Create Your Badge The accredited professional organization for architects, United Architects of the Philippines is in the process of revising the Standards of Professional Practice covering UAP Documents 201-208. The Architects Code of Ethics (UAP DOC 200) was the first to be revised and was approved by the PRC almost two years ago and revision to the other documents governing professional practice is also in the process of discussion and completion.
During the recent UAP Area B Assembly last Feb 1-4 on-board Negros Navigations' MS San Paolo, spearheaded by the VP for Area B Domingo Ll. Tablizo, Jr, FUAP, a presentation on the proposed revisions was conducted by the head of the special committee on revisions. Immediate Past President of UAP, Edric Marco Florentino, FUAP enlightened member architects of area B into the draft revisions and encouraged members to provide inputs to get a more responsive standards Filipino architects will follow.
The revisions committee started with Doc201 and at this time the different sub-committees handling each of the documents have already more or less completed their draft and are to be submitted for further comments. The last document 208 is still in the early stage of revisions and the committee is soliciting ideas from member architects. The assembly is the first of such round-table discussions to be conducted all over the country.
The existing Doc208 provides the standards for professional fees to be charged to different types of projects. It classifies the complexity of projects undertaken and the type of services which architects normally provides to clients. It lists down 9 categories for architects services and the corresponding minimum professional fee. This is the most controversial document since many architects are violating the provisions of this part of the Architects National Code.
Here are some of the initial reactions/proposals given during the presentation:
a) Can the category for residential projects be subdivided into simple, medium and complex same as other structures?
b) How would you properly define category 1(simple), category 2(medium), and category 3(complex projects)?
c) Structural designing in the old law was changed to structural conceptualization. Is this a service which architects should also charge?
d) Why not separate architectural component from engineering and charge only for architectural? -so client will understand that not all that is paid to the architect goes to their pocket.
I provided this forum to get more responses from Filipino architects who are familiar with Doc 208 and to get more insights into what should be done and how it is to be done, as well as how much should be charged for the particular category of projects and services. Please feel free to provide your comments.
(related article: A simplified guide to architects fees in Austria and Germany)
In addition, I have provided a poll below to determine what should be the rates for the first 4 categories.
Group 1: What should be the minimum basic fee for Type 1 Projects (simple-minimal or no interior wall partitions)?
Group 2: Min. basic fee for Type 2 projects (medium-complex)?
Group 3: Min. basic fee for Type 3 projects (complex projects-with special equipments/requirements inside)?
Group 4: Min. basic fee for residential projects?
PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR COMMENTS BELOW.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009