Chennai Architecture Foundation (CAF) is a not for profit organization established to promote architecture, urbanism and education in the city of Chennai. It facilitates and promotes critical public engagement with built environment issues by organizing lectures, discussions and events. CAF addresses students, professionals, city mangers and public alike and spotlights the importance of design in enhancing the quality of cities and life in them.
Our programme will include
Monthly Talks by eminent practitioners in the field of architecture and allied disciplines from the country
Biannual lectures by Master Architects from both India and abroad with the city as the audience.
Exhibition on design themes, accompanied by debates and lectures
Design workshops and Scholarships for Architecture students and
May 01 2013
Dr. M M.Pallam Raju
Hon’ble Cabinet Minister
Ministry of Human Resource Development
Government of India
New Delhi – 110 115
CAF (Chennai Architecture Foundation) is trust formed by several of the leading practicing architects in the city of Chennai as a forum to voice, share, discuss and resolve issues facing the fraternity and the profession. We have come to know that MHRD is trying to introduce an Amendment to the Architect’s Act 1972, in the Rajya Sabha. The new bill is being introduced in the parliament without any consideration for the status of Architectural profession in our Country or for improving the Architectural Education of this Nation. This bill is being introduced only with a view of gaining control of the Council of Architecture by the officials of the Central government.
The Architect’s Act 1972 was passed in the Parliament of India to nurture the Architectural Profession and Architectural Education in our country. It has all the office bearers as elected and nominated representatives from all over the country. It is an Autonomous body which is represented by professionals in the field of Architecture. By introducing this Amendment, the government is jeopardizing the basic structure of the Council, which is so far headed by eminent Architects of this country. As professional Architects we strongly object to this arbitrary action from the government.
If at all the Architect’s Act 1972 has to be amended, it should be done democratically. The government should get the opinion of the Council of Architecture, Indian Institute of Architects, Heads of Architectural Institutions and Eminent Architectural professionals. Even after this, the proposed amendments should be published in the national dailies and websites of Council of Architecture, MHRD, IIA and call for objections / improvements from the cross section of the society.
We as a representative body of Architects from Chennai Architecture Foundation feel that instead of trying to gain control of the Council, if the government tries to bring in amendments in the following areas of the profession, it will do well to the society at large.
1. Council of Architecture should act as a nurturing agency to the profession of Architecture.
2. Council shall register the Architectural Practice and issue a Certificate of Practice.
3. Council shall also allow LLPs, keeping in mind the changing times of corporate practice and also provide regulatory mechanism for the same.
4. Council shall interact with Development regulatory authorities and finalise an Architect’s role in the building designing, building construction and its commissioning.
5. Enforce the minimum mandatory fee and also the services to be provided by the Architect.
6. Council shall have zonal offices and the powers can be decentralized.
7. Architectural Education shall have clear directions from the Council to interact with the Practicing Architects and each Institution shall have representation from a group of Practicing Architects.
Architecture as a profession is gaining great importance in our country and the whole world is looking at us for the development and inherent challenges that is being brought in because of this development. If we have a strong fraternity of Architects, supported by the government, together we can face these challenges.
Therefore, we request you to look into the matter with more sensitivity and approach the amendment of the Architect’s Act 1972 democratically.