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Danish Architects’ Association (DAA)

Abenra 34 - DK-1124 Copenhagen K
Phone: + 45 3085 9000
Email: ab(at)arkitektforeningen(dot)dk

Akademisk Arkitektforening (Danish Architects’ Association) – organizing 6,700 architects educated according to the PQD. Members are entitled to the title Arkitekt MAA.

Danish Association of Architectural Firms (DA)

Vesterbrogade 1E, 2 sal.-1620 København K
Phone: + 45 32 83 05 00
Fax: +45 32 83 07 30
Email: info(at)danskeark(dot)dk

Danske Arkitektvirksomheder, DANSKE ARK, organizes around 760 companies which together employ approximately 4,500 employees and account for about 85-90% of the aggregate building contract sums in Denmark.

The members of DANSKE ARK are private firms of consulting architects that are charged with architectural assignments and where the day-to-day management is undertaken by at least one person educated as an architect (according to the PQD). This person must have worked as a full-time architect for a minimum period of five years, including two years as a self-employed person or responsible leader.

DANSKE ARK focus on subjects related to the architectural offices´ needs and demands, including their role as businesses and employers;
- Wages and working conditions
- Public procurement
- Contractual issues
- Sustainability
- Constructions politics
- Architectural politics
- Education and competence
- Exports
- Business development


Professional title

Protection of the title of architectNo
Protection of the function of architectsNo
Professional title cand.arch. and/or Arkitekt MAA (if  member of the Danish Architects’ Association)
The profession of architect is not regulated; the practice of the profession is unrestricted. However, people operating in the building industry, including architects, must have insurance. One of the requirements for obtaining insurance is a number of years of professional experience in the field of architecture.
Mandatory RegistrationNo
If yes, Where ? N/A
Competent authority There is no obligation to register with an association or an official list.

There exists an association of Danish architects organizing all architects educated according to the directive, entitled Akademisk Arkitektforening – the Danish Architects’ Association and an organisation representing architectural companies, Danske Arkitektvirksomheder – the Danish Association of Architectural Firms.

A voluntary registration can be made with the Architects’ Association of Denmark (AA). This association is a private body that has a national head office and 7 local chapters. Membership of the Danish Architects’ Association is compulsory in order to use the title Architect MAA.

Access to the profession: How to become an architect in this country ?

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- No entrance examination
- 5 years academic education (2+3) given at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and the School of Architecture in Aarhus.
- Final examination of the academic training giving access to the diploma   
- No Professional training required
- Complementary academic training (not compulsory)


Additional compulsory practical training- internshipNot compulsory
No professional experience required. A majority of students who graduate from the schools (5 years) gain practical experience (approximately half a year) in their holidays during their study.
Requirement for undertaking a period of traineeship No
Period of traineeship supervised (overseen)
By who ?
Practical training period
Where ?
To which conditions
Number of hours per month requiredNone
Compulsory Professional examinationNo
Complementary professional educationNo
Remuneration of the TraineeshipNone
Trainee accompaniedNone
Specific supplementary courses organisedNo
Model form of contract availableNo
Traineeship and practical experience undertaken abroad taken into accountNo
Evaluation of the TraineeshipNo
Evaluation method used 

Liability and insurance

5 and 20 years (counted from acceptance).
Neither the title nor the function is protected.

Read the insurance sheet

Continuous Professional Development

Does a system of CPD for architects exists in your country ?Yes
If yes:
- Is it compulsory ?
- Is it encouraged ?
- Is it free ?
If it is compulsory,
is it required by law,
or by a Code of Conduct ?
Not compulsory
If it is regulated, who regulates the system:
a professional body,
a governmental body,
a combination of the two ?

Is it organised ? 
Who provides the courses:Professional/architects’ bodies, the schools of architecture and  other institutions or firms
What level of training is provided:General awareness; Regulation and legislation, sustainability; management;  renovation, accessibility,
Are certain subjects mandatory ?No
What types of activities or provisions are accepted :Courses; Workshop, Excursions or visits 
Do you have any evaluation criteria for the CPD material ?CPD material developed by the Danish Architects’ Association is always evaluated by the participants
Who recognize (accredits) these trainings :
Development of the trainings :
A. Estimated number of courses / year
B. Estimated number of participants / year
C. Estimated lesson hours / year
Figures from the Danish Architects’ Association:
35 / year
800 / year 
Level of requirements for the architects :
Is this required level validated or checked and how:
A. Not requested,
B. Self-assessment of value,
C. Attendance tracking,
D. Self-assessment using self-test,
E. By regular checks,
F. Examination,
G. Thesis,
H. Others means (e.g. electronic monitoring) ?

Is training (provision) delivered abroad accepted ? 
What kind of sanction is applied for the non-compliance with CPD obligation:
A. None,
B.  Reprimand,
C. Expulsion from the register,
D. Other ?
Do you have a database of the content of your CPD Programme ?Yes. At the Danish Architects’ Association –

Requirements to practice in this country

What requirements must a European architects fulfil to practice in this country ?

The same as the Danish architects, i.e. none.



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