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Membership
As Member
 

An individual who possesses the architectural education qualifications accredited / recognized by HKIA/ARB and passes one of the below examinations: 

  • - HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment (PA) (see below the third session); or,
  • - Non-Local Architectural Professional (NLAP) (see below the fourth session)

    Is eligible to apply for  Member of the Institute and hence eligible for applying the Architects Registration Board, HKSAR (ARB) as a Registered Architect (RA) in Hong Kong under the Architects Registration Ordinance of the Hong Kong SAR Government. 

 

 

Not all architectural programmes are accredited / recognised by HKIA/ARB. Please click "Eligibility for the PA" to find an accredited architectural programme for the purpose of applying HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment.

 

The ARB has entrusted the Institute with the administration of the above assessment systems.

 

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As Associate
 

 

An individual who 

 

 

 

(a)

Obtained a professional diploma / degree in Architecture on completion of a five-year or equivalent, full-time course of study, which is recognized by a national accrediting body in the country in which the degree is conferred. 

 

          *(If applicant’s professional degree and/or pre-professional degree                  is/are obtained in the mainland or overseas, please download the                  Confirmation of Academic Qualification (CAQ) form and be                        verified by the University and upload to the application system                    under Academic Qualification section.)

 

AND

 

 

 

(b)(i)

being a current full member of an established architectural institution which has a status equivalent to that of HKIA in its country of origin at the time of application. 

    *(Please download the Confirmation of Professional Qualification        (CPQ) form and be verified by the Institute/Board and upload to the    application system under Professional Qualification section.) OR

 

(b)(ii)

possessing professional experience in architecture or in a related field for a minimum of 5 years full time obtained after the acquisition of a professional diploma / degree in Architecture as required in (a) above. OR

 

(b)(iii)

are working as a full-time teaching staff of the course(s) of study in architecture in a University or tertiary institution recognised by the Institute with certification of the Head of the Department at the time of application.

 

 

 

May apply for Associate of the Institute.

 

Remarks: The procedure for processing the Graduate membership application will take about 3-6 months.  

 

 

 

 




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As Graduate Member

 

An individual, who possesses a degree or diploma in architectural studies from a University or tertiary institution recognised by the Institute, or has passed any professional examination in architecture recognised by the Institute, can apply for Graduate Member.

  *(If applicant’s professional degree and/or pre-professional degree is/are obtained in the mainland or overseas, please download the Confirmation of Academic Qualification (CAQ) form and be verified by the University and upload to the application system under Academic Qualification section.)
  Remarks: The procedure for processing the Graduate membership application will take about 3-6 months.



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As Affiliate

 

An individual, with a recognised associate degree/higher diploma in architectural/building construction related studies obtained from HKSAR tertiary institution and having a connection with the architectural profession, can apply for Affiliate of the Institute.

 

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Eligibility, Criteria and Admission Routing

As Student Member

 

A Student who enrols Architecture courses in a University or tertiary institution recognised by the Institute, is eligible to apply for Student Members. 

The Current list of recognized courses of architectural studies for applying HKIA Student Member as follows: 

 

Local architectural courses

 

Name of Institutions

Name of Degrees

City University of Hong Kong

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies

Associate of Science in Architectural Studies

Chu Hai College of Higher Education

Master of Architecture (2-year)

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Architecture

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Master of Architecture (2-year)

Bachelor of Social Science in Architectural Studies

The University of Hong Kong

Master of Architecture (2-year)

Master of Architecture (Design) (3-year)

Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies

HKU SPACE

Professional Diploma in Architectural Studies

Hong Kong Design Institute

Higher Diploma in Architectural Design

 

Overseas architectural courses :

Country/Region Programme
USA/ Canada

Programmes accredited by National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc (NAAB)

https://www.naab.org/accredited-programs/

Commonwealth

Programmes accredited by Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA)

2020-CAA-list-of-Qualifications-Recommended-for-recognition.pdf 

Australia

Programmes accredited by Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA)

https://aaca.org.au/wp-content/uploads/Accredited-Architecture-Qualifications.pdf (September 2023)

The People's Republic of China

Programmes accredited by The National Board of Architectural Accreditation (NBAA) 全國高等學校建築教育評估委員會

建筑学专业评估通过学校和有效期情况统计表(截至2023年6月,按首次通过评估时间排序) 

New Zealand

Programmes accredited by New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB)

https://www.nzrab.nz/c/Recognised-Qualifications/__84A85

Canberra Accord

Programmes accredited by Canberra Accord signatories

http://canberraaccord.org/

  


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Remarks: The procedure for processing the Student Member application will take at least 6 months.  

Successful application for HKIA Student Membership d oes n ot imply eligibility to apply for Professional Assessment.

 

As Corporate Member

 

Corporate Members shall be corporations carrying on an architectural practice in Hong Kong that has –

 

(1)

at least one of the directors of the corporation being a Foundation Member, a Member, or a Fellow of the Institute;

 

 

 

AND

 

 

 

(2)(a)

at least 30% of the directors of the corporation being Foundation Members, Members, and/or Fellows of the Institute;

 

 

 

OR

 

 

 

(2)(b)

at least 30% of the voting rights of the corporation being held by Foundation Members, Members, and/or Fellows of the Institute.

 

 

 

Application Form (Corporate Member)

Accreditation
What’s accreditation?

