email to arbsec@arb.org.hk with your full name and registration number
3. By post: Architects Registration Board, 19/F, One Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.
4. By fax: 2519 6011 / 2519 3364


ARB reserves the right of final decision on the payment details, subject to the nature of items.
For inquiries, please contact the Secretariat at tel. 2805 7298 or by email to arbsec@arb.org.hk



 
     
     
 

30 July 2020 :

Circular No.: 15/2020

Dear Registered Architects,

The Architects Registration Board, HKSAR (“ARB”), is invited by the Buildings Department (“BD”) to nominate not less than 6 registered architects (“RAs”) for the BD’s consideration of appointment to the captioned Panel and Committee for the next term of two years commencing 2 January 2021. For details, please refer to the attached letter from BD, which is self-explanatory.

The function and composition of the MWCRC Panel and MWCRCs are enclosed in Appendix A for your information.

Please note that a nominee should satisfy the following criteria as set by BD:
a. Must be an Authorized Person;
b. Must not be a member of the Authorized Persons’, Registered Structural Engineers’ and Registered Geotechnical Engineers’ Disciplinary Board Panel or the Registered Contractors’ Disciplinary Board Panel;
c. Should not be serving more than 6 government boards or committees concurrently (including the proposed nomination to serve in the Contractors Registration Committees for Registered General Building Contractors, Registered Specialist Contractors and/or MWCRC);
d. Should not be a member of the who have served in the MWCRC Panel for more than 4 years cumulatively through a life span, as on 31 December 2020;
e. Should not be a government officer;
f. Must be able to speak and understand both Chinese and English;
g. Should be available for attending meetings which may be held around 1 session per month; and
h. Younger person where appropriate is preferred.


I am obliged to draw your attention to the following fact that

1. MWCRC Panel and MWCRC are public bodies under the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (“PBO”). Members are therefore public servants and have to abide by the PBO. Please refer to Appendix B which is the guidelines on declaration of interests by members as recommended by ICAC.
2. The appointed members are required to undertake to hold information in confidence, to declare conflict of interest and to inform me when they are no longer suitable to be appointed. In this connection, a sample undertaking letter is attached in Appendix C for reference.
3. The BD may disclose to the public, without necessarily obtaining consent from members, information about the appointed members and meetings. Please refer to Appendix D for details. Upon appointment, the Secretary of Home Affairs will invite members to provide their personal particulars to the Central Personality Index database.


To ensure a well-balanced representation, ARB would take into account gender balance and all age groups in participation in such advisory and statutory bodies, where appropriate.

Should you be interested in being nominated to the captioned Committee/Panel, please return to ARB Secretariat arbsec@arb.org.hk on or before 17 August 2020 with the following documents as required:
- Appendix E: Your up-to-date CV; and
- Appendix F: Reply Slip (attachment)

Please feel free to contact Ms. Christine Lau at 2805 7084/ christinelau@arb.org.hk should you have any queries.

Yours sincerely,
Queenie Wong
Registrar




 
     
     
 

29 July 2020 :

網上公眾簡報會
Chinese version only


應考香港建築專業測評的認可學歷 -
就認可英國課程的過渡性安排


é英聯邦建築師協會û 最近更新其認可的建築學專業課程名單。 為釋除學生、家長及公眾對此事的疑慮,é香港建築師學會ûé香港特別行政區建築師註冊管理局û 於今天下午舉辦網上公眾簡報會,以闡述事件的背景、就認可英國課程的過渡性安排,以及未來的發展。

出席簡報會的講者為:
香港建築師學會會長 李國興建築師
建築師註冊管理局主席 陳澤斌建築師
香港建築師學會原會長 陳沐文建築師
香港建築師學會教育事務部主席
暨建築師註冊管理局教育
及評審資格委員會主席

蘇晴建築師

是次簡報會共有逾150名人士參與。 如欲重看簡報會錄影片段及簡報資料,請按此。https://www.hkia.net/en/whats-on.html?id=7367





 
     
     
 

27 July 2020 :

Press Release

Transitional Arrangement for Recognising UK Architectural Educational Qualifications as Eligibility for
Taking Professional Assessment in Hong Kong


[ Hong Kong ● 22 July 2020 ] To become a Registered Architect in Hong Kong, the normal route is to pass the Professional Assessment jointly organised by The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

To be qualified to sit for the HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment, a candidate should have the required educational qualifications, together with a minimum of two years professional practical experience.

[For details of the current routes to become Registered Architect, and the HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment System, please refer to Annex I]

Architectural Education Programmes recognised by HKIA/ARB

In order to ensure the standard of candidates sitting for our HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment, only those graduates from the professional architectural education programmes accepted by HKIA/ARB will be admitted.

Besides the local educational programmes directly accredited by HKIA/ARB, HKIA/ARB also recognise non-local professional architectural education programmes in China, USA, Australia and New Zealand which are accredited by the corresponding national authorities.

Moreover, the professional architectural programmes recognised by the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) are also accepted by HKIA/ARB as the required education qualifications for taking the HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment.

The current list of the professional architectural education programmes accredited or recognised by HKIA/ARB are as follows: -https://www.hkia.net/en/doc/PA/Accredited_Professional_Programme_Lists_2019.pdf

Changes in CAA recognition lists

Starting 1 February 2020, CAA revised its list of architectural educational qualifications recommended for recognition.

The revised list includes architectural programmes validated directly by CAA only, while those architectural programmes recognised by national validation procedures previously recognised by CAA, such as the programmes in United Kingdom (UK), New Zealand and Australia, have been removed from the list.

As HKIA currently has mutual recognition arrangement with the accreditation authorities of Australia and New Zealand, HKIA/ARB will continue to recognise the national accredited architectural programmes in these two countries.

However, there is no such mutual recognition arrangement for academic credentials with UK. Hence those architectural education programmes in UK will no longer be on the list recognised by HKIA/ARB.

Special Transitional Arrangement concerning UK Architectural Education Programmes

After due consideration for the interest of Hong Kong students, HKIA and ARB have decided to make special transitional arrangement. As such, those students who commence their architectural education programmes in the UK in the academic year of 2021/22 or before would NOT be affected, provided that the UK programmes concerned are on the 2019 list of the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) [i.e. “Qualifications in Architecture Recommended for Recognition (by national validation procedures recognised by CAA)” http://www.comarchitect.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/CAA-list-of-Qualifications-Recommended-for-recognition1-1.pdf ].

Upon graduation from the professional architectural programmes, this cohort will be deemed as having attained the recognised educational qualifications for applying for HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment – same as the current admission process.

However, HKIA/ARB would like to alert students who desire to enroll for, and start their architectural studies in the UK in the academic year of 2022/23 or after. Upon graduation, they will be required to apply for the HKIA Academic Qualifying Assessment (AQA) for individual assessment, same as other graduates with educational qualifications not on the list recognised by HKIA/ARB, before they could sit for the HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment. [Please refer to Annex II for details of the current AQA practice].

Way Forward

HKIA is a signatory under the Canberra Accord on Architectural Education, which means that the professional architectural degree accredited by HKIA/ARB are recognised as significantly comparable to the degrees accredited by other national signatory agencies, including USA, Canada, China, Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Mexico, as well as CAA.

Currently HKIA already has mutual recognition arrangement on the accredited academic qualifications with Mainland China, Australia and New Zealand. HKIA shall continuously explore opportunities of entering into mutual recognition for academic credentials with other overseas counterparts.

HKIA will proactively disseminate the information to secondary schools, international schools and educational bodies in Hong Kong, as well as the public, so as to facilitate students to make informed choices when considering their future overseas studies. The HKIA Secretariat will also help address any queries from students or parents in this regard (Tel: 2511-6323 / Email: hkiasec@hkia.org.hk).

Summary

The table below summarises the key points of the transitional measures for a period of two years for students of UK architectural programmes in the 2019 CAA list of Qualifications in Architecture Recommended for Recognition (http://www.comarchitect.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/CAA-list-of-Qualifications-Recommended-for-recognition1-1.pdf):-

Year of Commencement of a Programme
Status
Upon Graduation
2020/21
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2021/22
Same as the non-local professional architectural programmes currently recognised by HKIA/ARB Graduates would be recognised as having attained the educational qualifications for applying for HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment
2022/23 or After Programme no longer on the list recognised by HKIA/ARB Graduates need to go through the individual assessment (Academic Qualifying Assessment) on the eligibility for Professional Assessment

For details of eligibility for HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment, please refer to: https://www.hkia.net/en/pdf/PA/PA_Handbook_revised_2017.pdf

For public (including students and parents) enquiry, please contact HKIA Secretariat: Tel: 2511-6323 / Email : hkiasec@hkia.org.hk.

Annex I

Annex II



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Supplementary Information

Transitional Arrangement for Recognising UK Architectural Educational
Qualifications as Eligibility for Taking Professional Assessment in Hong Kong


The Hong Kong Institute of Architect (HKIA) has issued the press release on “Transitional Arrangement for Recognising UK Architectural Educational Qualifications as Eligibility for Taking Professional Assessment in Hong Kong” on 22 July 2020. Following the issuance, we notice that many students are concerned about whether they can sit for the Professional Assessment jointly organised by HKIA and the Architects Registration Board (ARB) of the HKSAR upon their graduation from architectural programmes in the United Kingdom (UK) in the future. In this regard, HKIA would like to elaborate further.

