Fundamental Requirements of an Architect by UIA (International Union of Architects)

SFG mimari upholds and practices the qualities, listed below by UIA's "Accord on Recommended International Standards of Professionalism in Architectural Practice".


In August 1985, for the first time, a group of countries came together to set down the fundamental knowledge and abilities of an architect (*).

These include:

3.1. Ability to create architectural designs that satisfy both aesthetic and technical requirements, and which aim to be environmentally sustainable;

3.2. Adequate knowledge of the history and theories of architecture and related arts, technologies, and human sciences;

3.3. Knowledge of the fine arts as an influence on the quality of architectural design;

3.4. Adequate knowledge of urban design, planning, and the skills involved in the planning process;

3.5. Understanding of the relationship between people and buildings and between buildings and their environments, and of the need to relate buildings and the spaces between them to human needs and scale;

3.6. Understanding of the profession of architecture and the role of architects in society, in particular in preparing briefs that account for social factors;

3.7. Understanding of the methods of investigation and preparation of the brief for a design project;

3.8. Understanding of the structural design, construction, and engineering problems associated with building design; 

3.9. Adequate knowledge of physical problems and technologies and of the function of buildings so as to provide them with internal conditions of comfort and protection against climate;

3.10. Design skills necessary to meet building users’ requirements within the constraints imposed by cost factors and building regulations;

3.11. Adequate knowledge of the industries, organizations, regulations, and procedures involved in translating design concepts into buildings and integrating plans into overall planning;

3.12. Awareness of responsibilities toward human, social, cultural, urban, architectural, and environmental values, as well as architectural heritage.

3.13. Adequate knowledge of the means of achieving ecologically sustainable design and environmental conservation and rehabilitation.

3.14. Development of a creative competence in building techniques, founded on a comprehensive understanding of the disciplines and construction methods related to architecture.

3.15. Adequate knowledge of project financing, project management, cost control and methods of project delivery.

3.16. Training in research techniques as an inherent part of architectural learning, for both students and teachers."