Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg presented 17 new architects with their professional warrants. 2019 was the year in which most warrants of this kind were presented in recent years, with a total of 48 newly warranted architects.
“Our country is experiencing a period of several positive changes in the building industry, a time of reforms towards more responsibility, safety and transparency in this sector which you work in every day. We are working because we want high standards, because we believe that the people’s quality of life should come first. And today, you are being given a licence that comes with a great degree of responsibility, which gives you the duty of following the ethics of your profession,” said Minister Borg.
He reminded those present of the work done by the Government in these last months towards a better sector, including the Building and Construction Reform this summer as well as the public consultation about the setting up of the Malta Construction and Building Authority in Winter 2018 which led to the setting up of a temporary agency this summer to revise legislation with a commitment to set up the authority in the near future, a commitment reiterated in Budget 2020 as well.
The Minister spoke about the important role of the site technical officer set up during this summer’s reform, which gives a role to professionals such as architects not only during the design stage but also during implementation.
“We want long-term planning, not only until building is complete but throughout the lifetime of our buildings. We need to continue monitoring buildings. We need to be innovative in everything we do because our country deserves the best in every sector. Today you will join other professionals like you. This means more competition, but we all know that this sector is benefitting from the economic growth our country is experiencing. And you will be making important contributions with your work,” concluded the Minister while expressing his best wishes to the new architects.