Firstly, it is not HKIA taking the initiative to “de-recognise” UK architectural programmes.

After the handover of Hong Kong in 1997, HKIA had been liaising with the Architects Registration Board of the UK (ARB(UK)) for mutual recognition arrangement of architectural education. Unfortunately, there has been no positive response from ARB(UK). Since HKIA is a member of the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA), all along, basing on the CAA list of architectural educational qualifications recommended for recognition, HKIA can indirectly recognise UK architectural programmes unilaterally.

However, starting 1 February 2020, CAA revised its list of architectural educational qualifications recommended for recognition, with UK programmes being officially removed from the list. Consequentially, there is now no ground to continue including UK programmes in the list of professional architectural education programmes recognised by HKIA/ARB.

After due consideration, HKIA and ARB have decided to make special transitional arrangement for a period of two years. The transitional arrangement would apply to both pre-professional architectural degrees (Part 1) and professional architectural degrees (Part 2). HKIA/ARB would like to alert students who desire to enroll for Part 1 programmes in the UK within the two-year transitional period to pay special attention. The transitional measures for Part 2 UK programmes (or programmes equivalent to professional architectural degrees) would also not be applicable from the academic year of 2022/23 or after.

Despite the above arrangement, architectural graduates from the UK in future would still be able to sit for HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment through another route.

Students enrolled for UK programmes in the academic year of 2022/23 or thereafter can apply for, upon their graduation, the Academic Qualifying Assessment (AQA) for assessing their eligibility for sitting for the HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment. It is the same route having been taken by other graduates with educational qualifications not on the list of programmes accredited or recognised by HKIA/ARB, such as graduates from Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Peru, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, etc.

AQA has been HKIA’s well established mechanism for many years. Applicants are required to submit their school transcripts and portfolio for HKIA to assess the educational standard. There are a number of precedents of graduates from non-HKIA/ARB recognised programmes being able to go through the AQA and be allowed to take the Professional Assessment. According to the expert views of educators and HKIA veteran members who are experienced in qualification assessment, the UK programmes which were in the CAA list prior to February this year had been accredited by ARB(UK) (note: not by The Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA). Based on the established standard of these programmes, it is believed that their graduates would perform no worse than those graduated from other overseas programmes not on the HKIA/ARB list of recognition in passing the AQA to sit for the Professional Assessment.

As a summary, students who desire to pursue their architectural studies in the UK can still be eligible for taking the Professional Assessment through the AQA route.

In its latest revision, apart from UK programmes, CAA has also removed architectural programmes accredited by Australia and New Zealand from its list. HKIA has signed mutual recognition arrangement with the accreditation authorities of Australia and New Zealand since 2010 and 2012 respectively. Under the agreement, graduates from Hong Kong’s professional architectural programmes accredited by HKIA/ARB are being accepted by the Australia and New Zealand authorities of having standard equivalent to graduates of their recognised programmes, and can therefore sit for the architectural professional assessment in the two nations, and vice versa. As such, the changes in CAA recognition list would not affect graduates of HKIA/ARB recognised professional architectural programmes from Australia and New Zealand.



 
     
     
 

22 July 2020 :

HKIA Circular No.: 31/2020
ARB Circular No.: 14/2020

Dear HKIA Members and ARB Registered Architects


New Measures in the Greater Bay Area


Organized by the Development Bureau, a briefing session was held on 15 July 2020 to brief local architectural and engineering sectors on new measures under the Interim Guidelines for the Management of Hong Kong Engineering Construction Consultant Enterprises and Professionals Starting Business and Practising in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Cities (Interim Guidelines) which facilitate enterprises and professionals in starting businesses and practising in the nine cities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA). Mr. Benny CHAN, ARB Chairman, Mr. Felix LI, HKIA President and Dr. Dickie LAU, HKIA Council Member cum Chairman of Board of Mainland Affairs attended the briefing session.

Please find below (i) the group photo, (ii) the briefing material and (iii) the information sheet on the new measures in the GBA for your information.
(i) Group photo: https://www.devb.gov.hk/filemanager/en/content_69/20200715PR_01.html
(ii) Briefing Material (Chinese only): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WSfcd0tvbE75gMj6qzavhwc2U4yHOl0a/view
(iii) Information Sheet (Chinese only): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vIx0QRov9gYydPOiUlTsR-xBdXrhQBnQ/view

The press release and the video of the briefing can be found via the following links:
• Press release: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202007/15/P2020071500512.htm
• Video: https://www.facebook.com/DevelopmentBureau/videos/275983270359754/

As regards the classification and scope of services of the corresponding Mainland companies (Annex 1 of the Information Sheet), the relevant information can be found via the following link: http://www.mohurd.gov.cn/zyglgd/bz/index.html

The new measure in Hengqin has been implemented since December 2019 and the registration is open to eligible construction enterprises and professionals in Hong Kong. Details of the new measure including application forms can be found via the following link: http://www.hengqin.gov.cn/jshbj/ywgz/content/post_2511790.html

Yours sincerely

Queenie WONG (Ms.)
HKIA Chief Operating Officer cum ARB Registrar



 
     
     
 

24 June 2020 :

[Circular No.: 12/2020]

Dear Registered Architects,


Call for Your Participation to ARB Committees 2020 - 2022


Architects Registration Board, HKSAR (“ARB”), is a statutory body formed under the Architects Registration Ordinance (Cap. 408) and is empowered to provide for the registration of architects and disciplinary control of the professional activities of registered architects, and for related matters. It operates with the following four Committees enacted by sections 9(b) and 17 of the Ordinance:

o Education and Accreditation Committee (“EAC”)
o House Committee
o Legal Affairs Committee (“LAC”); and
o Registration Committee (“RC”).

On behalf of ARB, I write to invite your indication of interest to participate in our two Committees (LAC and RC) for term starting 1 September 2020 – 16 May 2022. Attached please find the list of ARB Committees and the relevant term of reference for your information. By serving on the Committees, you will be able to gain experience in ARB’s operation and contribute to the advancement of its works and services.

The key requirements on Committee member are:
1. Willingness to contribute to provide discerning inputs; and
2. Commitment to share the workload of the Committees.

Frequency of the Committee meetings will be determined by respective Committee Chairpersons.

If you are interested in joining the Committee(s), please complete the reply slip stating your preferences and return it to the Secretariat by 21 July 2020.

The selection and appointment of members to Committees will be at the discretion of the ARB. Notification of appointment for 2020-2022 will be made in August 2020.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Secretariat, Ms. Rina LEUNG or Ms. Christine LAU, at 2805 7298 or 2805 7084 respectively.

We look forward to working with you.

Yours sincerely,

Queenie Wong
Registrar
Architects Registration Board, HKSAR

PDF version

 
     
     
 

19 May 2020 :

[ARB Circular 08/2020]

Dear Registered Architects,


ARB's Response to Registered Architects' Concern Over a Petition on Sing Tao Daily Dated 30 September 2019


Referring to our circular to Registered Architects (RAs) on 6 December 2019 on the captioned matter [ARB Circular 14/2019], the Architects Registration Board (“ARB”) wishes to update RAs of the following actions which have been taken as part of our investigation concerning the subject advertisement published in Sing Tao Daily (“Newspaper”) on 30 September 2019 (“Subject Advertisement”):

- ARB has identified 138 names or initials using the title(s) of “Architect” or “Registered Architect” in the Subject Advertisement that could not match any name of any registered architect in the Register. Legal advice has been sought. It appears that relevant provision(s) under ss.31 of the Architects Registration Ordinance (“ARO”) might have been contravened.

- In this regard and for the purpose of further investigation into this matter, letters have been issued to Sing Tao Limited (i.e., the publisher of the Newspaper) by ARB (through itself and its legal representative) on 25 October 2019, 19 November 2019 and 2 January 2020 respectively requesting for the disclosure of the identity(ies) and contact method(s) of the person(s) or entity(ies) placing the Subject Advertisement. However, no response from Sing Tao Limited has been received.

- Since no cooperation could be solicited from Sing Tao Limited, upon the advice of the legal adviser, ARB has reported the suspected criminal offence to the Police for further investigation, on 8 May 2020 by mail and on 13 May 2020 via e-Report Centre.

Yours sincerely,

Queenie Wong
Registrar
Architects Registration Board, HKSAR

PDF Version



 
     
     
 

15 May 2020 :

Results of HKIA Appointment to Architects Registration Board (“ARB”)
2020 - 2022 under Architects Registration Ordinance (Cap. 408)

In accordance with sections 4(1) and 4(3) of Architects Registration Ordinance, Laws of Hong Kong, the Council of HKIA at its meeting on 25 April 2020 appointed the following 10 HKIA members (in alphabetical order) for 2 years

1) CHAN Chak Bun Benny (Re-appointment)
2) CHAN Chiu Ming (Re-appointment)
3) CHAN Chung Yee Albert (New appointment)
4) CHEUNG Kong Yeung Thomas (New appointment)
5) FONG Suet Yuen Carolin (Re-appointment)
6) LEE Siu Wing Ivy (New appointment)
7) LEUNG Hay Lin Helen (New appointment)
8) LEUNG Kit Man Andy (New appointment)
9) SO Ching (New appointment)
10) TAM Kwok Chi (Re-appointment)

Together with the Mr. HO Ying Kit Tony, member appointed by the Chief Executive under Section 4(2) of ARO, the ARB 2020 - 2022 would take office on 17 May 2020.

