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ACE INFO #4 - August/September 2018


European Year of Cultural Heritage: ACE conference on Adaptive Re-use and Transition of the Built Heritage, 23 November in Leeuwarden (NL)

In the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH), ACE is organising a full day conference on the theme "Adaptive Re-use and Transition of the Built Heritage". The event will take place on Friday 23 November in Leeuwarden (Netherlands), of of the 2018 EU Capitals of Culture.

Work with European Architects !

The ACE Internationalisation & New Business Models (IBM) Task Force has produced a brochure (in 2 versions) to highlight the main reasons for working with European Architects. 

Free download available:

Version 1

Version 2

How to register in another Member State

Are you planning to work in another EU country? ACE has created a step by step guide through the registration process.

Check here to see the infograph.

Winners announced for the 2018 Young Talent Architecture Award

On 28 June, the European Commission, the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, the Architects’ Council of Europe and the European Association for Architectural Education announced the winners of the Young Talent Architecture Award 2018 (YTAA 2018).

The 4 awarded architects are:

  • Hendrik Brinkmann, College of Architecture, Media and Design

Berlin University of the Arts;

  • Julio Gotor Valcárcel, Madrid School of Architecture, Polytechnic University of Madrid;
  • Matthew Gregorowski, The Cass Faculty of Art Architecture & Design, London Metropolitan University;
  • Loed Stolte, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology.


Entry into force of the Directive on Proportionality Test

In June, the Parliament and the Council adopted in the same terms the Directive on a Proportionality Test before adoption of new regulation of professions (Directive 2018/958 of 28 June 2018). The text was published in the Official Journal of the EU on 9 July and entered into force 20 days later. This Directive lays down rules for a common framework for conducting proportionality assessments before introducing new, or amending existing, legislative, regulatory or administrative provisions restricting access to, or the pursuit of, regulated professions, with a view to ensuring the proper functioning of the internal market, while guaranteeing a high level of consumer protection. Member States shall bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive by 30 July 2020.

Entry into force of the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)

On 9 July 2018, the revised Directive on the energy performance of buildings (EPBD) (Directive 2018/844/EU) entered into force, closing the legislative procedure started in November 2016. Decarbonising the existing highly inefficient building stock is one of its long term goals. The Directive promotes cost-effective renovation work, introduces a smartness indicator for buildings, simplifies the inspections of heating and air conditioning systems and promotes electro-mobility by setting up a framework for parking spaces for electric vehicles. Member States shall bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive by 10 March 2020. The Commission shall review this Directive by 1 January 2026 at the latest, in the light of the experience gained and progress made during its application, and, if necessary, make proposals. As part of that review, the Commission shall assess in particular the need for further improvement of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).

The ACE calls for an ambitious implementation of the Directive by the Commission and Member States. It welcomes some improvements (renovation targets, consideration of well-being and comfort) but regrets that the co-legislators have not gone far enough in some areas (EPCs, disclosure of data, measurement of actual performance). Read the ACE position on the final EPBD.

Public procurement: MEPs call for better implementation and use of quality criteria

On 3 October 2017, the Commission presented a package of two Communications and one Recommendation in the area of public procurement. The first Communication sets out the priority areas for improvement in the area of public procurement both at Member State and Commission level, while the Recommendation provides for steps to be taken by Member States for the professionalisation of public buyers. In June 2018, MEPs of the Internal Market committee (IMCO) adopted a report in response to this package. MEPs expressed disappointment at the pace at which many Member States have transposed the 2014 public procurement directives and by the many delays, urging them to swiftly complete the transposition. They asked the EU Commission to better and more clearly organise the guides and other tools developed to help Member States with the implementation of the public procurement framework in a more accessible and user-friendly way. They also welcomed the fact that many EU countries had made provisions for the use of quality criteria (including the best price-quality ratio) and encourage its systematic application. The report said that contracting authorities should apply “other criteria than the lowest price or cost effectiveness only, including qualitative, environmental and/or social aspects”, and consider the full life-cycle of products, including their impact on the environment, in their purchasing decisions. This IMCO report is due to be voted by the full House in September’s plenary session.