 

The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB) jointly established criteria and procedures for accreditation of architectural programmes in local universities.  This accreditation establishes the academic standards appropriate for admission to the HKIA and for registration as an architect in Hong Kong.

 

HKIA/ARB Accreditation of Architectural Programmes Criteria and Procedures (Last updated in June 2019)

 

HKIA/ARB Accreditation of Architectural Programmes Criteria and Procedures (Last updated in September 2021) NEW

 

 

 
List of HKIA/ARB Accredited Programmes

 

Not all architectural programmes are accredited / recognised by HKIA/ARB.  The following allows you to find an accredited architectural programme for the purpose of applying HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment.

 

If you study in Hong Kong, please click the below link and refer to (a).

If you study outside Hong Kong, please click the below link and refer to (b) and (c).

 

Eligibility for the PA

 

 

 

 
HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment (PA)
Eligibility for PA

 

Eligibility for PA

   

 

Assessment Components

Professional Assessment comprises two components

 

 

 

1)

Written Papers

 

 

 

Paper

Subject

1

Statutory Controls in Building Works

2

Building Contracts, Professional Practice, Professional Conduct, Conditions of Agreement & Scale of Charges

3

Building Structures

4

Building Services & Environmental Controls

5

Building Materials & Technology

6

Site Design

7

Building Design

8

Case Study

 

 

 

2)

Professional Interview

 

 

 

 

Candidates shall have passed or be exempted from all 8 written papers within 8 successive years before they are allowed to attend the professional interview.

 

 

For detail information on papers, syllabuses and reading lists, please refer to HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment Handbook Appendix D.

Study Guide and Sample Questions

 

Study Guide   

    - Paper 1 

 

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Paper 1- Paper 2

 

 

- Paper 4  

- Paper 5  NEW!

 

Below are some sample questions and selected past questions for general reference only. The exact format of the papers may be changed or modified from year to year.

 

Sample Questions (MC Questions only)

 

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Paper 1

 

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Paper 2

 

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Paper 3

 

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Paper 4

 

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Paper 5

 

Past Questions (Essay / Design Questions)

  

 

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Paper 1 Statutory Controls in Building Works (Essay Questions 2005 - 2022) NEW!

 

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Paper 2 Building Contracts, Professional Practice, Professional Conduct, Conditions of Agreement & Scale of Charges (Essay Questions 2005 - 2022) NEW!

 

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Paper 6 Site Design (2001 - 2022) NEW!

 

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Paper 7 Building Design (2001 - 2022) NEW!

Rules for the PA

 

For the detail information on the Rules for the Professional Assessment, please refer to the HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment Handbook Section 2.8.

HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment Handbook
Notice and Announcement
E-logbook

E-logbook available now at www.joinhkia.net

We are glad to announce that the e-logbook is launched at the e-Self Service System at http://www.joinhkia.net/. E-logbook will replace the hard copy of logbook from now on.

According to Professional Assessment (PA) Handbook, for candidates who wish to take Paper 1,2,6,7 and 8, they must each submit the original of the HKIA logbook demonstrating that they have complied with the required practical training. Each candidate must submit the nomination form(s) of Adviser(s) and Office Supervisor(s) to HKIA at least one year prior to the Professional Assessment viz. the last working day of October of the preceding year.

Candidates are required to register and login the e-Self Service System for the set-up of their own e-logbook. Prior to using the e-logbook functions, candidates are required to complete all information in “My Profile”. Fresh candidates are required to submit their logsheets, summary of practical experience, adviser consultation form and architect’s permission form through the e-Self Service System.

Kindly note that, candidates are, however, required to print out all forms for the endorsement and signatures of concerned persons and submit the original true copy to the HKIA for completion of submission of logbook. 


Please click here to set up your own e-logbook now.

 

 

HKIA/ARB List of Professional Assessment Advisers
Frequently Asked Questions
Non-Local Architectural Professional (NLAP)
Eligibility

 

 

 

1)

Non-Local Architectural Professionals Qualifications

 

 

A holder of the professional registration by a national registration body of architects recognized by HKIA/ARB as below.

 

 

Country

Registration Board

Australia

Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA)

Canada

By provincial registration

People Republic of China

National Administration Board of Architectural Registration (NABAR)
中華人民共和國一級註冊建築師

New Zealand

Architects Education and Registration Board, New Zealand (AERB)

United Kingdom

Architects Registration Board (ARB)

USA

National Council of Architects Registration Boards (NCARB)

 


Professional qualifications other than the list above will be considered case by case based on applicant’s individual merits.

 

2)

Relevant Local Practical Experience

 

 

a)

With overall (local + overseas) post-professional registration practical experience of not less than 15 years, or

 

 

b)

With recognised post-professional registration local practical experience of not less than 2 years.

 

 

For details, please refer to HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment Handbook Section 3.

Assessment Components

 

Non-local architectural professionals (Group A) applying to the Institute for admission shall

a)

Submit a professional profile

b)

Pass the Professional Interview

 

Non-local architectural professionals (Group B) applying to the Institute for admission shall

a)

Pass Papers 1 and 2 of the Professional Assessment

b)

Submit a professional profile

c)

Pass the Professional Interview

 

For details, please refer to HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment Handbook Section 3.

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