Please click the following for the Gazette notice published by the government: CHI Version | ENG Version



 
     
     
 

16 March 2020 :

One off 25% Reduction of Fee on Application for Registration and Renewal of Registration betw Jan 2020 and Dec 2020



ARB Circular: 03/2020

Date: 16 March 2020

Dear Registered Architects,

One off 25% Reduction of Fee on
Application for Registration and Renewal of Registration
Between January 2020 and December 2020


The ARB in consideration of the well-being of the architectural profession has in December 2019 decided to adopt a one-off 25% reduction on fees for application of registration and renewal starting 1 January 2020, which would cover all Registered Architects (RAs) with registration expiring in 2020. The decision was made with a view to support the profession against a difficult economic downturn, which continues to prove challenging in 2020 for architects as well as the wider buildings and construction industry due to the global outbreak of COVID-19.

All ongoing applications for registration and renewal in 2020 (for RAs with registration expiring on 31 March 2020, 30 June 2020, 30 September 2020 and 31 December 2020) will benefit from this one-off fee reduction, with the following fee structure:
HK$
Original Fee up to
31 December 2019
Fee Starting from
1 January 2020
Application for Registration
$1,800-
$1,350-
Application for Renewal of Registration
$1,300-
$975-
Fee for Extension of Time for Registration of Renewal After the Due Date of Registration
$530-
$530-

The foregoing fee reduction lasts for one year during 2020.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Yours sincerely,
William Tseng, FHKIA AP RA APEC Architect
Chairman

Encl.: PDF version


 
     
     
 

11 March 2020 :

Invitation of Nomination to Architects Registration Board ("ARB") 2020-2022 under Architects Registration Ordinance (Cap. 408)



For details, please click: here

 
     
     
 

22 January 2020 :

Appointment to Government Boards and Committees



Authorized Persons Registration Committee / Panel (APRC)
Term of office: 2 years
(1 January 2020 – 31 December 2021)

Name of Appointees:
CHAN Wing Lung
CHEUNG Kong Yeung
CHIU Hang Mei Mary Grace
CHUI Pak Chung Patrick
IP Kar Wai Kelvin
LAM Yat Fai Kenny
LEE So Kwan Doris
LEUNG Hon Ming
TAM Kwok Chi
WAN Yiu Keung
WONG Ying Fai


Geotechnical Engineers Registration Committee / Panel (GERC)
Term of office: 2 years
(1 January 2020 – 31 December 2021)

Name of Appointees:
CHIU Hon Hang
CHO Wing Cheong Peter


Structural Engineers Registration Committee / Panel (SERC)
Term of office: 2 years
(1 January 2020 – 31 December 2021)

Name of Appointees:
CHIU Hon Hang
YUNG Chung Kwong


Inspectors Registration Committee / Panel (IRC)
Term of office: 2 years
(1 January 2020 – 31 December 2021)

Name of Appointees:
CHENG Chung Leung
SO Ping Hung


 
     
     
 

23 December 2019 :

ARB Special Working Hours on Christmas Eve



Please be informed that ARB will be closed earlier on 24 December, 2019 (Tuesday) for the Christmas Eve.

24 December, 2019 (Tuesday) 9:00am – 1:00pm

May we wish you a Warm Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Architects Registration Board

 
     
     
 

11 December 2019 :

Reduction of Fee on Application for Registration and Renewal of Registration between January 2020 and December 2020



ARB Circular: 15 / 2019

11 December 2019

Dear Registered Architects,

Reduction of Fee on Application for Registration and Renewal of Registration
Between January 2020 and December 2020


Over the past few months, local social unrest has hit the local economy hard. The buildings and construction industry has suffered a heavy blow and would still be very much hard-hit and facing a lot of uncertainties.

To counter the increasingly challenging economic environment, and to recuperate support for the architectural profession, the ARB has decided to adopt a one-off reduction on the fee of application for registration and renewal starting 1 January 2020 for Registered Architects (“RAs”) with registration expiring in 2020.

Please see the following new fee structure:
HK$
Current Fee up to 31 December 2019
Starting 1 January 2020
For RAs whose registration (br /> expiring on
31 March 2020, 30 June 2020
30 September 2020, 31 December 2020

Application for Registration
$1,800-
$1,350-
Application for Renewal of Registration
$1,300-
$975-
Fee for Extension of Time for Registration of Renewal After the Due Date of Registration
$530-
$530-

All RAs will be notified of their renewal in the form specified by the Board not earlier than 3 months and not later than 28 days prior to the expiry of the current registration under section 16(2) of the Architects Registration Ordinance (Cap. 408).

The foregoing fee reduction will last for one year during 2020.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Yours sincerely,
Queenie Wong
Registrar

Encl.: PDF version


 
     
     
 

12 November 2019 :

Special Announcement



In view of the current social and traffic situation, the Causeway Bay office of the ARB will open until 5:00pm today. Thank you for your kind attention.

 
     
     
 

11 November 2019 :

Special Announcement



In view of the current social and traffic situation, the Causeway Bay office of the ARB will open until 5:00pm today. Thank you for your kind attention.

 
     
     
 

01 November 2019 :

Appointment of Registrar, Architects Registration Board, HKSAR



The Architects Registration Board (“ARB”) hereby announces the appointment of Ms. Queenie Wong as the Registrar commencing 1 November 2019 under Section 11 of the Architects Registration Ordinance (Cap. 408), until further notice.

Queenie Wong, whose appointment was approved by the Board on 29 October 2019, is the Chief Operating Officer and Registrar of The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (“HKIA”) since February 2019. With the statutory appointment of ARB Registrar, Queenie will be responsible for the daily operation of the Joint Secretariat of HKIA and ARB.

The Board is grateful for Ms. Vivian Sie, Senior Manager, for her alacrity to act the key role of Interim Registrar with continuity after the retirement of the former Registrar. Upon completion of the acting appointment ending 31 October 2019, Vivian will continue to effectively support the Board and the Joint Secretariat.

William Tseng, FHKIA, Registered Architect
Chairman, Architects Registration Board, HKSAR

Please click the link for PDF version
 
     
     
 

27 September 2019 :

Result Announcement of HKIA Appointment to Architects Registration Board ("ARB") under Architects Registration Ordinance (Cap. 408)



In accordance with sections 4(1) and 4(3) of Architects Registration Ordinance ("ARO"), Laws of Hong Kong, the Council of HKIA appointed the following HKIA member to ARB with effective from 27 September 2019 to 16 May 2020, both dates inclusive.

TAM Kwok Chi

Please click the following for the Gazette notice published by the government: CHI Version | ENG Version

 
     
     
 

27 September 2019 :

Result of Joint HKIA-ARB Professional Interview and Non-Local Architectural Professionals (NLAP) (27 September 2019)



Please click here for the result of the Professional Interview.

25 out of 35 PA candidates (71.4%) passed the Professional Interview.

Please click here for the result of the Professional Interview for NLAP.

6 out of 8 applicants (75%) passed the Professional Interview for NLAP.

 
     
     
 

15 August 2019 :

Invitation for Nominations to Government Boards and Committees



The Buildings Department is inviting ARB to make nominations to the following Committee Panels:

1) Authorized Persons Registration Committee Panel (APRC)
Vacancies: 12
Tenure of Appointment: 2 years
Commencement Date: 2 January 2020
For details, please click: here

2) Geotechnical Engineers Registration Committee Panel (GERC)
Vacancies: 3
Tenure of Appointment: 2 years
Commencement Date: 2 January 2020
For details, please click: here

3) Structural Engineers Registration Committee Panel (SERC)
Vacancies: 3
Tenure of Appointment: 2 years
Commencement Date: 2 January 2020
For details, please click: here

4) Inspectors Registration Committee Panel (IRC)
Vacancies: 3
Tenure of Appointment: 2 years
Commencement Date: 2 January 2020
For details, please click: here

Deadline for nomination: 23 August 2019 (Friday)

 
     
     
 

26 July 2019 :

Invitation of Nomination to Architects Registration Board ("ARB") under Architects Registration Ordinance (Cap. 408)



Vacancy: ONE ARB Member (with the term starting from the date of the Gazette to 16 May 2020)

Deadline: 9 August 2019

For details, please click: here

 
     
     
 

15 July 2019 :

Application for Renewal of Registration



To: Registered Architects whose registration will expire on 30 September 2019
From: Ms. Vivian Sie, Registrar, Architects Registration Board, HKSAR
Date: 15 July 2019
Subject: Application for Renewal of Registration

Dear All,

Application for Renewal of Registration


Please be informed that your registration with the Architects Registration Board, HKSAR ("the Board"), will expire on 1 October 2019. To renew your registration for a further period of 12 months, please complete and return the enclosed Application Form for Renewal of Registration on/before 3 September 2019.

You are kindly reminded that it is your responsibility to notify the Board of any change in the details and particulars in your original application form as required under Section 12(3) of the Architects Registration Ordinance ("ARO").