Future of the Creative Europe Programme (2021 - 2027)

On 30 May, the EU Commission published a proposal for a regulation establishing the next Creative Europe Programme (2021 to 2027), the EU Commission's framework programme for support to the audiovisual and culture sectors, including architecture. The Commission proposed horizontal actions to support cultural platforms and networks (such as the ACE ConnectArch network) and to support the mobility of cultural professionals and their operation at international level. The Commission also proposed sectorial actions targeting specifically the Architecture sector: "targeted actions for the mobility of operators, capacity-building, audience development and internationalisation of the cultural heritage and architecture sectors, promotion of Baukultur, support for the safeguarding, conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage and its values through awareness-raising, networking and peer-to-peer learning activities". The Council and Parliament will discuss the Commission's proposal in the coming months.


Alexandru Găvozdea elected new President of the Romanian Order of Architects (OAR)

The Romanian Order of Architects (OAR) is pleased to announce the election of its new President, arch. Alexandru Găvozdea, by the National Conference held on 30 June - 1 July 2018.

Alexandru Găvozdea is the founder of the a.plan architectural practice from Sibiu, in 2006. In 2004, he graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Bucharest University of Architecture and Urban Planning and holds a PhD in Built Heritage Preservation. He is a certified urban planner, a specialist in urban history studies and heritage protection and a judicial technical expert near the Ministry of Justice.

At European and international level, he is committed to work for the further strengthening of the OAR cooperation with the Architects Council of Europe (ACE), the International Union of Architects (UIA) and other regional and international organisations. Thus, by sharing good practices and successful experiences in architectural design and urban planning with his fellow architects from around the world, he aims at advancing the interests of the architectural profession and increasing the quality of architecture and, ultimately, the quality of people’s living standard and well-being

Alan Jones elected RIBA President 2019-21

Alan Jones has been elected as the next President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Alan will take over the two-year presidential term from Ben Derbyshire next year (1 September 2019); from 1 September 2018 he will officially become RIBA President Elect.

Alan Jones is a chartered architect, director of his own architecture practice based in County Antrim, Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast and the RIBA’s Vice President for Education.

UK: New Degree Apprenticeships allow architecture students to earn while they learn

For the first time, UK students hoping for a career as an architect can access two apprenticeships as a route into the profession.

Apprenticeships are an initiative backed by government, the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) and industry.  Employers are able to access funding to take on apprentices and enable them apprentices to receive on and off-the-job training while earning a salary. 

Two sets of standards for the UK were developed through the collaborative working of an Architecture Trailblazer Group of 20 practices supported by the Architects Registration Board (ARB), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and several UK universities.

Approved in June 2018 by the IfA, the Architectural Assistant apprenticeship encompasses a UK Part 1 level qualification (first degree) and the Architect Apprenticeship encompasses Part 2 and Part 3 level qualifications.  It is hoped this new route to registration in the UK will be a significant step towards diversifying the profession by providing increased accessibility to education and employment.

As ARB and RIBA are fully supportive of this exciting new route into the profession and welcomed the opportunity to work with a range of organisations on this initiative to ensure all relevant requirements for registration, the prescription of qualifications in the UK and RIBA Chartered Membership would be covered by the apprenticeships’ framework.  The ARB website features a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to assist institutions considering developing provision and will host guidance for apprentices in the near future.   The RIBA website features information for practices and those interested in becoming apprentices.

Both apprenticeships are expected to be offered by UK universities from September 2018

News from the Latvian Association of Architects

On 29 May Mr. Juris Poga was elected new President of the Latvian Association of Architects. The Council of the Latvian Association of Architects Congress was also renewed and a new Board of Directors is in place since July.

> On the occasion of The Latvian Association of Architects' Congress architects were introduced to a study about the improvement of continuous education of architects and participated in a discussion about guidelines of the Architectural law in Latvia. 

> The Liepaja State Gymnasium No. 1 ( architect Ilze Meksha, Wonderfull Ltd) was awarded the Grand Prix of the Latvian Architecture Award 2018. 

