Sri Lanka Institute of Architects Law

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Incorporation of the Institute.

3. General objects of the Institute.

4. Powers of the Institute.

4A. Restriction on use of titles.

5. Council of the Institute.

6. Power to make regulations.

7. Membership of the Institute.

8. Disqualification for membership and disciplinary powers and procedure.

8A. Architects Registration Board.

8B. Functions and powers of the Board.

8C. Register of Chartered Architects, Architects and Architectural licentiates.

8D. Registration fees.

8E. Qualification for registration as Chartered Architects, Architects or Architectural Licentiates.

8F. General Disqualifications.

8G. Remove the name from Register.

8H. Maintenance of Registers.

8J. Appeals against the decisions of the Board.

9. Code of Professional Conduct.

10. Officers and servants of the Institute.

11. Financial provisions.

11A. Board of Trustee of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architect.

12. Restriction on use of titles and practices.

13. Offences and penalties.

14. Saving of the right of the Republic and others.

SCHEDULES

1 of 1976,

14 of 1996.

A LAW to incorporate the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects.

[Date of Commencement: 7th January, 1976]

1. Short title.

This Law may be cited as the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects Law.

2. Incorporation of the Institute.

From and after the 7th day of January, 1976, all persons as now are Fellows and Associates of the Ceylon Institute of Architects or shall hereafter be admitted as corporate members of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects hereby constituted and incorporated, shall be (so long as they continue to be corporate members of the said Institute) members of and form a body corporate (hereinafter referred to as "the Institute”), with perpetual succession and a common seal, under the name of "The Sri Lanka Institute of Architects”, and by that name the Institute shall and may sue and be sued. The Institute shall have full power and authority to have and use such seal, and alter, break and renew the same from time to time at its discretion, and shall have power to do all other acts and things incidental to or appertaining to a body corporate.

3. General objects of the Institute.

The general objects for which the Institute is constituted are hereby declared to be—

(a) to promote and advance the study, practice and application of, and research in, Architecture and its kindred subjects and the arts and sciences connected therewith;

(b) to organise, supervise and control the admission and the professional education and training of persons desiring to qualify as Architects, to prescribe or approve courses of study for the qualifying examinations for membership of the Institute, and to conduct or provide for the conduct of such courses and examinations;

(c) to prescribe the qualifications and disqualifications for membership of the Institute, and the standards of professional conduct for members of the Institute and for Architects and Architectural Licentiates who are not members of the Institute and to secure the maintenance thereof;

[S 3(c) am by s 2 of Act 14 of 1996.]

(d) to protect and promote the interests, status, welfare, rights and privileges of the profession of Architects in Sri Lanka, and the interests of the public in relation to that profession, and of persons desiring to qualify as Architects;

(e) to establish, regulate and maintain libraries and pension, provident fund and benefit schemes for the benefit of members, officers and servants and their dependants, and to grant assistance financial or otherwise to societies of students;

(f) to do all such acts and things as are necessary for, or incidental or conducive to, the attainment of the above objects.

4. Powers of the Institute.

The Institute shall have the power—

(a) to acquire, hold, take or give on lease or hire, mortgage, pledge, sell and exchange, or otherwise alienate, encumber or dispose of, any immovable or movable property for the purposes of the Institute;

(b) to enter into and perform or carry out, whether directly or through any officer or agent authorised in that behalf by the Institute, all such contracts or agreements as may be necessary for the attainment of the objects or the exercise of the powers of the Institute;

(c) to invest its funds, and to maintain current, deposit and savings accounts in any bank or banks;

to advance or lend, and to borrow, money for the purposes of the Institute in such manner and upon such security as the Institute may think fit;

(d) to levy fees, subscriptions and contributions in respect of membership, admission to membership, and admission to courses and examinations conducted by the Institute;

(e) to prescribe the terms and conditions of, and to supervise, control and regulate the engagement, training, transfer and dismissal of persons desiring to qualify as Architects;

(f) to appoint, employ, transfer, dismiss and take other disciplinary action against officers and servants and to prescribe their terms and conditions of service;

generally, to do all such acts and things as are necessary for, or incidental or conducive to, the carrying out or the attainment of the objects of the Institute.

(ff) to appoint Investigating Committees and Disciplinary Committees to inquire into complaints of professional misconduct against Architects or Architectural Licentiates registered under this Law who are not members of the Institute.

[S 4(ff) ins by s 3 of Act 14 of 1996.]

4A. Restriction on use of titles.

(1) Subject to the provisions of section 12, no person shall, after the expiration of one year from the coming into force of this section, take and use the title of Chartered Architect, Architect or Architectural Licentiate unless he is duly registered as a Chartered Architect, Architect or Architectural Licentiate, in accordance with the provisions of this Law.

(2) A person who is not registered under this Law as a Chartered Architect, Architect or Architectural Licentiate shall not be entitled to Institute, or maintain, after the expiration of one year from coming into force of this section, any action in a court of law for the recovery of any fees for professional services rendered by him as a Chartered Architect, Architect or Architectural Licentiate.

