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The two main objects of the Institute are

to promote the general advancement of architecture and to promote and facilitate the acquisition of the knowledge of the various arts and sciences connected therewith;
to raise the standard of architecture in Hong Kong and the standard of professional architectural services offered by members of the Institute.

In Hong Kong, registration of architects are governed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) under the Architects Registration Ordinance ( Chapter 408 ).

Every year, graduates with recognized architectural education qualification and appropriate practical experience, aspiring to become a Registered Architect, can sit the Professional Assessment jointly held by the Institute and ARB. Successful candidates will be admitted as a Member of the Institute which, in accordance with the Architects Registration Ordinance, will be readily accepted as a Registered Architect by ARB.

Alternatively for overseas professional architects with adequate relevant local experience, they can apply for HKIA membership and hence register as a Registered Architect in Hong Kong, through a Professional Induction Workshop followed with an interview held jointly by the Institute and ARB.

The Institute works closely with the ARB to accredit the architectural courses offered by local universities and tertiary institutions and offers advice on the aspects of professional practice and practical experience in architecture.

Apart from recognition in Hong Kong, architectural programmes accredited by HKIA/ARB are also recognised by Mainland as well as a number of overseas countries such as, Australia and New Zealand under Mutual Recognition agreement with respective accrediting authority.

The Institute also serves the public by applying the collective expertise of its members in an advisory role to government and the building industry. Today, HKIA is represented in numerous consultative or advisory bodies to government as well as non-government organizations. Moreover from time to time, HKIA would carry out various studies on issues of public interests and reflects the views of architectural profession to the public and the government.

The Institute takes Hong Kong to the fore in international circles through its active participation in the International Union of Architects (UIA), the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA), the Architects Regional Council of Asia (ARCASIA) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas in relation to all aspects of architecture and matters in connection with the architectural profession.

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