The Association Of Technical Architecture
The professional group of Technical Associate Architects promotes today (November, 2009), approximately, 57.500 practicing professionals across the whole of Spain. The Institute’s are formed by fifty five Official Colleges which are coordinated by the General Council and that have the consideration of the Public Law of Corporations.
In addition to this, exist the Independent Community Colleges, some of which created with its distinct legislations and others by Institutes within the same territory, the regulatory laws promulgated being the same, in accordance with the respective Independent Bylaws.
All Professional Corporations, besides the function of coordination and control over the Deontology profession, form as service entities for associates, which they realise through work order records, technical documentation for membership permits, the voluntary management of collection of fees, juridical advice of both, labour and fiscal aspects, through access to computer networks on national and foreign databases and through the accomplishment of post-graduate courses. The promotion of technical and cultural activities, the maintenance of specialist libraries, the collaboration with the Public Administrations and Science and Technology centres, especially within the University of Technical Architecture, the recovery and publication of unpublished or rare texts, the dispersion of news through its own means, bulletins and magazines, the celebration of exhibitions and contests, these form the facet of services offered to the associates.
In compliance with the Community Regulation on freedom of establishment and professional practice in Spain by technical personnel from other countries of the EU, whose qualifications are equal to Technical Architecture, the General Council assumes the functions of intervention and control according to the Spanish legal regulations.
The Institutes have a base in the capital of every province, with the exception of those in Gran Canary, Ibiza, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Minorca and the Terres de L'Ebre, ruled by the General Council in Madrid, and approved by the royal decree 1471/1977, May 13th; reformed by the Royal decree 497/1983, of February 16; the Royal decree 542/2001, May 18th; and the Royal decree 2009, October 30th.
It is important to emphasize the effort made by the professional organization in order to promote activities directed towards recycling and to the permanent training of associates, in many cases in collaboration with Universities, in order to support a high level of qualifications and competitiveness within professional training. Diverse commissions that are employed on topics of technology and environment; formation, teaching and post-graduate activities; professional practice (economy and quality control of the building, safety, etc.); international relations; data; application of the LOE, the human, technical and economic resources that are needed.
Aspects of social forecasts and insurance for professional civil responsibilities are attended to by separate entities created by the professional Association, which address the juridical mutual side, PREMAAT (Mutual Forecast of Foremen and Technical Architects) covers the needs of social forecasts of the associate’s retirement / widow's pension, diseases and other contingencies, whereas MUSAAT (Mutual of Assurances to Fixed Premium), dedicates basic activity to the cover of the voluntary insurance of civil responsibility derived from the professional practice , although it also has insurance for other contingencies such as decennial assurance of construction, cars, high risk injury.
The professional Association possesses an entity of periodic information, the magazine CERCHA, which is edited by the General Council, Premaat and Musaat, and is distributed throughout the entire association.
In addition, the Associations and Professional Autonomous Organizations compile magazines and informative bulletins of periodic character for associate members.
The General Council
The professional group of Technical Architects, represented by the General Council, takes an active part, in a wide range of both national and international activities related to the different aspects within construction.
In Spain, the General Council is a member of such institutions as the Spanish Association for Quality (AEC), the Spanish Association of Normalization and Certification (AENOR), - with experts in all the Technical Committees associated with the sector participating-, the Technical Spanish Association of the Pretensado (ATEP), The Association of Scientific Technology of Structural Concrete (ACHE), the Committees of Government of the Quality branding, coordinated by the Institute Eduardo Torroja (CIETAN, CIETSID, etc.) and of the Stamps INCE for the Department of Public Works and Urbanism, the Committees derived from the Agreements of collaboration with public entities, such as the Royal Spanish Academy, the Institute of Health and Safety, diverse Spanish Universities, etc., etc.
The General Council maintains tight relations with the organizations of those related professionals in community states, being a member of the following associations of European or world area:
AEEBC (Experts' European Association in Construction and in Building) CEBC (European Consortium of Quality control), CEEC (Economists' European Council of the Construction) CIB (International Council for Research and Development in Construction) iiSBE (International Initiative for a Sustainable Building Environment) TEGoVA (European Group of Appraisers' Associations) Within the professional support systems; promoted by the Official Association of Foremen and Technical Architects/ Quantity Surveyors and by the General Council, it is laid down by the Institute of Investigation(Research) and Control of the Building, AIE, that the General Council carries out the tasks of the Technical Cabinet of the Corporation.