The fee for renewal is HK$1,300 - per year. Please return to the ARB Secretariat (address shown at the bottom of this letter) the completed form together with a crossed cheque payable to the "Architects Registration Board" on or before 3 September 2019.

Key Dates Relevant section of ARO Fee
1 July - 3 September 2019 Application period
Section 16(2) of ARO refers
HK$1,300-
3 September 2019 Deadline of application for renewal
Section 16(2) of the ARO refers
HK$1,300-
4-30 September 2019 A fee for extension of time for renewal after the deadline for $530- shall apply to all applications post-dated 4–30 Sep 2019 until the removal of the name from the Architects Register.
Section 16(6) of the ARO refers
HK$1,830-
1 October 2019 Expiry of registration. The defaulters will be issued a 28-day notice on the termination of the registration.
Section 16(4) refers
 

You will be issued a Certificate of Renewal of Registration upon the acceptance of your renewal of registration. If you have further queries, please contact Ms Mable Hung at 2805 7297.

Yours sincerely,
Vivian SIE (Ms.)
Registrar

Encl.: A Copy of Application for Renewal of Registration


 
     
     
 

26 June 2019 :

Announcement of Chairmanship and Vice-Chairmanship of Architects Registration Board (“ARB”) 2019-2020



Having convened the Architects Registration Board meeting on 25 June 2019, I am pleased to inform you that the following members were elected as ARB Chairman and Vice-chairman in pursuance of Section 6 of the Architects Registration Ordinance (Cap. 408):

• Mr. TSENG Yen Wei William, Chairman
• Mr. CHAN Chak Bun Benny, Vice-chairman

The Chairmanship of 4 ARB Committees remains unchanged and their names are as follows:
- Mr. CHAN Chiu Ming Registration Committee Chair
- Mr. TSANG Mo Chau Legal Affairs Committee Chair
- Mr. TSANG Wai Yin Michael House Committee Chair
- Dr. WAI Chui Chi Rosman Education & Accreditation Committee Chair

Thank you for your kind attention.

Section 6(1) of Architects Registration Ordinance:
The Board shall elect a Chairman and a Vice-chairman each year from among the members and not more than 15 months shall elapse between the date of one election and the next.



Vivian Sie (Ms.)
Registrar

 
     
     
 

13 June 2019 :

Appointment to Government Committee



Fire Safety Committee/Panel (FSC)
Term of office: 3 years
(1 June 2019 – 31 May 2022)

Name of Appointee:
LAU Pui Chuen Lisa


 
     
     
 

11 April 2019 :

Application for Renewal of Registration



To: Registered Architects whose registration will expire on 1 July 2019
From: Ms. Vivian Sie, Registrar, Architects Registration Board, HKSAR
Date: 11 April 2019
Subject: Application for Renewal of Registration

Dear All,

Application for Renewal of Registration


Please be informed that your registration with the Architects Registration Board, HKSAR ("the Board"), will expire on 1 July 2019. To renew your registration for a further period of 12 months, please complete and return the enclosed Application Form for Renewal of Registration on/before 3 June 2019.

You are kindly reminded that it is your responsibility to notify the Board of any change in the details and particulars in your original application form as required under Section 12(3) of the Architects Registration Ordinance ("ARO").

The fee for renewal is HK$1,300 - per year. Please return to the ARB Secretariat (address shown at the bottom of this letter) the completed form together with a crossed cheque payable to the "Architects Registration Board" on or before 3 June 2019.

Key Dates Relevant section of ARO Fee
1 April - 3 June 2019 Application period
Section 16(2) of ARO refers
HK$1,300-
3 June 2019 Deadline of application for renewal
Section 16(2) of the ARO refers
HK$1,300-
4-30 June 2019 A fee for extension of time for renewal after the deadline for $530- shall apply to all applications post-dated 4–30 June 2019 until the removal of the name from the Architects Register.
Section 16(6) of the ARO refers
HK$1,830-
1 July 2019 Expiry of registration. The defaulters will be issued a 28-day notice on the termination of the registration.
Section 16(4) refers
 

You will be issued a Certificate of Renewal of Registration upon the acceptance of your renewal of registration. If you have further queries, please contact Ms Mable Hung at 2805 7297.

Yours sincerely,
Vivian SIE (Ms.)
Registrar

Encl.: A Copy of Application for Renewal of Registration


 
     
     
 

2 April 2019 :

Appointment to Government Boards and Committees



Registered Inspectors' Disciplinary Board Panel
Term of office: 3 years
(1 April 2019 – 31 March 2022)

Name of Appointees:
CHAN Sze-wang
LAU Kam-sing Dickie
LI Hon-hung Alan
TONG Yee-hang


 
     
     
 

28 March 2019 :

Result of Joint HKIA-ARB Professional Interview (28 March 2019)



Please click here for the results.

 
     
     
 

26 February 2019 :

HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment (PA) 2018 - Results of Paper 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8 (November)



Please click here for the results.

138 PA candidates passed all 8 written papers.
6 Non-Local Architectural Professionals (NLAP) applicants passed Papers 1 and 2.

138 PA candidates will be invited to take the Professional Interview scheduled for 28 March 2019 while 6 NLAP applicants will be invited to the Professional Interview scheduled for September 2019.

 
     
     
 

29 January 2019 :

ARB Chinese New Year Greetings



Architects Registration Board, HKSAR, thanks you for your support and wishes you a Happy Chinese New Year.



 
     
     
 

14 January 2019 :

Application for Renewal of Registration



To: Registered Architects whose registration will expire on 1 April 2019
From: Ms. Vivian Sie, Registrar, Architects Registration Board, HKSAR
Date: 14 January 2019
RE: Application for Renewal of Registration

Dear All,

Please be informed that your registration with the Architects Registration Board, HKSAR ("the Board"), will expire on 1 April 2019. To renew your registration for a further period of 12 months, please complete and return the enclosed Application Form for Renewal of Registration on/before 3 March 2019.

You are kindly reminded that it is your responsibility to notify the Board of any change in the details and particulars in your original application form as required under Section 12(3) of the Architects Registration Ordinance ("ARO").

The fee for renewal is HK$1,300 - per year. Please return to the ARB Secretariat (address shown at the bottom of this letter) the completed form together with a crossed cheque payable to the "Architects Registration Board" on or before 3 March 2019.

Key Dates Relevant section of ARO Fee
1 January - 3 March 2019 Application period
Section 16(2) of ARO refers
HK$1,300-
3 March 2019 Deadline of application for renewal
Section 16(2) of the ARO refers
HK$1,300-
4-31 March 2019 A fee for extension of time for renewal after the deadline for $530- shall apply to all applications post-dated 4–31 Mar 2019 until the removal of the name from the Architects Register.
Section 16(6) of the ARO refers
HK$1,830-
1 April 2019 Expiry of registration. The defaulters will be issued a 28-day notice on the termination of the registration.
Section 16(4) refers
 

You will be issued a Certificate of Renewal of Registration upon the acceptance of your renewal of registration.
If you have further queries, please contact Ms Mable Hung at 2805 7297.

Yours sincerely,
Vivian SIE (Ms.)
Registrar

Encl.: A Copy of Application for Renewal of Registration

 
     
     
 

28 December 2018 :

Appointment to Government Boards and Committees



Contractors Registration Committee (CRC)
Term of office: 2 years
(1 January 2019 – 31 December 2020)

Name of Appointees:
CHAN Ho Chung
CHAN Wing Lung
CHIU Hon Hang
CHO Wing Cheong Peter
HO Chi Lok Nevin
LAM Sau Keung Allen
LAM Wai Ho
LEE Hung Wai
LAU Chi Leung
LI Chun Luen
LUI Man Chun
SUEN Chung Keung
TAM Cheung Kwan
YUEN Kwok Cheung


Minor Works Contractors Registration Committee/Panel (MWCRC)
Term of office: 2 years
(1 January 2019 – 31 December 2020)

Name of Appointees:
CHAN Shu Keung
CHAN Wing Lung
LEUNG Arthur Tat Yung
YEUNG Tim Kwai Stephen

 
     
     
 

14 December 2018 :

ARB Christmas Greetings



Architects Registration Board, HKSAR, thanks you for your support and wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.



 
     
     
 

15 November 2018 :

HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment (PA) 2019 - Papers 3, 4 and 5 (March)



We are pleased to inform you that registration for PA 2019 - Papers 3, 4 and 5 (July) is now open until 5:30pm on 31 December 2018 (Monday). As only 200 quotas will be allowed for the coming assessment, the registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Please register early to reserve your seat. Please click here for details of registration.

Starting from PA 2018, hard copy of application form is NOT accepted. Candidates who wish to take PA 2019 - Papers 3, 4 and 5 (March) should register at www.joinhkia.net.

Should you have any question, please contact the Joint HKIA-ARB Secretariat Staff at 2511 6323.

 
     
     
 

15 November 2018 :

Registration for HKIA/ARB Non-Local Architectural Professionals Admission 2019
[Deadline : 31 December 2018 (Monday) 5:30pm]



Non-Local Architectural Professional (NLAP), after going through an assessment jointly held by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) and the Architects Registration Board HKSAR (ARB), may become a member of HKIA and as a registered architect under Architects Registration Ordinance.

