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