The project CONNECTARCH (May 2017 - April 2021) aims to reinforce the sector’s capacity and help the profession to face current and forthcoming challenges: cross-border and trans-national mobility, increased competition from outside the EU, adaptation to digital technologies, acquisition of new skills and competences. It is made up of 10 activities grouped under four inter-related over-arching objectives, namely:


1. Strengthening the ACE network and increasing collaboration among its members – notably by increasing knowledge-sharing and peer-to-peer learning among ACE members and enhancing their ability to engage in EU policy and law-making processes;

2. Improving the transnational mobility of European architects – to contribute to the realisation of the full potential of EU Internal Market legislation, notably by identifying and promoting opportunities and partnerships in the EU and beyond;

3. Enabling European Architects to build up their professional and business skills – notably by organising CPD modules to help architects and firms to maintain and acquire new skills to remain globally competitive and flourish in new markets;

4. Creating an Observatory for the architectural profession – to inform EU and national policy-makers of market conditions and trends, on various aspects of the profession, by providing comparative, quantitative and qualitative data on sector developments.


The project is co-funded by Creative Europe, the EU Commission’s financing instrument that supports Europe’s cultural and creative sectors. The European Networks sub-programme is designed to help the cultural and creative sectors to operate transnationally and to strengthen their competiveness, notably by providing professionals with specific skills and experience, to enable them to expand their careers in Europe and beyond.

CONNECTARCH enables ACE to run many varied activities to strengthen the capacities and visibility of the profession at EU level and beyond, for the benefit of its Member Organisations, and ultimately all European architects. With this project, ACE is tackling the challenges of today and invest in the future.

List of activities available on the ACE website


Education and Practice: The Future Architect - Joint ACE-EAAE Symposium in coordination with CNAPPC

The Symposium took place all day on the 6th May 2017 and was dedicated to the relationship of architectural education and the practise of architecture. 

For more information check the webpage

Architecture: Towards a Step Change in Building Performance

In the framework of the 2017 EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) and the Federal Chamber of German Architects (BAK) organised on Thursday 22 June 2017 in Brussels two public events on the theme Architecture: Towards a Step Change in Building Performance. 

For more information check the webpage


The ''BIM IN EUROPE'' Conference presented the results of three years of work of the ACE BIM Work Group, together with interventions by the EU BIM Task Group, CEN Committee and BIM users. The event was organised with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

For more information check the webpage

Best example of Architectural Design Contests in Europe

Read here the brochure

20 Architectural Projects against Climate Change

Read here the brochure

Architectural Design Contests in Europe (webpage)

Check here the database

Jobs in Europe (webpage)

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Traineeship in Europe (webpage)

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CPD events in Europe (webpage)

Check here the database

Mutual Recognition Agreement with the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authority (CALA)

Read here the full text of MRA

Ordinary decision-making procedure – EU Policy and law-making processes and guidelines for effective advocacy in Brussels

See here the presentation.

ACE Energy Day 2018 - Smart and Smart-er: Architecture and Building Performance

In our data-driven economy, digitalisation and the growing use and demand for data has been transformative. The collection and use of building performance data is still at embryonic stages but is expected to contribute hugely to reducing building operation costs, improving building performance, increasing occupant comfort. Presentations and videos available here

Work with European Architects!

The ACE Internationalisation & New Business Models (IBM) Task Force produced a brochure to highlight the main reasons for working with European Architects. Available here Version 1 - Version 2

Webinar on Level(s): Building Sustainability Performance

The Architects’ Council of Europe, in partnerships with BUILD UP, organised a one-hour webinar on Level(s) on Monday 25 June, from 12h00 to 13h00. Level(s) is a voluntary reporting framework developed by the European Union to improve the sustainability of buildings. Using existing standards, Level(s) provides a common EU approach to the assessment of environmental performance in the built environment. Videos and presentations available here.


How to register in another Member State

Directive 2005/36/EC provides for the mutual recognition of professional qualifications in the European Union. These are the basic steps that you may be required to take should you wish to have your qualification recognised in another country for the purposes of registration or to be allowed to provide services. Check the infograph


Conference: Adaptive Re-Use and Transition of the Built Heritage

In the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH), the Architects' Council of Europe (ACE) is organising on Friday 23 November in Leeuwarden (The Netherlands) a public conference on Adaptive Re-Use and Transition of the Built Heritage. More info here 

ACE Sector Study 2018

The ACE Sector Study is a biennial survey that collects and analyses statistical, sociological and economic data on the European Architects, the architectural market and the architectural practices. Download the report here


Conference "How to Achieve Quality in the Built Environment: Quality assurance tools and systems" 

The conference will aim to bring together architects, academics and experts from local public authorities, national governments and the EU institutions in order to call into question the concept of quality architecture and discuss existing tools, policies and good practices that enable to ensure that high-quality architecture is actually achieved in the built environment. More info here


ACE Guide: An Introduction to BIM

The guide aims to give advice on how to deal with challenges that emerge when a project is to be designed using BIM and provide an example of what can be considered as established practice when working with 3D software and BIM related processes. Read the guide here

ACE Guide to Working Internationally

This guide aims to assist architects to develop international business opportunities and secure longterm success by adopting a strategic approach to their ventures into new markets. Read the guide here

Report: Cross-border services trade and regulation

Evidence from the European architectural sector - Read the report here

ACE study on the Role of Architecture in Building Performance as Defined by the EU Level(s) Scheme

The Architects’ Council of Europe commissioned a study, co-funded by the EU Creative Europe programme, in order to better understand the usefulness and possible impacts of this new scheme on the quality and sustainability of the built environment. Download the report here

Quality architecture for sustainable and high-­performing buildings

ACE Energy day at the European Sustainable Energy Week. More info here

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