HKIA and ARB are now inviting eligible NLAP to apply for admission via the Non-Local Architectural Professionals Admission 2019.

Registration deadline : 31 December 2018 (Monday) 5:30pm

For the eligibility and application details, please click here.

Best regards,
HKIA/ARB Secretariat

 
     
     
 

26 September 2018 :

Result of Joint HKIA-ARB Professional Interview (26 September 2018)



Please click here for the results.

2 candidates passing Non-Local Architectural Professionals 2017.
Please click here for their names.

 
     
     
 

17 August 2018 :

Architects Registration Board (ARB)'s Nominations to the Minor Works Contractors Registration Committee Panel and Minor Works Contractors Registration Committee under the Buildings Ordinance



ARB is invited by the Buildings Department to make 4 nominations to the Minor Works Contractors Registration Committee ("MWCRC") Panel for a term of 2 years commencing 2 January 2019.

Deadline for nomination: 27 August 2018 (Monday)

For details, please click here.

 
     
     
 

13 August 2018 :

Architects Registration Board (ARB)'s Nominations to the Contractors Registration Committee Panel and Contractors Registration Committee under the Buildings Ordinance



ARB is invited by the Buildings Department to make 11 nominations to the Contractors Registration Committee ("CRC") Panel for a term of 2 years commencing 2 January 2019.

Deadline for nomination: 24 August 2018 (Friday)

For details, please click here.

 
     
     
 

30 July 2018 :

Architects Registration Board (ARB)'s nominations to Registered Inspectors’ Disciplinary Board Panel



ARB is invited by the Buildings Department to make 8 nominations to the Registered Inspectors' Disciplinary Board Panel for a term of 3 years commencing 2018/2019.

Deadline for nomination: 17 August 2018 (Friday)

For details, please click here for form 1 & 2 and section 5A of the Buildings Ordinance ("BO", Cap. 123)

 
     
     
 

11 June 2018 :

Appointment to Government Boards and Committees



Authorized Persons', Registered Structural Engineers' and Registered Geotechnical Engineers' (APRSERGE) Disciplinary Board Panel
Term of office: 3 years
(1 April 2018 – 31 March 2021)

Name of Appointees:
Mr. LEUNG Kit-man, Andy
Mr. CHAN Chiu-ming
Ms. LAU Man-kwan, Julia
Mr. TSANG Man-biu

 
     
     
 

18 May 2018 :

Result Announcement of HKIA Appointment to Architects Registration Board ("ARB") 2018-2020 under Architects Registration Ordinance (Cap. 408)



In accordance with sections 4(1) and 4(3) of Architects Registration Ordinance ("ARO"), Laws of Hong Kong, the Council of HKIA at its meeting on 21 April 2018 appointed the following 10 HKIA members (in alphabetical order) for 2 years.

1) CHAN Chak Bun (Re-appointment)
2) CHAN Chiu Ming (Re-appointment)
3) CHEUNG Suet Fai (New appointment)
4) FONG Suet Yuen (New appointment)
5) CHI Wuh Cherng Daniel (Re- appointment)
6) TSANG Mo Chau (Re-appointment)
7) TSANG Wai Yin (Re-appointment)
8) TSENG Yen Wei William (Re-appointment)
9) WAI Chui Chi Rosman (Re-appointment)
10) YU Franklin (New appointment)

Together with the Sr. LEUNG Lap-ki, member appointed by the Chief Executive under section 4(2) of ARO, the ARB 2018-2020 would take office on 17 May 2018.

Please click the following for the Gazette notice published by the government: CHI Version | ENG Version

 
     
     
 

10 May & 12 June 2018 :

AP workshops are scheduled for 10 May 2018 and 12 June 2018



[*FULL HOUSE*]
* The AP workshops are over-subscribed. No further registration will be accepted.


Limited seats available. Enrolment is on a first-come-first-served basis.

For details, please click here for details.
For details, please click here to download the reply form or here for online registration.

 
     
     
 

27 April 2018 :

Result of Joint HKIA-ARB Professional Assessment 2018 - Papers 3,4 and 5 (March)



4 candidates passed all written papers of Papers 3,4 and 5 (March) and are eligible for Professional Interview.

Please click here for their names.

 
     
     
 

6 April 2018 :

AP Workshop on 17 April 2018



[*FULL HOUSE*]
* The second workshop will be organized in coming weeks to accommodate HKIA Members whose enrollments are not successful for the first Workshop to be on 17 April 2018. Please stay tuned with ARB website.


Limited seats available. Enrolment is on a first-come-first-served basis.

For details, please click here for details.
For details, please click here to download the reply form or here for online registration.

 
     
     
 

3 April 2018 :

Invitation of Nomination to Architects Registration Board ("ARB") 2018-2020 under Architects Registration Ordinance (Cap. 408)



For details, please click: here

 
     
     
 

27 March 2018 :

Application for Renewal of Registration as a Registered Architect



ARB Circular 01/2018
27 March 2018

Dear Registered Architects,

Application for Renewal of Registration as a Registered Architect

Reference is made to the Guidelines on Qualifications for Renewal of Registration of Registered Architects with regard to Different Categories of Qualifications (thereafter the "Guidelines") under the Architects Registration Ordinance, which have been issued by the Architects Registration Board, HKSAR, (the “Board”) to all Registered Architects in September 2017.

Effective from 1 October 2018, Registered Architects under Categories 1A, 2A, 3A, 1B, 2B and 3B as classified under the Guidelines are required to submit documentary evidence, supporting documents and the prescribed fee for ascertaining these documents as stipulated in Appendix 3 of the Guidelines, in addition to the completed prescribed form and the prescribed fee for application for renewal of registration.

The prescribed fee for ascertaining the documentary evidence and supporting documents as stated in Appendix 3 shall be HK$5,400.00.

Should you have any question, please contact the undersigned or Ms. Alison Ng at 2511 6323.

Thank you for your attention.

Yours faithfully,


Vivian Sie (Ms.)
Registrar

Encl.
- A copy of the ARB Guidelines on Qualifications for Renewal of Registration of Registered Architects with regard to Different Categories of Qualifications under the Ordinance
- A copy of the [ARB Circular 01/2018] Application for Renewal of Registration as a Registered Architect

 
     
     
 

23 March 2018 :

Joint HKIA-ARB Professional Interview Result Announcement



74 out of 102 candidates (72.55%) passed the Professional Interview held on 22 March 2018.

Please click here for the result.

 
     
     
 

12 February 2018 :

HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment (PA) 2017 4th Quarter and Non-Local Architectural Professionals (NLAP) 2017 Result Announcement



• Please click here for the name of candidates who have PASSED ALL WRITTEN PAPERS of the HKIA/ARB PA2017 - 4th Quarter. They are eligible for Paper 9 Professional Interview in September 2018.

• Please click here for the name of candidates who have PASSED Paper 1 and 2 of the HKIA/ARB NLAP2017. They are eligible for Paper 9 Professional Interview in September 2018.

 
     
     
 

3 January 2018 :

Appointment to Government Boards and Committees



Authorized Persons Registration Committee / Panel (APRC)
Term of office: 2 years
(1 January 2018 – 31 December 2019)

Name of Appointees:
CHEUNG Kong Yeung
CHUI Pak Chung Patrick
FONG Suet Yuen Carolin
HSIUNG Yee Ming Donna
IP Kar Wai Kelvin
LAM Wai Ho Andy
LAM Yat Fai Kenny
LEE Cheuk Wah
LEE So Kwan Doris
LO Yick Wing


Geotechnical Engineers Registration Committee / Panel (GERC)
Term of office: 2 years
(1 January 2018 – 31 December 2019)

Name of Appointees:
LAM Wai HO
POON Kai Kit Joe


Structural Engineers Registration Committee / Panel (SERC)
Term of office: 2 years
(1 January 2018 – 31 December 2019)

Name of Appointees:
CHO Wing Cheong Peter
POON Kai Kit Joe


Inspectors Registration Committee / Panel (IRC)
Term of office: 2 years
(1 January 2018 – 31 December 2019)

Name of Appointees:
LEE Siu Cheung
PAU Wah Lung
SO Ping Hung

 
     
     
 

1 January 2018 :

Appointment of Registrar, Architects Registration Board, HKSAR



Mrs. Rita Cheung, Registrar of the Architects Registration Board since its establishment in 1990, has retired on 31 December 2017.

The Board is grateful for her staunch support and dedication in the keeping of professionalism at the forefront of the building industry in the past decades. We wish her a happy retirement.

The ARB is also pleased to announce that Ms. Vivian Sie, shall act in the capacity of the Registrar under Section 11 of the Architects Registration Ordinance (Cap. 408), until further notice.

Daniel Chi
Chairman for and on behalf of
Architects Registration Board, HKSAR

Please see the enclosed announcement.