[S 4A ins by s 4 of Act 14 of 1996.]

5. Council of the Institute.

(1) The administration and management of the affairs of the Institute shall be vested in a Council which shall perform the functions and duties and may exercise the powers of the Institute under this Law.

(2) The Council shall consist of a President, senior Vice-President, Vice-President, the immediate past President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Assistant Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Assistant Treasurer, and such other number of members, not less than six and not more than eleven elected or appointed in accordance with the regulations of the Institute. The Council may by regulation provide for the election or appointment, from among the non-corporate members of the Institute, of not more than three other persons as members of the Council, to represent such non-corporate members or any class thereof, with such rights and privileges as may be prescribed.

(3) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the preceding provisions of this section, the first Council shall consist of the persons who were, on the 7th day of January, 1976, the members of the Council of the Ceylon Institute of Architects.

(4) No act or proceeding of the Institute or of the Council shall be or shall be deemed to be invalid by reason only of the existence of any vacancy in the Council or any defect in the election or appointment of any member of the Council.

6. Power to make regulations.

(1) The Council may make regulations for the purpose of carrying out or giving effect to the principles and provisions of this Law, and in respect of any matter required by this Law to be prescribed or in respect of which regulations are authorised or required by this Law to be made, and may from time to time amend, add to, replace or repeal any such regulation.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of the powers conferred by the provisions of the preceding subsection, the Council may make regulations in respect of—

(i) the term of office of the Council, eligibility for and the mode of election or appointment thereto, the resignation or vacation of office and the filling of casual vacancies, the delegation of the powers and functions of the Council and the appointment of Committees and Boards, the annual report of the Council, and the adoption and use of the common seal;

(ii) the rights, powers, functions and duties of the officers of the Council;

(iii) the summoning and holding of meetings of the Council, the Annual General Meeting, other General Meetings and special General Meetings of the members of the Institute, the times, places, notice and agenda of such meetings, the quorum thereof and the conduct of business thereat;

(iv) the management of the property of the Institute and the custody of its funds;

(v) the formulation of a code of professional conduct;

(vi) the procedure of disciplinary inquiries, including the form of complaints, the appointment of disciplinary Committees and the provision of legal assistance thereto, the framing of charges, the furnishing of explanations in reply, the issue of notices, the rights of parties to legal representations, the rules of evidence applicable thereto, the maintenance of the record of the proceedings thereat, and the form and content of the reports of disciplinary Committees.

(3) Such regulations, or the amendment, addition, replacement or repeal thereof or thereto, shall not be valid, unless approved at a General Meeting of the members of the Institute by a two-thirds majority of the corporate members present and voting, held in accordance with the provisions of the regulations for the time being in force, and shall come into operation on the date of their publication in the Gazette.

(4) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the preceding provisions of this section, the regulations contained in Schedule A hereto-shall be, and shall be deemed for all purposes to be, the regulations of the Institute, and may be amended, added to, replaced or repealed as if they were regulations made under and in accordance with the preceding provisions of this section.

[S 6(4) am by s 5 of Act 14 of 1996.]

7. Membership of the Institute.

(1) The corporate members of the Institute shall consist of Fellows and Associates:

Provided, however, that the Council may admit as non-corporate members (not having the right to vote of such classes and with such rights, privileges and obligations as may be prescribed) persons not eligible for corporate membership of the Institute.

(2) Regulations may be made in respect of the qualifications and disqualifications (in addition to those prescribed by section 8(1) of this Law) for membership, the mode of application for and admission to membership, the form and issue of certificates of membership, the maintenance of a register of members, the amounts and mode of payment of entrance fees, subscriptions, and contributions, and of any additional fees to be paid by practising members, the waiver and the reduction and the effect of non-payment thereof, the rights, privileges and duties of members, and the conditions of membership, including resignation and re-admission.

(3) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the preceding provisions of this section, all persons who were members of the Ceylon Institute of Architects immediately prior to the 7th day of January, 1976, shall be and shall be deemed for all purposes to be members of the same class or category, as the case may be, of the Institute, and shall continue so to be subject to the provisions of this Law and the regulations made here under.

8. Disqualification for membership and disciplinary powers and procedure.

(1) No person shall be admitted as a member of the Institute—

(a) if he has been adjudged by a competent court, whether in Sri Lanka or elsewhere, to be of unsound mind;

(b) if having been adjudged an insolvent or bankrupt by a competent court, whether in Sri Lanka or elsewhere, he has not been granted by such court a certificate to the effect that his insolvency or bankruptcy has arisen wholly or partly from unavoidable losses or misfortune; or

(c) if he has been convicted by a competent court, whether in Sri Lanka or elsewhere, of any offence as shall be prescribed by regulation or of any offence, involving moral turpitude and punishable with imprisonment or similar punishment, and has not been granted a free pardon.

(2) The Council shall disenroll any member who becomes subject to any of the disqualifications specified in paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) of subsection (1) of this section:

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