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REGULATION FOR AWARDING OF A CERTIFFICATE "FOR HIGH STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONALISM IN ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE" ESTABLISHED BY THE UNION OF ARCHITECTS OF THE REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN

1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

1.1. This Regulation has been developed in compliance with the law of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the " Recommended International Standards of Professionalism in Architectural Practice" prepared by the International Union of Architects (UIA) for its member sections.
1.2. The key point of awarding of the certificate "For High Standards of Professionalism in Architectural Practice" is to enable recognition of architects achieving high standards of professionalism in their practice thus distinguishing them between the less qualified architects.
The certificate is not intended to prevent architects with lower professional qualification from providing architectural services: simply, the title enables to recognise the persons adhering to the highest standards of professionalism.

2. THE PRINSIPLES OF PROFESSIONALISM

2.1. A nominee (candidate) for the Certificate "For High Standards of Professionalism in Architectural Practice" established by the Union of Architects of the Republic of Azerbaijan should adhere to the principles of professionalism, integrity and competence, and thereby bring to society unique skills and aptitudes essential to the sustainable development of the built environment and the welfare of their societies..
2.2. The principles, which form the basis for professionalism, are established in the "Recommended International Standards of Professionalism in Architectural Practice" developed by the International Union of Architects as well as in codes of ethics and regulations defining professional conduct:
2.2.1. Expertise:
Architects possess a systematic body of knowledge, skills, and theory developed through education, graduate and post-graduate training, and experience. The process of architectural education, training, and experience assure the public that architect has met accepted standards enabling proper performance of his/her activities.. Furthermore, members of most professional societies of architects and indeed, the UIA, are charged to maintain and advance their knowledge of the art and science of architecture, to respect the body of architectural accomplishment, and to contribute to its growth.
2.2.2 Autonomy:
Architects provide objective expert advice to the client and the users. Architects are charged to uphold the ideal that a learned and uncompromised professional judgment should take precedence over any other motive in the pursuit of the art and science of architecture.
Architects are also charged to embrace the spirit and letter of the laws governing their professional affairs and to consider the social and environmental impact of their professional activities.
2.2.3 Commitment:
Architects bring a high level of selfless dedication to the work done on behalf of their clients and society. Members of the profession are charged to serve their clients in a competent and professional manner and to exercise unprejudiced and unbiased judgment on their behalf.
2.2.4 Accountability:
Architects are aware of their responsibility for the independent and, if necessary, critical advice provided to their clients and for the effects of their work on society and the environment. Architects shall undertake to perform professional services only when they are confident that they, together with those whom they may engage as consultants, have the required qualification provided by education, training, and experience.