 
     
     
 

1 November 2017 :

Architects Registration Board (ARB)’s Nominations to the Nomination to Authorized Persons’, Registered Structural Engineers’ and Registered Geotechnical Engineers’ Disciplinary Board Panel Under Section 5A of the Buildings Ordinance (Cap. 123)



Vacancies: 4
Tenure of Appointment: 3 years
Commencement Date: 1 April 2018
For details, please click HERE

Deadline for nomination: 10 November 2017 (Friday)

 
     
     
 

8 September 2017 :

Guidelines on Qualifications for Renewal of Registration of Registered Architects with regard to Different Categories of Qualifications under the Architects Registration Ordinance (Cap 408) - Edition 01: Sept 2017



Dear Registered Architects,

On behalf of Architects Registration Board, HKSAR (“ARB”), I am writing to inform you that the enclosed Guidelines on Qualifications for Renewal of Registration of Registered Architects with regard to Different Categories of Qualifications under the Architects Registration Ordinance (Cap 408) – Edition 01: Sept 2017 have been recently endorsed by ARB.

ARB, as a statutory body incepted since 1991, is empowered to process applications for renewal of registration for Registered Architects (RAs) in accordance with the Architects Registration Ordinance (Cap. 408), Laws of Hong Kong.

To this end, the enclosed Guidelines are prepared to facilitate RAs to apply for renewal of registration, with reference to different Categories of Qualifications. ARB will update this Guidelines from time to time, if needed.

The Guidelines have also been uploaded onto HERE for public information.

Should you have any question, please send email to the ARB Secretariat arbsec@arb.org.hk.

Yours sincerely,
Rita Cheung (Ms.)
Registrar
Architects Registration Board, HKSAR

 
     
     
 

25 August 2017 :

The Buildings Department is inviting ARB to make nominations to the following Committee Panels:



1) Authorized Persons Registration Committee Panel (APRC)
Vacancies: 12
Tenure of Appointment: 2 years
Commencement Date: 2 January 2018
For details, please click: here

2) Geotechnical Engineers Registration Committee Panel (GERC)
Vacancies: 3
Tenure of Appointment: 2 years
Commencement Date: 2 January 2018
For details, please click: here

3) Structural Engineers Registration Committee Panel (SERC)
Vacancies: 3
Tenure of Appointment: 2 years
Commencement Date: 2 January 2018
For details, please click: here

4) Inspectors Registration Committee Panel (IRC)
Vacancies: 3
Tenure of Appointment: 2 years
Commencement Date: 2 January 2018
For details, please click: here

Deadline for nomination: 4 September 2017 (Monday)
 
     
     
 

1 March 2017 :

Past Disciplinary Orders - Information regarding disciplinary orders issued from 1991 to 2016



For details, please click: here
 
     
     
 

24 February 2017 :

Invitation to Nomination of Registered Architects to Private Columbaria Board & Private Columbaria Appeal Board under Clauses 8, 9, 80 to 90 and Schedule 1 of the Private Columbaria bill



The Architects Registration Board (“ARB”) is invited by the Buildings Department (BD) to make 6 nominations of registered architects (“RAs”) that ARB considers suitable to Chief Executive (“CE”) for consideration of appointment to the Private Columbaria Board & Private Columbaria Appeal Board (“PCB & PCAB”) for a term of six years commencing on 1 October 2017 tentatively.

The CE shall appoint 3 RAs for Board and 3 RAs for Appeal Board. The BD reserves the rights of examining the suitability of the nominees in order to adhere to the provision of the Buildings Ordinance. The BD requires that the nominees are preferably at the age below 62 and should possess the necessary expertise and are conversant with building safety, fire safety and structural safety aspects. Besides, the nominees for the Appeal Board are preferably having previous experience of serving on appeal boards or tribunals, but should not be a member of the Board according to clauses 81(2) of the Bill (http://www.fehd.gov.hk/rpc/tc_chi/ordinance_draft.html.

To ensure a well-balanced representation, ARB would take into account gender balance and all age groups in participation in such advisory and statutory bodies, where appropriate.

Should you be interested in being nominated to PCB & PCAB, please submit to me by fax (no. 2519 6011) or by email (arbsec@arb.org.hk) with the following documents on or before 2 March 2017.

1) Completed Form 1 (Private Columbaria Licensing Board) and / or Form 2 (Private Columbaria Appeal Board);
2) ARB reply slip; AND
3) Your up-to-date CV.

Should you have any question, please contact Ms. Alison Ng (Tel: 2511 6323) of ARB Secretariat.
 
     
     
 

6 December 2016 :

Government Appointment



Fire Safety Committee/Panel (FSC)
Term of office: 3 years
(1 June 2016 – 31 May 2019)

Name of Appointee:
LAU Pui Chuen Lisa


Minor Works Contractors Registration Committee/Panel (MWCRC)
Term of office: 2 years
(1 January 2017 – 31 December 2018)

Name of Appointees:
CHAN Shu Keung
CHAN Wing Lung
CHENG Chung Leung
KWONG Wing Keung
LAM Sau Keung Allan
LAU Chi Leung
LEE Hung Wai
 
     
     
 

22 November 2016 :

2016 Election Committee Subsector Elections



Please be reminded that the 2016 Election Committee Subsector Elections will be held on 11 December 2016 from 7:30am-10:30pm.

Should your name appears on Architects Register, please cast your vote on 11 December 2016.

For details, please click here
 
     
     
 

1 September 2016 :

Architects Registration Board (ARB)'s Nominations to the Minor Works Contractors Registration Committee Panel /Committee under the Buildings Ordinance



ARB is invited by the Buildings Department to make 10 nominations to the Minor Works Contractors Registration Committee (“MWCRC”) Panel for a term of 2 years commencing 2 January 2017.

Deadline for nomination: 8 September 2016 (Thursday)

For details, please click here
 
     
     
 

25 August 2016 :

Architects Registration Board (ARB)'s Nominations to the Contractors Registration Committee Panel and Contractors Registration Committee under the Buildings Ordinance



ARB is invited by the Buildings Department to make 11 nominations to the Contractors Registration Committee (“CRC”) Panel for a term of 2 years commencing 2 January 2017.

Deadline for nomination: 5 September 2016 (Monday)

For details, please click here
 
     
     
 

5 July 2016 :

Call for Your Participation to ARB Committees 2016 - 2018



Dear Registered Architects,

Call for Your Participation to ARB Committees 2016 - 2018


Architects Registration Board, HKSAR (“ARB”), is a statutory body formed under the Architects Registration Ordinance (Cap. 408) and is empowered to provide for the registration of architects and disciplinary control of the professional activities of registered architects, and for related matters. It operates with the following four Committees enacted by sections 9(b) and 17 of the Ordinance:

- Education and Accreditation Committee;
- House Committee;
- Legal Affairs Committee (“LAC”); and
- Registration Committee (“RC”).

On behalf of ARB, I write to invite your indication of interest to participate in our two Committees (LAC and RC) for term starting 1 September 2016 – 31 August 2017. Attached please find the list of ARB Committees and the relevant term of reference for your information. By serving on the Committees, you will be able to gain experience in ARB’s operation and contribute to the advancement of its works and services.

The key requirements on Committee member are:
1. Willingness to contribute to provide discerning inputs; and
2. Commitment to share the workload of the Committees.

Frequency of the Committee meetings will be determined by respective Committee Chairpersons.

If you are interested, please complete the attached reply slip stating your preferences and return to the Secretariat by 18 July 2016.

The selection and appointment of members to Committees will be at the discretion of the ARB. Notification of appointment for 2016-2018 will be made in late August 2016.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Secretariat, Ms. Mable HUNG or Ms. Alison NG, at 2805 7297 or 2805 7093 respectively.

For the full list of ARB membership and its Committees 2016-2018, please click http://www.arb.org.hk/AboutUS.html.

Thank you for your interest in participation and we look forward to working with you.

Yours sincerely,
Rita Cheung (Mrs.)
Registrar




#incl. Reply Slip
 
     
     
 

1 June 2016 :

Amendments of HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment (PA) Handbook



Dear prospective PA candidates,

Amendments of HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment (PA) Handbook


With the objective of upholding the professional standard, the Institute has reviewed the existing PA Handbook and the amended PA Handbook will be effective from PA 2017 except amendment 4 which has been effective from PA2016.

The amendments cover the following areas :
1. Entry qualification of taking PA (Section 2.5 of PA Handbook);
2. Admission criteria and format of assessment for the route of Non-Local Architectural Professionals (Section 3 of PA Handbook);
3. Inclusion of PRC Class I Registered Architect as one of the national professional qualification recognized for admission via the route of Non-Local Architectural Professionals. Please click the below link for the updated list of national registration bodies recognized by HKIA/ARB : http://www.hkia.net/en/doc/PA/National_Professional_Registration_Bodies_of_Architects.doc
4. Revised open-book arrangement (Appendix G and H of the PA Handbook); and
5. Deletion of exemption of papers

Please click the below link to download the amended PA Handbook : http://www.hkia.net/UserFiles/File/pa/PA_Handbook_revised_2017.pdf


Yours sincerely,

Rita Cheung (Mrs.)
CEO of HKIA / Registrar of ARB
 
     
     
 

6 May 2016 :

Result of HKIA Appointment to Architects Registration Board (“ARB”) 2016-2018 under Architects Registration Ordinance (Cap. 408)



In accordance with sections 4(1) and 4(3) of Architects Registration Ordinance, Laws of Hong Kong, the Council of HKIA at its meeting on 30 April 2016 appointed the following 10 HKIA members (in alphabetical order) for 2 years.

