The Voice of Architects in Europe

The Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) is the representative organisation for the architectural profession at European level. Its membership consists of regulatory and professional representative bodies throughout Europe. Through them, the ACE represents the interests of over 560.000 architects.+

The Architectural Profession in Europe 2016

Fifth edition of the Sector Study commissioned by the ACE. This study collects statistical data about architects and their practice. It updates the 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 studies and is based on more than 27,000 responses received from architects in 26 ACE member countries. +


In early 2014, the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) launched a Manifesto for the European Parliament elections, calling on candidates to commit to promoting responsible architecture, advancing highest professional standards and optimising professional mobility. Read here the suite of eight...+


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ACE welcomes the Public Procurement Package and reiterates its recommendations for quality-based public procurement


While the European Parliament is currently preparing an own-initiative report on the Public Procurement Strategy package that the Commission adopted in October 2017, the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) reiterates its recommendations for quality-based public procurement. The ACE underlines the l...

Public Procurement in the EU: President of the Federal Chamber of German Architects presents position of the profession in the European Parliament


In October 2017, the European Commission issued a Public Procurement Package with the aim of making public procurement more efficient and thereby creating jobs and growth. The package contains recommendations for a better implementation of the EU public procurement directives revised in 2014. On 19...

Interview with Georg Pendl, elected ACE President for 2018/2019


On 1 December 2017 Arch. Georg Pendl was elected as new ACE President for the years 2018-2019. Mr Pendl has enjoyed a long collaboration with the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) and acted as Executive Board Member, Area Coordinator, Work Group Chairman and Head of the Austrian Delegation. ...


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Services Package - Last updates


Proportionality Test before adoption of new professional regulation Following the adoption of the Council’s General Approach in June, and the Internal Market Committee (IMCO) report in December 2017, representatives from the Commission, Council and Parliament met for three rounds of...

Energy Package / Revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive


On 19 December 2017, representatives from the Estonian Presidency and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on the revised Directive on the energy performance of buildings (EPBD). This provisional political agreement was confirmed on 31 January by the EU ambassadors and on 23...

Practice of the Profession: Recommendations for Architectural Design Contests (ADC), Master Document for an ADC, Public Participation and Contracts below thresholds


On 2 December 2017 the ACE General Assembly approved four documents issued by the Public Procurement and Architectural Design Competitions Work Group: Recommendations for Design ContestsIntroduction to the master document for an architectural design competition by the ACEPublic Participation in...

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