Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence has submitted to the Senate for enactment into law an Act for the establishment of the “Liberian Institute of Architects (LIA).”
According to Senator Karnga Lawrence, the purpose of the Act is to protect, promote, provide educational training and research in the arts and science of architecture and its related disciplines in the industry in Liberia.
When passed into law, the Act will serve as an umbrella organization for all qualified Liberian architects with high standards of professional ethics and code of conduct. Its membership will include all registered Liberian architectural engineers in the country who are duly registered and certified by the Institute.
“No person claiming to be an architect who is not a registered member and duly certified by the institute, shall practice as such in the country.”
The leadership of the Institute, according to Senator Lawrence’s letter, shall comprise of the president, vice president, honorary secretary and honorary treasurer.
The Senator noted in her letter that the preparation of the Act was informed by unregulated architectural practices throughout the country; that public safety is not ensured to the fullest by practitioners; property owners are not getting the best value for their money spent; inconsistency of architectural layouts throughout the country; and building in alleyways.
When enacted, Senator Lawrence said that the Institute will ensure among many things, legal action (s) against practitioners for their liabilities, a more wholesome order in a built environment; consistency in all architectural layouts within Liberia; training and certifying persons in the practice of architecture; and direction for architectural designs of Liberia.
“It is my craving that the plenary of the Liberian Senate will enact the Liberian Institute of Architectures (LIA) Act in order to enjoy its benefits as stated above as well as curbing massive irregularities pervading the practice in Liberia.”
The Liberian Institute of Architects (LIA) was established in 2015 as a professional body seeking the advancement of architecture in Liberia, and the advancement of the arts and science of architecture. It also seeks to promote, guide, and provide education, training and research in architecture and its related disciplines in the building industry and to conduct classes in the study and examinations of the profession, and award certificates and diplomas.