3. ETHICAL PRINCIPLES

3.1 General Obligations
Architects shall advance their knowledge of the art and science of architecture.

Architects shall respect the body of architectural accomplishment, contribute to its growth, and give precedence to learned and independent professional judgement over any other motive in the pursuit of the art, science, and business of architecture.
Standard 3.1.1 Architects shall ensure that they continually develop their professional knowledge and skill in all areas relevant to their practice.
Standard 3.1.2 Architects shall continually seek to raise the standards of excellence and architectural education, research and training in all relevant area.
Standard 3.1.3 Architects shall ensure that they have appropriate and effective internal procedures, including monitoring and review procedures such as to enable them to discharge their duties efficiently, and have sufficient qualified staff to enable efficient operation of their offices.
Standard 3.1.5 Where work is carried out on behalf of an architect by an employee acting under the direct responsible control of an architect, such a provider shall be responsible for ensuring that such a person is competent to perform the task.
3.2 Obligations in the Public Interest
In the interests of the public Architects must observe both the letter and the spirit of the laws governing their professional practice. They must also take account of the social and environmental impact of their professional activities.
Standard 3.2.1 Architects must conserve the system of values and the natural and cultural heritage of the community in which they are creating architecture.
They shall strive to improve the quality of the life and the habitat within such a community being fully mindful of the effect of their work on the widest interests of all those who may reasonably be expected to use or enjoy the product of their work.
Standard 3.2.2 Architects shall not promote themselves and their professional services in a false manner.
Standard 3.2.3 No architectural firm shall promote itself in a manner misleading the public and possible clients.
Standard 3.2.4 Architects shall abide by the law in their professional practice.
Standard 3.2.5 Architects shall observe and comply with the codes and laws applicable to the architectural services being provided or to be provided in a host State or jurisdiction.
Standard 3.2.6 When, appropriate, Architects, shall strive to participate, as a citizen and professional, in social life and contribute to raising public awareness of architectural issues.
3.3 Obligations to the Client
Architects owe their clients a duty to carry out their work faithfully, conscientiously, in a professional manner. Architects shall exercise independent unprejudiced and unbiased judgement when providing their services. Independent, impartial, learned and professional judgement should take precedence over any other motive in the pursuit of the art, science, and the business of architecture.
Standard 3.3.1 Architects shall only undertake professional work when they are sure that they possess adequate knowledge and abilities. They also shall ensure that the fee agreed for a specific service will provide adequate financial and technical resources in order to fulfill their commitments to their clients in every respect.
Standard 3.3.2 Architects shall perform their professional work with skill, care and due diligence.
Standard 3.3.3 Architects shall carry out their professional work without undue delay and, so far as it is within their power, within an agreed reasonable time limit
Standard 3.3.4 Architects shall keep their client promptly informed of the progress of work or services undertaken on their client’s behalf and of any matters that may affect its quality or cost of the project work especially where limits have been set by the client on quality or cost.
Standard 3.3.5 Architects shall take the responsibility for a work created for their clients and shall agree to undertake provision of professional services only when they are sure they and their employees have required qualification.
Standard 3.3.6 No parties shall start professional work unless a written agreement has been reached on terms for engagement of architects. It shall cover, notably:
• The scope of the work
• The allocation of liabilities;
• Limits on liabilities
• The fee payable or the method of calculating it
• All possible circumstances justifying termination
Standard 3.3.7 Architects shall be remunerated solely by the fees and the benefits specified in the written contracts.
Standard 3.3.8 No architect shall offer any inducements to procure employment from contractors.
Standard 3.3.9 Architects shall observe the confidentiality of the affairs of their clients and must not disclose confidential information without the prior written consent of the client unless disclosure is required by another official governmental body (e.g. if such disclosure is required by a court judgment)
Standard 3.3.10 Architects shall disclose to clients, businessmen or contractors any significant circumstances that might be seen as giving rise to a conflict of interest, they shall ensure that such circumstances do not affect the interests of any such persons or interfere with the duties of architects to exercise impartial judgment about the performance of such persons.
3.4 Obligations in the Interests of the Profession
Architects have an obligation to uphold dignity and ideals of the profession and in all cases shall conduct themselves in a manner that respects the legitimate rights and interests of others
Standard 3.4.1 Architects shall pursue their professional activities with complete honesty and impartiality.
Standard 3.4.2 Architects shall neither take as a partner nor shall act as a co-director with a person whose name has been removed from any professional register (otherwise than at his/her own request) or a person disqualified from membership of a recognised organisation representing architects.
Standard 3.4.3 Architects shall strive, through their actions, to promote the dignity and integrity of their profession, and shall ensure that their representatives and employees conform their ethics and conduct to the same standards, so that no any action or deed will undermine the confidence of their clients and those with whom they work, and citizens collaborating with architects will be protected against distortion of the facts, fraud and misleading statements.
Standard 3.4.4 Architects shall, to the extent possible, to make their creative contribution to enrich the architectural knowledge, culture and education.
3.5 Obligations to colleagues
Architects shall acknowledge professional ambitions and efforts of their colleagues as well as the contribution made to their work by others and require the protection of won rights.
Standard 3.5.1 No architects shall discriminate their colleagues on grounds of race, gender, religion, disability or marital status.
Standard 3.5.2 No architects shall either appropriate the intellectual property, or unduly take advantage of, the ideas of another Architect without a reference to the real author of the idea.
Standard 3.5.3 Architect providing services as an independent consultant shall not propose a fee unless they have a work offer. To be able prepare a fee proposal they shall have sufficient information on the nature and the scope of the project. To protect the client and the public against deliberate underestimation by architect aiming to win a contract, the proposal shall clearly describe the services to be provided against the fee negotiated.
Standard 3.5.4 Architect providing services as an independent consultant shall not revise a proposal for fees to take into account knowledge of a fee that has been proposed by another provider for the same services. This provision shall protect the client and society from under-resourcing by any architect.
Standard 3.5.5 No architect shall attempt to deprive another architect of an assignment.
Standard 3.5.6 No architects shall participate in architectural competitions which are considered unacceptable by the UIA or its member-sections.
Standard 3.5.7 No architects appointed expert-members of any competition shall subsequently be involved in any appointment related thereto.
Standard 3.5.8 No architects shall maliciously or unfairly criticise or attempt to discredit another’s architectural work.
Standard 3.5.9 Architects if approached to undertake a project or other professional work upon which the architect knows or can ascertain by reasonable inquiry that another architect has an existing contract with the same client for the same project or for professional work in connection with that project, shall notify the other provider.
Standard 3.5.10 Architects if appointed to give an opinion on the work of another architect, shall notify that provider, unless it is prejudicial to prospective or actual litigation to do so.
Standard 3.5.11 Architects shall provide appropriate work conditions for their partners and employees, and pay the fair remuneration for their work.
Standard 3.5.12 Architects shall ensure that their personal and professional funds are spent in legitimate and reasonable manner.
Standard 3.5.13 When developing their professional reputation architects shall build on advantages of their work and services provided, and also acknowledge and duly appreciate the work performed by other architects.

