The Middle Way of the Architect Law

August 8th 2017 becomes a bright day for Architects as professional in Indonesia. On that day: Tuesday (Kliwon), the Architect Law set by the Government of Indonesia (GoI). The position of this law is very strategic because it lays the legal basis as a reference for architect’s professional practices in Indonesia. In addition, with the birth of this Law, the institution that regulate the practice of Architects in Indonesia also start to establish. Thus, it can be said that this is the starting point of standard practice of architects in Indonesia.

As described in the Act, the Architect’s arrangement has the following objectives: “providing the foundation and legal certainty for Architects, providing protection to the users of Architectural Services and communities regarding Architect practices, providing the direction of growth and development of highly competitive Architect’s profession and improvement of expertise and quality of work results which encourage the contribution of Architects in national development through the mastery and advancement of science, technology and art, as well as enhancing the role of Architects in realizing the implementation of environmentally sound development and maintaining and developing Indonesian culture and civilization”.

When I first read the drafts of the Architect’s draft bill, the one thing I want to know was in what case that the architectural activity could be considered illegal. In my opinion, this is one of the most important things to know, because I believe most Indonesians do not use architect services when designing, building/supervising the construction of their house. By understanding this issue, the general public/civilians could take all the measures they need to keep the development of their houses or buildings carried out according to the law.

I am relieved to find that the article 6 (six) as set out above, contained in Chapter VI of the “Architects Terms”. In that article, in particular in paragraph 2 (two), it is clear that there is an exception in the application of professional practices requirements as an Architect. One does not require an Architects Registration Register (plus a license, being a “Practical License Letter” as applied to a doctor’s profession), if he/she simply designing simple buildings and customary buildings.

This is of course the good news for all of us and of course the good news for

In this way, the Architects can provide services to people who need the services of Architects either they are paid or “pro bono”. Since most people of Indonesia for one reason or another can not take advantage of this kind of services (due to the inability to pay for an Architect or they build their own customary buildings) they probably won’t hire Architects. According to the law this is possible as long as: the buildings they design and build are not included in a technically complex categories requiring specialized knowledge and expertise in designing and constructing them.

This is what I believe relieving because there will be no threat of criminalization when a citizen, for example, designing or even build his own house.It provides the middle way for the have-not. This is also relieving because then can start to contribute simple urban home-concept ideas by utilizing bamboo materials to all of the readers. Moreover, the readers do not have to worry about using the information we share here.

So, in the first week of launching this page, I would like to say: Happy reading, Happy exploring, Happy building! 🙂

Hopefully what we do here will be rewarded with a never ending reward. Aamiin!

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