BOARD OF ARCHITECTS
4. There shall be established in Singapore a body to be called the Board of Architects which shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal, with power, subject to the provisions of this Act —
to sue and be sued in its corporate name;
to acquire and dispose of property, both movable and immovable; and
to do and perform such other acts as bodies corporate may by law perform.
—(1) The Board shall consist of the following members to be appointed by the Minister:
a President who shall be appointed from among registered architects;
2 registered architects selected from a list of not less than 3 registered architects submitted by the Singapore Institute of Architects;
such other registered architects, not being more than 6, as the Minister may from time to time determine; and
one professional engineer on the nomination of the Professional Engineers Board.
(2) The members of the Board shall be appointed for a term not exceeding 3 years but may from time to time be reappointed, and may at any time be removed from office by the Minister.
(3) A person shall not be qualified to be a member of the Board if —
he is an undischarged bankrupt or has made any arrangement or composition with his creditors;
he is convicted of any offence involving fraud, dishonesty or moral turpitude, or of any other offence implying a defect in character which makes him unfit for the architectural profession;
he is of unsound mind or incapacitated by physical illness; or
he has at any time after due inquiry been found guilty by the Board or previous Board of improper conduct.
(4) The office of a member of the Board shall become vacant if the member —
resigns or is removed from office; or
becomes in any manner disqualified for office under subsection (3),
and the vacancy so created shall as soon as practicable be filled in the manner in which the appointment to the vacant office was made.
(5) Every person appointed to the Board by virtue of subsection (4) shall hold office for the residue of the term for which his predecessor was appointed.
(6) The powers of the Board shall not be affected by any vacancy in the membership thereof.
(7) Any question as to whether a person has ceased to be a member of the Board shall be determined by the Minister whose decision shall be final.
(8) At any meeting of the Board, 5 members thereof shall form a quorum and no business shall be transacted at any meeting unless a quorum is present.
(9) At any meeting of the Board, the President shall preside and in his absence the members present shall elect from among themselves one member to preside over the meeting.
(10) If on any question to be determined by the Board there is an equality of votes, the President or the member presiding over that meeting shall have a casting vote.
(11) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Board may determine its own procedure.
(12) The Board shall cause proper records of its proceedings to be kept.
—(1) The common seal of the Board shall bear such device as the Board may approve and the seal may from time to time be broken, changed, altered or made anew by the Board as it may think fit.
(2) The common seal shall be kept in the custody of the President and shall be authenticated by him or other member acting in his absence.
(3) Any document purporting to be sealed by the common seal and authenticated as provided under subsection (2) shall, until the contrary is proved, be deemed to be validly executed.
6. The functions of the Board shall be —
to keep and maintain a register of architects, a register of practitioners and a register of licensees;
to hold or arrange for the holding of such examinations as the Board considers necessary for the purpose of enabling persons to qualify for registration under this Act;
to establish, maintain and develop standards of professional conduct and ethics of the architectural profession;
to promote learning and education in connection with architecture, either alone or in conjunction with any other professional body;
to hear and determine disputes relating to professional conduct or ethics of registered architects or to appoint a committee or arbitrator to hear and determine those disputes;
to appoint arbitrators for the purpose of hearing and determining disputes between registered architects or licensed corporations or partnerships and other persons;
to license corporations or multi-discipline partnerships which intend to supply architectural services in Singapore; and
generally to do all such acts, matters and things as are necessary to be carried out under the provisions of this Act.
—(1) The Board may appoint such committees from among its members, registered architects or allied professionals as it thinks fit to assist or advise the Board on such matters arising out of its functions under this Act as are referred to them by the Board.
(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the Board may appoint one or more Investigation Committees, consisting of such number of members (which may include members of the Board) as the Board may determine, for the purpose of investigating into any complaint against a registered architect or licensed corporation or partnership.
(3) An Investigation Committee shall, without delay after investigating into any complaint, report to the Board on the matter.
(4) Subject to any rules, an Investigation Committee shall have power to regulate its own procedure.
(5) Any member of the Board who is a member of an Investigation Committee investigating into any complaint against a registered architect or a licensed corporation or partnership —
shall be disregarded for the purpose of constituting a quorum of the Board for such deliberation or decision.
(6) The Board may continue to exercise any power conferred upon it or perform any function under this Act notwithstanding the delegation of such power or function under this section.
8. The Board shall keep and maintain at its office —
a register of architects in which shall be entered the names of all persons registered under this Act, the qualifications by virtue of which they are so registered and such other particulars in relation thereto as may from time to time be determined by the Board;
an annual register of practitioners in which shall be entered the particulars as contained in the declaration delivered under section 18(3)(a); and
an annual register of licensees in which shall be entered the names and addresses of all corporations and partnerships which have been issued a licence and such other particulars as may from time to time be determined by the Board.
—(1) The Minister may appoint a Registrar of the Board.
(2) The Registrar shall —
be under the general direction of the Board;
sign all certificates of registration, practising certificates and licences; and
record all entries of registration, cancellation and reinstatement in the register of architects, register of practitioners or register of licensees, as the case may be.
(3) The Registrar shall attend all meetings of the Board and record the proceedings thereof, and shall conduct the correspondence and deal with such matters as may be assigned to him from time to time by the President or the Board.
(4) The Registrar shall —
as soon as possible after 1st January each year, prepare and publish in the Gazette a list containing the names, qualifications and addresses of all registered architects who have in force a practising certificate; and
from time to time publish in the Gazette the names, qualifications and addresses of registered architects added to or removed from the register of practitioners.
(5) In any proceedings, a list published under subsection (4) shall be sufficient evidence that the persons whose names appear therein are registered architects who have in force practising certificates.