More information

The Davos Declaration presented in Madrid

The presentation of the Davos Declaration 2018  took place at the head office of the Order of Architects of Madrid (Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid) on Friday 8 June 2018. It was attended by the instigators of the Declaration together with representatives of the main institutions and entities related to culture, architecture, heritage and society. ACE President Georg Pendl, CSCAE President Lluis Comeron and other ACE Delegates took part to the debate. 

See here the full video of the event. 

News from the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland

Booking Opens for the 2018 RIAI Annual Conference, Dublin RDS Main Hall, 5-6 October

Booking has now opened for the biggest Irish architectural gathering of the year – The RIAI Annual Conference 2018. An impressive line-up of international and national speakers will discuss this year’s conference theme Leadership | Innovation | Creativity including Professor Phillip G. Bernstein from the Yale School of Architecture who will discuss why architecture needs a new business model; Sadie Morgan, a Director of drmm Architects in London, will share how architects extend their influence into areas such as London’s new transport infrastructure High Speed Two; while architect Philip Vivian, a Director of Sydney-based Bates Smart Architects will speak on developing architectural practice through design competitions.

For further information on the speakers and the programme click here 

All Eyes on Ireland - FREESPACE, La Biennale di Venezia, until 25 November

Open to the public until Sunday 25 November 2018, at the Giardini and the Arsenale, the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, titled FREESPACE, is curated by Irish architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara and organized by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta. For further information click here

In addition, the digital edition of Architecture Ireland issued a special edition on the Venice Biennale, which is now available to view online

RIAI Marked ‘International Women in Architecture Day’ on 17 July

The RIAI marked 'International Women in Architecture Day' on 17 July. This was the second year of the hugely popular event curated by RIAI Past President Carole Pollard.

The event featured talks on the Irish pavilion at the Venice Biennale Free Market by two of its curators Miriam Delaney and Tara Kennedy. The Members and guests were welcomed to the RIAI by CEO Kathryn Meghen and President David Brown.

Click here for further information

RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2018

The RIAI announced on 8 June – at a ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House, attended by over 350 – the winners of 2018 RIAI Architecture Awards.  Now in their 29th year and with 15 categories, this year’s shortlist included 32 projects, spanning 12 counties across Ireland as well as an international project in India.  The jury chose 20 Award Winners and gave awards to 12 Highly Commended and 8 Commended entries.  2018 saw the highest number of entries to the awards since before the recession and the standard was so high that the jury also selected 63 projects for exhibition, which will be shown at the RIAI offices and online later this year.  Full details and images of all the winning projects are available at


ACE is currently involved in four European co-funded research projects with three more being in the stage of Grant Agreement preparation, expected to start in November 2018

All projects address issues related to sustainability, climate change, resource efficiency and building renovation. The projects develop and test for instance innovative building envelope systems and technologies, BIM, CPD training, desicion support tools for occupants and business models to finance energy retrofits, along with policy position papers. Through these ACE seeks to promote the architects’ role in energy efficient construction and urban regeneration, to influence cutting edge research and make it more applicable for European architects.

Read here ACE project's news


ACE Webinar on Level(s): Report, video and presentations available

On 25 June, in collaboration with BUILD UP, ACE organised a webinar to inform architects about Level(s) and invite them to engage with piloting the Level(s) scheme. Level(s) is a voluntary reporting framework developed by the EU Commission to improve the sustainability of buildings. Using existing standards, it provides a common EU approach to the assessment of environmental performance in the built environment. Speakers discussed the aims, applicability, case studies and benefits of the Level(s) scheme and outlined ways of participating in the testing phase. A summary of the webinar, speakers' presentations and a recording of the session are available on the ACE website.

EU Sustainable Energy Week: ACE Energy Day and Policy Conference

On 7 June, in the framework of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), ACE organised a half-day public workshop on the theme Smart and Smart-er: Architecture and Building Performance, in order to discuss the opportunities and risks raised by digitalisation, data collection and the use of smart technologies in buildings; as well as the potential benefits of data collection and smart building management on architectural quality and occupant well-being. All speakers' presentations and video recording of the sesions are available on the ACE website. The day before, ACE Executive Board Member Ruth Schagemann participated in a EUSEW Policy Conference on the Contribution of Energy Smart Solutions to Social Cohesion.

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