4. Main Services Provided in the Framework of Architectural Practice

Architects shall offer professional services in the 7 main areas relevant to the formation of the urban environment.

4.1. Project management (management of the project implementation)
• Mobilization and management of a project team
• Scheduling and work supervision
• Control of project budget implementation
• Negotiations with a client
• Obtaining approval of governmental bodies
• Coordination of activities with consultants and engineers
• Evaluation of the condition of the building after the owner started using the building
4.2 Studies and Planning
• Site survey
• Identification of the project objectives and conditions for its implementation
• Conceptual planning of the project
4.3 Control of expenditures during construction
• Preliminary cost estimates of the construction
• Identification of the cost of the construction offered by architect to client
• Preparation of the most efficient construction process
• Control of expenditures at the construction stage
4.4 Design
• Approval of client's requirements and conditions for the project implementation
• Design and delivery of documents for construction
• Submission of the design to client for approval
4.5 Procurement of construction services (selecting and hiring contractors)
• Selection of construction service provider
• Preparation and negotiation of a construction contract
• Assistance during the conclusion of a construction contract
4.6 Contract administration
• Assistance in construction management
• Clarification of the project tasks; quality control and monitoring
• Monitoring, inspection and reporting of site works
• Issuing instructions regarding changes; making on-site improvements
4.7 Planning the operation and maintenance of a building
• Assistance to property management
• Assistance to organisation of maintenance of a building
• Supervision after the owner started using the building

Services provided by architects are not limited to the offering the aforesaid main services. Urban planning, restoration of historic buildings, reconstruction of existing buildings and many other services are also offered. Such services are rendered in all areas where architects will work based on relevant education and work experience.

5. Practice in a Host Nation

There is an interest in ability of architects to provide services in foreign jurisdictions. In such case they shall be aware and take account of local environmental, social, and cultural factors and ethical and legal standards.
Architects providing architectural services on a project in a country in which they are not registered shall collaborate with a local architect to ensure that proper and effective understanding is given to legal, environmental, social, cultural, and heritage factors. The conditions of the association should be determined by the parties alone in accordance with UIA ethical standards and local statutes and laws.

6. Rules for Awarding a Certificate "For High Standards of Professionalism in Architectural Practice"

6.1 Any citizen of the Republic of Azerbaijan who has a license for architectural practice (and other nationals complying with the requirements of these Rules) can be nominated for a Certificate "For High Standards of Professionalism in Architectural Practice"
6.2 Nominees awarded with the Certificate "For High Standards of Professionalism in Architectural Practice" are approved with a decision of the Secretariat of the Union of Architects of Azerbaijan.
6.3 Normally, Certificates "For High Standards of Professionalism in Architectural Practice" are awarded at a ceremony during the celebration of the World Architecture Day.
6.4 The Certificate is presented by the Chairman of the Board of the Union of Architects of Azerbaijan or his alternate.

 

 

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