1) CHAN Chak Bun (Re-appointment)
2) CHAN Chiu Ming (New appointment)
3) CHAN Chuen Chi Simon (New appointment)
4) CHEN Marvin (Re-appointment)
5) CHI Wuh Cherng Daniel (New appointment)
6) KWAN Kwok Lok Joseph (Re-appointment)
7) TSANG Mo Chau (Re-appointment)
8) TSANG Wai Yin (New appointment)
9) TSENG Yen Wei William (Re-appointment)
10) WAI Chui Chi Rosman (Re-appointment)

Together with the Sr. LEUNG Lap-ki, member appointed by the Chief Executive under Section 4(2) of ARO, the ARB 2016-2018 would take office on 17 May 2016.
 
     
     
 

5 April 2016 :

2016 Voter Registration



Voters should provide true and accurate registration particulars, and report any changes in registration particulars to the Registration and Electoral Office.

Eligibility criteria:
· Possess the qualifications required for registration in the Functional Constituency and the Election Committee Subsector
· Registered as an elector in a Geographical Constituency or are eligible and have applied to be so registered

Forms are available at:
· Registration and Electoral Office
· Voter registration website

Enquiries: 2891 1001

For details, please click: here. Flyer can be downloaded at here.
 
     
     
 

11 March 2016 :

Architects Registration Board (ARB)’s Nominations to the Fire Safety Committee (FSC) and Advisory Committee for the Fire Safety (Buildings) Ordinance and Fire Safety (Commercial Premises) Ordinance



ARB is invited by the Buildings Department to make 2 nominations to the
(i) Fire Safety Committee (FSC) and
(ii) Advisory Committee for the Fire Safety (Buildings) Ordinance and Fire Safety (Commercial Premises) Ordinance
for a term of 3 years commencing 1 June 2016.

Deadline for nomination: 21 March 2016 (Monday)

For details, please click: here
 
     
     
 

11 March 2016 :

Invitation of Nomination to Architects Registration Board (“ARB”) 2016-2018 under Architects Registration Ordinance (Cap. 408)



For details, please click: here
 
     
     
 

24 February 2016 :

Government Appointment 2016-2017



Authorized Persons Registration Committee/Panel (APRC)
Term of office: 2 years
(1 January 2016 – 31 December 2017)

Name of Appointees:
CHIU Hon Hang
CHO Wing Cheong Peter
HSIUNG Yee Ming Donna
LAI Siu Kin Rembert
LAM Yat Fai Kenny
LEE Siu Cheung
LO Yick Wing
SO Ping Hung
TAM Tin Fong Martin
WONG King Lau Geoffrey


Geotechnical Engineers Registration Committee (GERC)
Term of office: 2 years
(1 January 2016 – 31 December 2017)

Name of Appointees:
KWOK Shuk Fun Silina
POON Kai Kit Joe


Structural Engineers Registration Committee (SERC)
Term of office: 2 years
(1 January 2016 – 31 December 2017)

Name of Appointees:
CHO Wing Cheong Peter
POON Kai Kit Joe


Inspectors Registration Committee (IRC)
Term of office: 2 years
(1 January 2016 – 31 December 2017)

Name of Appointees:
LAU Kam Sing Dickie
LEE Siu Cheung Marco
LO Yick Wing
PAU Wah Lung Warren

 
     
     
 

26 January 2016 :

Termination of use of PO Box



Dear Registered Architects,

In order to ensure effective communication with a single contact point, please note that all correspondence to the Architects Registration Board, HKSAR ("ARB") shall be sent directly to the ARB premises located at 19/F, One Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

The use of P.O. Box 20334 by the ARB at Hennessy Road Post Office had been terminated since July 2015.

Please be reminded that with immediate effect, misdirection to the said P.O. Box would not be accepted by ARB as a valid reason for belated application for registration and renewal.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Rita Cheung (Mrs)
Registrar
Architects Registration Board, HKSAR
 
     
     
 

5 October 2015 :

Use of “Architect” title



In response to the media coverage about the charges of Ex-Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, Architects Registration Board, HKSAR (“ARB”) would like to make the following clarifications:

1) Use of “Architect” title
In accordance with section 30(1) under Part VI of Architects Registration Ordinance (Cap. 408), Laws of Hong Kong (“ARO”)–

A person whose name does not appear on the register shall not be entitled to describe himself as “architect” or “registered architects” or to use the initials “R.A.” after his name.

i.e. a person is not entitled to use the title of “architect” if his name is not on the Architects Register kept by ARB.

**Please browse the Register from HERE.

2) How to qualify for registration as an Architect?
To become an “architect” or “registered architect”, a person MUST fulfil section 13 of ARO. Otherwise, the ARB shall refuse his application.

Full text of ARO can be downloaded from HERE.


With regard to the person named as an “architect” on the media coverage dated 5 October 2015, his name was not on the Register and he cannot be described as an “Architect”.
 
     
     
 

30 September 2015 :

Publishing of ARB Disciplinary Order on ARB Website



Dear Registered Architect,

I am writing to update you on the recent decision of the Architects Registration Board, HKSAR ("ARB") regarding the publication of ARB disciplinary order for registered architects (“RAs”).

Under section 28(1)(a)and(b) of Architects Registration Ordinance (“ARO”), the ARB “shall publish a copy of the order ........ in at least one English and one Chinese language newspaper circulating daily in Hong Kong” and “may publish the order ....... in any other publication or manner as the Board thinks fit.

In response to the rising call from the public for openness and transparency and in line with the allied local and overseas professional registration bodies, the ARB has resolved, apart from section 28(1)(a), to also publish on her official website any disciplinary order(s) made under section 24(1)(a),(b),(c),(d) or (e) of ARO
1. for 6 months, or
2. in case such appeal against the disciplinary order has been made, for 6 months only after the appeal is finally determined.

The said measure will take effect starting from 1 October 2015.

Kindly note that the ARB is committed to continuously enhance its statutory duties under ARO for the registration of RAs and the disciplinary functions for compliance, which is of great importance to our profession.

Thank you for your kind attention.


Rita Cheung (Mrs.)
Registrar

Encl. - extract of Section 24(1)(a),(b),(c),(d) and (e) of ARO
 
     
     
 

31 July 2015 :

Buildings Department is inviting Architects Registration Board to make nominations to the following Committee Panels:



1) Authorized Persons Registration Committee Panel (APRC)
Vacancies: 12
Tenure of Appointment: 2 years
Commencement Date: 2 January 2016
For details, please click: here

2) Inspectors Registration Committee Panel (IRC)
Vacancies: 6
Tenure of Appointment: 2 years
Commencement Date: 2 January 2016
For details, please click: here

3) Geotechnical Engineers Registration Committee Panel (GERC)
Vacancies: 2
Tenure of Appointment: 2 years
Commencement Date: 2 January 2016
For details, please click: here

4) Structural Engineers Registration Committee Panel (SERC)
Vacancies: 2
Tenure of Appointment: 2 years
Commencement Date: 2 January 2016
For details, please click: here

Deadline for nomination: 31 August 2015 (Monday)
 
     
     
 

18 December 2014 :

Government appointment 2015-2016

Contractors Registration Committee (CRC)
Term of office: 2 years
(1 January 2015 – 31 December 2016)

Name of Appointee:

CHAN Ka Man Carmen
CHENG Chung Leung
CHIU Hon Hang
KWONG Wing Keung
LEUNG Hon Ming
HO Shing Chak Stephen
LUI Man Chun Marco
PAU Wah Lung
TAM Cheung Kwan
 
     
     
 

12 December 2014 :

Government appointment 2015-2016

Minor Works Contractors Registration Committee (MWCRC)
Term of office: 2 years
(1 January 2015 – 31 December 2016)

Name of Appointee:

CHAN Wing Lung
CHENG Chung Leung
CHEUNG Dick Fai Vincent
KWONG Wing Keung
LAM Sau Keung Allan
LAU Chi Leung
TAM Tin Fong Martin
WONG Yuk Sun
 
     
     
 

22 October 2014 :

The Buildings Department invites Architects Registration Board to make nominations to the Authorized Persons’ Registered Structural Engineers’ and Registered Geotechnical Engineers’ Disciplinary Board Panels (AP RSE RGE DB):

Vacancies: 5
Tenure of Appointment: 3 years
Commencement Date: 1 April 2015
For details, please click here

Deadline for nomination: 31 October 2014 (Friday)

 
     
     
 

25 September 2014 :

Second Call for Nomination of Registered Architects
Contractors Registration Committee Panel and Contractors Registration Committee (“CRC”)
Minor Works Registration Committee Panel and Minor Works Registration Committee (“MWCRC”)
under the Buildings Ordinance

Dear Registered Architects,

I am writing to inform you that the deadline of the nominations has been extended to 3 October 2014.

As of 25 September 2014 -
- 4 vacancies of CRC; and
- 5 vacancies of MWCRC.

Should you be interested to put forward your nomination, please declare the following in writing:

1) Number of total overall projects over the last 5 years; AND
2) Amongst 1), total number of projects that you involved in Registered Contractors’ Contract Administration / Minor Works Administration.


The functions, composition, criteria as well as the nomination form of the CRC and MWCRC for your easy reference.

Remarks: Those who have put forward their nominations during the first call for nomination need not re-send.

