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1. Brief on APEC Architect Project
APEC Architect Project was initiated by Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG) to fulfill the multilateral cooperation agreements which signed by APEC members and to provision professional services between member economies. The project was endorsed by the HRDWG at its year 2000 meeting in Brunei. Relevant government departments, Architect Association and other organizations of Australia were entrusted to start the preparation work. There have been several APEC Architect project meetings held. First five meetings were preparation meetings which discussed on setting up the principals and standards of the project. At its six meeting (as the 1st Central Council Meeting) held in 2005 in Tokyo, Japan, APEC Architect Project Central Council was established. Australia, Canada, the People¡¯s Republic of China, Hong Kong China, Japan, Malaysia, Republic of Mexico, New Zealand, Republic of the Philippines, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, United States of America are the Member Economies of the APEC Architect Central Council 2005. Each participating economy has established an APEC Architect Monitoring Committee which has been approved and authorized by the Central Council. It symbolized the formal operation of APEC Architect Project. The 2nd Central Council Meeting was held in Mexico City on May 23-24,2006. At this meeting Singapore and Korea were admitted as the member of the APEC Architect Central Council. The 3rd Central Council Meeting held in Vancover, Canada on August 6-8,2008.

2. The purpose of APEC Architect Project
The aim of the APEC Architect Project is to establish a mechanism, in which the professional skills and experience of APEC Architects are recognized, to facilitate the mobility of architects for the provision of architectural services throughout the APEC region by reducing current barriers to the export of professional services. Each APEC Architect Monitoring Committee will be responsible for the registration and management of the APECT Architects in that economy.


3. APEC Architect
An APEC Architect is a person who is registered, licensed or otherwise professionally recognized as an architect in a participating economy. To become an APEC Architect, the person must be assessed and admitted by participating economy monitoring committee according to the APCT Architect Criteria and registered on a section of the APEC Architect Register maintained by that economy.

4. Standards and criteria of APEC Architect
(1) An APEC Architect applicant shall comprise at least four years of full time study. The education must be of university level (undergraduate course), with architecture and architecture design the principal components.

(2) Applicants for registration as an APEC Architect must pass the home economy architect examination and registered as an architect.

(3) Applicants for registration as an APEC Architect must satisfy the home economy Monitoring Committee that they have completed a minimum period of professional practice of 7 years, after initial registration/licensure as an architect in any participating economy. At least 3 years of that period must have been undertaken as an architect.

(4) To ensure competence, APEC Architect candidates who have not practiced in a position of professional responsibility within for the preceding two years are subject to a requirement to undertake a program of professional development or fulfill other prescribed conditions to be admitted to the APEC Architect Register.


5. APEC Architect Registration
Candidates for registration as an APEC Architect must apply to the authority of their home economy to determine their eligibility for enrolment on that economy¡¯s section of the Register. APEC Architect registration is meaningful in followings:

(1) Based on the APEC Architect Criteria, registration as an APEC Architect defines a level of competence that satisfies designated registration criteria. APEC Architects may be exempt from many current restrictions on access to independent practice, such as pre-registration examination and host economy experience (these restrictions normally imposed on architects from other economies). Even though they may still be tested on practice issues specific to the host economy (e.g. local rules, regulations and standards, etc.); such requirements however must be fully transparent.

(2) To ensure the transparence of APEC Architects mobile services, each participating Monitoring Committee publishes on its websites any special requirements that the home economy places on APEC Architects from other economies.

(3) APEC Architect Register established authoritative and reliable evidence of the achievement of common standards, of professional competence by the architects enrolled on it. It has laid down a good foundation for mutual or multilateral agreement on market entry permission among the economies.

(4) The resolution of Central Council meeting decided that the APEC Architect Register became operational on 19 September 2005.

6. The organizational structure of APEC Architect Project
APEC Architect Project is a cooperative association between regional economies; it is not bound by treaty. Its organizational structure is as follow:

(1) Central Council¡ªThe Central Council is composed of (at least one) representatives from the Monitoring Committee of each economy authorized to operate a section of the Register. The Central Council has ultimate responsibility for all matters relating to the APEC Architect framework. Voting is one of the rules and procedure of the Central Council decision making. Each authorized economy¡¯s Monitoring Committee is entitled to only one vote. The Central Council may delegate authority to authorized Monitoring Committees in each participating economy to carry out its functions. Economies that have not yet received authorization to maintain a section of the APEC Architect Register are also invited by the Council to appoint representatives to attend its meetings as non-voting observers.

(2)Monitoring Committee¡ª each participating economy is required to establish a Monitoring Committee to take responsibility for administration of the APEC Architect framework in that economy, after receiving authorization by the Central Council to do so. Monitoring Committees act with delegated authority from the Central Council to implement its policies and carry out its duties.
The primary duty of a Monitoring Committee is to operate a section of the APEC Architect Register for the enrolment of APEC Architects registered/licensed in that economy. Meanwhile it is also responsible for ensuring the continued maintenance of required standards.

(3) The Secretariat of Central Council
Participating economies take on the role of Secretariat on a rotational basis. The economy acting as Secretariat May delegate any of its functions to another economy by mutual agreement. The Central Council Secretariat is responsible for managing all business of Central Council, conducting of Council meetings, coordinating the work and activities of all Monitoring Committees, maintenance of the APEC Architect Website.

7. Admission to the APEC Architect Register
Each Monitoring Committee was responsible for launching its section of the Register database and linked website to provide relevant APEC Architect registration information in that economy on 19 September 2005. Each Monitoring Committee is responsible for the enrolment of APEC Architects registered/licensed in that economy.

