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Tuesday, February 1, 2005 - Architects Awareness Week being celebrated this week (January 30 - February 5) has taken on added significance for its membership, with the recent passing of the Architects Registration Act on January 21, 2005.

So said President of the Saint Lucia Institute of Architects (SLIA) Mark Hennicart, who pointed out that along with its 9th Anniversary, the architects were celebrating the recognition now accorded to them through the Act.

“This achievement is momentous, for architects have lobbied consistently for the profession to be recognised through legislation”, Mr. Hennicart said, calling on the current 32 members of the Institute to approach their new status with responsibility and sensitivity.

He commended the government for its vision and recognition of the contribution which the practice of architecture makes to sustainable development, noting that the Architecture Registration Act now provides for the registration and regulation of the practice of architecture, but more importantly however, the Act entrusts architects with a serious responsibility for the human environment.

In declaring Architects Awareness Week open, Minister for Physical Development, Environment and Housing, Honourable Ferguson John, who piloted the Act through Parliament said the Act would support the mandate of architects.

“In this Architectural Awareness Week, you will be asked to meet the challenge of shaping an environment, which is sustainable, which is friendly and which will leave a legacy for future generations. It is that responsibility that has led this government to pass legislation empowering architects, and placing the future and the landscape of this country firmly in your hands,” Minister John said.

Architects Awareness Week is being held under the theme: Sun, Sea and Architecture, reflecting the architects’ role in tourism development.

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