Thank you for kind attention.
Yours sincerely,
Rita Cheung (Mrs.)
Registrar


 
     
     
 

15 August 2014 :

The Buildings Department is inviting Architects Registration Board to make nominations to the following Committee Panels:

1) Contractors Registration Committee Panel (CRC)
Vacancies: 11
Tenure of Appointment: 2 years
Commencement Date: 2 January 2015
For details, please click here

2) Minor Works Contractors Registration Committee Panel (MWCRC)
Vacancies: 12
Tenure of Appointment: 2 years
Commencement Date: 2 January 2015
For details, please click here

Deadline for nomination: 29 August 2014 (Friday)

 
     
     
 

2 May 2014 :

Formation of Architects Registration Board 2014-2016

The Hong Kong Institute of Architects has appointed the following HKIA Members (10) to Architects Registration Board, HKSAR, for the term 2014-2016 commencing 17 May 2014:

- Mr. CHAN Chak Bun Benny
- Mr. CHEN Marvin
- Mr. CHU Hoi Shan Paul
- Mr. HAU Hon Fai Patrick
- Mr. KWAN Kwok Lok Joseph
- Mr. TANG Wai Man Tony
- Mr. TONG Sek Por David
- Mr. TSANG Mo Chau Andy
- Mr. TSENG Yen Wei William
- Ms. WAI Chui Chi Rosman

Government representative : Sr. LEUNG Lap Ki

 
     
     
 

26 March 2014 :

Extension of deadline for Nomination to Architects Registration Board 2014-2016 under Architects Registration Ordinance (Cap. 408)

Deadline for nomination is extended to 11 April 2014 (Friday),12noon.

For details, please click here.

 
     
     
 

20 January 2014 :

SURCHARGE ON RE-ISSUANCE OF ARB CERTIFICATE

Upon fulfilling the qualifications for registration as per Section 13 of the Architects Registration Ordinance (ARO), “The Registrar may, on payment by a registered architect to the Board of a fee, issue to the registered architect a certificate of registration or a certificate of renewal of registration in the form specified by the Board” in accordance with Section 18 of ARO.

Having had reviewed the procedures for the re-issuance of the certificate of registration (thereafter “CoR”) or the certificate of renewal of registration (thereafter “CoRoR”) as may be requested by the Registered Architect (RA) from time to time, the Architects Registration Board will adopt the following measures with immediate effect :

a) Only ONE original hardcopy of CoRoR shall be issued to the qualified RA upon renewal of registration.
b) Until the next renewal of registration, NO replacement copy of the original CoRoR will be issued in the interim.
c) The RA may instead apply to the Board for a CERTIFIED TRUE COPY of the CoRoR by completing the application form for Surcharge of Re-issuance of ARB Certificate. Please refer to http://www.arb.org.hk/ApplicationforRegistration.html
  A surcharge of HK$300 would be required for every CERTIFIED TRUE COPY of CoRoR.
d) The existing practice of the issuance of replacement copy of the original CoR at a surcharge of HK$ 300 shall remain unchanged.

 
     
  20 January 2014 :  
Government appointment 2014-2015  
Authorized Persons Registration Committee (APRC)
Term of office: 2 years
(1 January 2014 – 31 December 2015)
Structural Engineers Registration Committee (SERC)
Term of office: 2 years
(1 January 2014 – 31 December 2015)
   
Name of Appointee: Name of Appointee:
CHO wing Cheong Peter CHO Wing Cheong Peter
FONG Suet Yuen Carolin  
LAI Siu Kin Rembert  
LAM Kin Ning Inspectors Registration Committee (IRC)
Term of office: 2 years
(1 January 2014 – 31 December 2015)
LEUNG Siu Kwong Christopher
LO Yick Wing
SO Ping Hung
TAM Kam Yip Antonio  
TSENG Yen Wei William Name of Appointee:
WONG King Lau Geoffrey HO Chi Lok Nevin
  KWONG Sum Yee Anna
  LAM Chi Kwong
  LO Yick Wing
Geotechnical Engineers Registration Committee (GERC)
Term of office: 2 years
(1 January 2014 – 31 December 2015)
 
 
   
Name of Appointee:  
LIM See Wai David  
   
   
     
 

20 July 2013 :

Buildings Department is inviting Architects Registration Board to make nominations to the following Committee Panels:

1) Authorized Persons Registration Committee Panel (APRC)
Vacancies: 12
Tenure of Appointment: 2 years
Commencement Date: 2 January 2014
For details, please click: here
2) Inspectors Registration Committee Panel (IRC)
Vacancies: 6
Tenure of Appointment: 2 years
Commencement Date: 2 January 2014
For details, please click: here
3) Geotechnical Engineers Registration Committee Panel (GERC)
Vacancies: 2
Tenure of Appointment: 2 years
Commencement Date: 2 January 2014
For details, please click: here
4) Structural Engineers Registration Committee Panel (SERC)
Vacancies: 2
Tenure of Appointment: 2 years
Commencement Date: 2 January 2014
For details, please click: here

Deadline for nomination: 5 August 2013 (Monday)

 
     
     
 

22 March 2013 :

Architects Registration Board (ARB)’s Nominations to the Fire Safety Committee (FSC) and Advisory Committee for the Fire Safety (Buildings) Ordinance and Fire Safety (Commercial Premises) Ordinance

ARB is invited by the Buildings Department to make 2 nominations to the

(i) Fire Safety Committee (FSC) and
(ii) Advisory Committee for the Fire Safety (Buildings) Ordinance and Fire Safety (Commercial Premises) Ordinance for a term of 3 years commencing 1 June 2013.

For details, please click here

Deadline for nomination: 5 April 2013 (Friday)

 
     
     
 

1 February 2013 :

Government appointment 2013-2014 Contractors Registration Committee/Panel (“CRC”)

Term of office: 2 years (1 January 2013 – 31 December 2014)

Name of Appointees:
CHAN Kok-lin Roger
CHAN Ka-man Carmen
CHENG Chung-leung
HO Chi-lok Nevin
HO Shing-chak Stephen
HSIUNG Yee-ming Donna
LAU Pui-chuen Lisa
LEUNG Hon-ming
LI Kwok-hing
LUI Man-chun Marco
NGAN Man-ho
SHEN Edward
TAM Kwok-wing

 
     
     
 

28 January 2013 :

Government appointment 2013-2014 Minor Works Contractors Registration Committee/Panel (“MWCRC”)

Term of office: 2 years (1 January 2013 – 31 December 2014)

Name of Appointees:
CHENG Chung-leung
HO Cham
LAM Kin-ning
LAU Kam-sing Dickie
LEE Hung-wai
LEUNG Arthur Tat-yung
NGAN Man-ho
PAU Wah-lung
POON Ching-ping
TAM Kwok-wing
TAM Tin-fong Martin
TSE Kwok Hung (Appointed on 25 March 2013)
WONG King-lau Geoffrey
WONG Yuk-sun
YUEN Hung Nok (Appointed on 25 March 2013)

 
     
     
 

25 April 2012 :

Government appointment 2012-2015 Authorized Persons', Registered Structural Engineers' and Registered Geotechnical Engineers' Disciplinary Board Panel (AP RSE RGE DB)

Term of office: 3 years (1 April 2012 – 31 March 2015)

Name of Appointees:
CHEE Wai Hung Simon
CHEUNG Kwong Wing
CHI Wuh Cherng Daniel
LAM Ping Hong Robert
LEE Kim Keung James

 
     
  20 February 2012 :  
Government appointment 2012-2013  
Authorized Persons Registration Committee (APRC)Term of office: 2 years (1 January 2012 – 31 December 2013) Structural Engineers Registration Committee (SERC)
Term of office: 2 years (1 January 2012 – 31 December 2013)
   
Name of Appointee: Name of Appointee:
CHEN Marvin LEUNG Kwok Ping Nora
KU Siu Fung Stephen YUEN Kwok Cheung
NG Wing Shun Anthony Vincent  
SZE Kyran Inspectors Registration Committee (IRC)
Term of office: 2 years (1 January 2012 – 31 December 2013)
TAM Kam Yip Antonio
TSENG Yen-wei  
CHO Wing Cheong Peter Name of Appointee:
FONG Suet Yuen Carolin HO Cham
HSIUNG Yee Ming Donna HO Shing Chak Stephen
LAI Siu Kin Rembert HO Chi Lok Nevin
  LAM Chi Kwong
Geotechnical Engineers Registration Committee (GERC)
Term of office: 2 years (1 January 2012 – 31 December 2013)
LAM Yat Fai Kenny
LEE Siu Cheung
  LO Yick Wing
Name of Appointee: LOK Man Fai Felix
LIM See Wai David TONG Yee Hang
LOK Man-fai Felix KWONG Sum Yee Anna
  *(Term of office: 27 April 2012 - 31 December 2013)
     
 

20 February 2012 :

Invitation of Nomination to Architects Registration Board ("ARB") under Architects Registration Ordinance (Cap. 408)

For details, please click here.

Deadline for nomination: on or not later than 12:00noon, 30 March 2012 (Friday)

 
     
     
 

13 June 2011 :

Current Appointment to Government Boards & Committees through Architects Registration Board's nomination (As at 13 June 2011)

For details, please click here.

 
     
     
 

17 December 2010 :

Gender Mainstreaming - Making gender perspective mainstream consideration for achieving gender equality

For details, please click here.