On 20 April, on the occasion of its General Assembly in Brussels, the Architects' Council of Europe adopted a motion calling on Brexit negotiators to replicate the provisions of the EU Professional Qualifications Directive in any future agreement, in order to facilitate the mobility of EU and UK architects in Europe after the UK leaves the European Union.
The Architects' Council of Europe:
The President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Ben Derbyshire says: “The unanimous adoption of this motion by our colleagues in Europe illustrates how important this is for a global profession concerned with attracting and retaining the best talent.”
ACE President, Georg Pendl, said: "The European community of architects warns against the possible consequences of the Brexit for the mobility of European and UK architects. We call on the negotiators on both sides to maintain the actual status quo concerning the principle of mutual recognition of qualifications in our profession. We strongly oppose any steps which would result in restricting the existing options of coworking. The architectural profession is a creative profession, and for many decades, not to say centuries, it has been accustomed to an approach that it open to the outside. The exchange of experience, approaches, ways of designing and working is a key prerequisite for creative and innovative processes, and is the basis for the development of culture, skills and innovation in the profession. We appeal to those concerned not to limit these opportunities".