On admission to the Register and put on recorder in Central Council, APEC Architects are issued with a Central Council Certificate of Registration and an APEC Architect Identification Card by the home economy Monitoring Committee.

The registration numbers assigned to APEC Architects by Monitoring Committees consist of a two-letter abbreviation of the home economy, followed by a five digit number. The registration numbers of APEC Architect for P. R. China are: CN xxxxx

8. Website and Language
English has been adopted as the common language for exchanging information among APEC economies, although each economy is also free to use the language of the home economy and any other language of choice. However, the documents submitted to Central Council and information published on the website must be provided in English. Each Monitoring Committee website is to include:
  Brief introductory statement of APEC Architect Project
  Access to the list of APEC Architects in that economy
  Information for registration as an APEC Architect and document download
  A statement of home economy recognition requirements for APEC Architects from other economies


9. The meaning of participating APEC Architect for our country.
Along with the implementation the policies of reform and open the door to outside by Chinese government, the People¡¯s Republic of China has participated the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Asia-Pacifica Economic Cooperation (APEC). It is positive for promoting our economic development and improving our international statues. APEC Architect Project has been concerned by many countries and regions in Asia-Pacific Region and has good influence in the world. There are sixteen economies have participated the work of APEC Architect since the year 2000 and twelve of them have been the members. Our participation to the APEC Architect will be good at strengthening the management of foreign architects working in China; promoting Chinese architect participate multinational services; providing an internationalized qualification platform for domestic design market management.


10. Institutional Structure of APEC Architect Project in our country
(1) APEC Architect Monitoring Committee of P.R. China
APEC Architect Monitoring Committee of P.R. China is composed of representatives of government, registration organization, architectural society and design institutes, and responsible for the overall work of APEC Architect in P.R. China. It also represents APEC Architect of P.R. China in Central Council.

Members of Monitoring Committee of P. R. China:

Director:
Ms. Wang Suqing (Director General of Department o Construction Market Management of the Ministry of Construction, Director of National Architect Registration Management Committee)

Deputy Directors:
Mr. Li Xikui (Former Director General of Department of International Relations of the Ministry of Construction)

Mr. Zhang Qiguang (Deputy Director General of Department of Human Resources and Education of the Ministry of Construction)

Mr. Wang Zaosheng (Deputy Director General of Department o Construction Market Management of the Ministry of Construction)

Mr. Zhao Chunshan (Deputy Director General of Practice Qualification Registration Center of Ministry of Construction)

Mr. Zhou Chang (Secretary General of Architectural Society of China, Registered Architect)

Members:

Mr. Xiu Lu (Deputy Director General of Practice Qualification Registration Center of Ministry of Construction)

Mr. Wan Bin (Director of International Liaison Office of Practice Qualification Registration Center of Ministry of Construction)

Mr. Wang Liqiu (Director of Department of Human Resources and Education of the Ministry of Construction)

Ms. Wang Xiujuan (Deputy Director of Department o Construction Market Management of the Ministry of Construction)

Mr. Cui Kai (Vice President of Architectural Society of China, Registered Architect)

Mr. Zhuang Weimin (Dean School of Architecture, Qinghua University, Registered Architect)

Secretary:

Mr. Cai Chen (Staff of Practice Qualification Registration Center of Ministry of Construction)

List of P. R. China¡¯s members in Central Council:

Mr. Wang Zaosheng (Deputy Director General of Department o Construction Market Management of the Ministry of Construction)

Mr. Xiu Lu (Deputy Director General of Practice Qualigication Registration Center of Ministry of Construction)

Mr. Cui Kai (Vice President of Architectural Society of China, Registered Architect)

(2) Secretariat of Monitoring Committee of P. R. China
The Practice Qualification Registration Center of Ministry of Construction and Architectural Society of China jointly play the role of secretariat of Monitoring Committee of P. R. China and is responsible the daily work.

Principal staff of Secretariat:

Secretary General:

Mr. Xiu Lu: Deputy Director General of Practice Qualification Registration Center of Ministry of Construction

Deputy Secretary General:

Mr. Zhang Baiping: Deputy Secretary of Architectural Society of China


11. How to Register as an APEC Architect
(1) Application and admission procedures:
Application criteria: All architects who are currently registered/licensed or otherwise professionally recognized, and completed a minimum period of professional practice of 7 years can apply for registration as an APEC Architect.

Application materials: Filled APEC Architect application forms, the copy of registered architect certificate, the stamp used during the registration period and the list of completed projects (with the stamp of working unit)

Application procedures: The application forms can be downloaded via the website of China APEC Architect. Send (mail) the filled forms together with other required documents to Secretariat of Monitoring Committee of P. R. China, APEC Architect Project (No. 9 Sanlihe Road, Membership Department of Architectural Society of China. Post code: 100835). Up on the satisfactory of the application, Monitoring Committee will admit the applicant as an APEC Architect and put record in Central Council.

(2) Application time and contact information:
Application is accepted at any time, and will be the reviewed and admitted by batch since 10th September, 2005. Applicant must fill the forms in both Chinese and English.

(3) Contact information of Secretariat of Monitoring Committee
Contact person: Secretariat of Monitoring Committee of P. R. China, APEC Architect Project

Address: Membership Department of Architectural Society of China,
No. 9 Sanlihe Road, Beijing 100835, P. R. China

Tel: +86 10 88082239
Fax: +86 10 88082222
Email: asc@mail.cin.gov.cn

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Tel: +86 10 88082239  Fax: +86 10 88082222 Email: asc@mail.cin.gov.cn
Address: Membership Department of Architectural Society of China, No. 9 Sanlihe Road, Beijing 100835, P. R. China