Perit Vincent Cassar awarded RIBA President’s Medal

Former KTP president Perit Vincent Cassar has just been awarded the RIBA President’s Medal this evening. This tribute acknowledges the important role that Presidents of Architects’ Institutes across the world make to their professional and social communities, and to their outstanding contribution in driving excellence in architecture both domestically and internationally.

Perit Cassar is well known at both the national and international level. He is a past President of the Kamra tal-Periti, past Council Member, Treasurer and Co-ordinator of a Thematic Area of the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE), and representative of the KTP to the European Council of Civil Engineers (ECCE).

His main achievement at an international level is his current role as President of the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA), which position he will hold until 2019.

Perit Cassar, a graduate in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the University of Malta, joined the Public Service in 1973 as a Junior Architect and Civil Engineer with the then Public Works Department and was assigned to the Schools and Hospital Section. Since then he has worked within other sections of the Public Works organisation and was responsible for various projects including those for housing, healthcare and hospitals, and other major projects of a civil engineering nature such as roads and marine works. Such large scale projects included the design and construction of the Karen Grech Paediatric Hospital and its adjoining Maternity complex, and the construction of Terminal I at the Malta Freeport Container Terminal and the Luqa Air Terminal.

Perit Cassar also currently serves as Chairman of the Planning Board in Malta.

In a statement to the Kamra tal-Periti, Perit Cassar said, “I dedicate this honour to all my colleagues on the KTP Council and indeed to all periti in Malta and also to all architects around the Commonwealth”.

The Kamra tal-Periti warmly congratulates Perit Cassar on this distinguished award and professional achievement.

Architects’ Council of Europe announces start of CONNECT ARCH project

The Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) has announced that it has been successfully selected to run a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme, called Connecting Architects in Europe (CONNECT ARCH). This four-year project will aim to reinforce the sector’s capacity and help the profession to face current and forthcoming challenges: cross-border and trans-national mobility, increased competition from outside the EU, adaptation to digital technologies, acquisition of new skills and competences, to name but a few.

In the autumn of 2016, ACE submitted a bid in response to a call for proposals from the Creative Europe Programme, the EU Commission’s financing instrument that supports Europe’s cultural and creative sectors. The European Networks sub-programme is designed to help the cultural and creative sectors to operate transnationally and to strengthen their competiveness, notably by providing professionals with specific skills and experience, to enable them to expand their careers in Europe and beyond.

The successful ACE project proposal, called Connecting Architects in Europe (CONNECT ARCH), will aim to reinforce the architectural sector’s capacity and help the profession to face current and forthcoming challenges. It is made up of 10 activities grouped under four inter-related over-arching objectives, namely:

  1. Strengthening the ACE network and increasing collaboration among its members – notably by increasing knowledge-sharing and peer-to-peer learning among ACE members and enhancing their ability to engage in EU policy and law-making processes;
  2. Improving the transnational mobility of European architects – to contribute to the realisation of the full potential of EU Internal Market legislation, notably by identifying and promoting opportunities and partnerships in the EU and beyond;
  3. Enabling European Architects to build up their professional and business skills – notably by organising CPD modules to help architects and firms to maintain and acquire new skills to remain globally competitive and flourish in new markets;
  4. Creating an Observatory for the architectural profession – to inform EU and national policy-makers of market conditions and trends, on various aspects of the profession, by providing comparative, quantitative and qualitative data on sector developments.

CONNECT-ARCH will enable ACE to run many varied activities to strengthen the capacities and visibility of the profession at EU level and beyond, for the benefit of its Member Organisations, and ultimately all European architects. With this project, ACE is tackling the challenges of today and invest in the future.

Visit the ACE website to remain informed of forthcoming activities.

European Commission sues Germany on Architects’ and Engineers’ Tariffs

German Federal Chamber of Architects HQ


The German Federal Chamber of Architects informed members of ACE in a statement yesterday that the European Commission has lodged the application initiating proceedings in the case of the Official German Scale of Fees for Services by Architects and Engineers (HOAI) to the Court of Justice of the European Union on 23 June. The Court of Justice has delivered the application initiating proceedings to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy on 28 June. The case number is Commission v Germany C-377/17.

The European Commission had previously announced on 17 November 2016 its decision to take further steps in the infringement procedure against Germany regarding the HOAI. According to the Commission, the binding minimum and maximum rates of the HOAI are not compliant with the EU Services Directive (Directive 2006/123/EC). The German Federal Government disagrees with the legal opinion of the Commission and will not change the HOAI to remove the binding minimum and maximum rates. Therefore, the case has been brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union.

The German Federal Chamber of Architects expressed its appreciation for ACE affiliates’ ongoing support in defending the Official German Scale of Fees for Services by Architects and Engineers (HOAI) expressed during the ACE general assemblies in December 2016 in Brussels and in April 2016 in Berlin.

The German chamber has asked for assistance in defending their cause by lobbying Member States and institutions of the Union to intervene in the case before the Court  as per Article 40 paragraph 1 of the Statute of the Court of Justice of the European Union. The deadline for the submission of such an application is six weeks from the publication of the notice in the Official Journal of the European Union. “Hence, rapid intervention is required,” it added.


Grenfell Tower fire – The Architects’ Council of Europe recalls the huge responsibility that architects and building professionals have to society

Planning Authority Shutdown

The Planning Authority has announced today that between the 8th and 22nd August 2017 (both days included), the Planning Authority will be shifting into a “Period of Inactivity”. It stated that “many businesses and other professions, use this period to recharge their batteries and get ready for the months ahead. We at the Planning Authority make […]

KTP reiterates urgent plea for Building Regulations

In a statement published earlier today, the Kamra tal-Periti made reference to the front-page article carried on the Times of Malta on 21st June, 2017 reporting the views of the President of the Chamber of Engineers on fire safety in Malta in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The Kamra tal-Periti endorsed and supported the call for proper Building Regulations. The KTP has, over the last years, incessantly made public calls and lobbied successive governments, for the Building Regulation Office to be strengthened and given the resources it needs, so that Malta can finally have modern and appropriate building regulations, covering the full range of health and safety risks faced by building users. Politicians have, unfortunately, found it difficult to understand that Building Regulations, and Building Control, are different to, and separate from, Planning Permit conditions. This failure to understand the industry has resulted in a situation where the need for Building Regulations is treated with indifference – until something happens, and then there is a knee-jerk reaction for the industry to do something.

It added that this lack of awareness has resulted in a piecemeal approach, where various regulations fall under disparate pieces of legislation, weakly attempting at regulating the building industry through the planning process. Sanitary regulations (covering light and ventilation) – conceptually dating from the 19th century – fall, under one law, within the remit of the Planning Authority, and under another law, under that of the Health Department; Fire Safety guidelines fall under the indirect remit of the Civil Protection Department; Lifts Regulations fall under MCCAA; electricity regulations fall under a privatised Enemalta; drainage regulations fall under the Health Department, but also under the Water Services Corporation; accessibility issues are regulated by the KNPD; excavation, demolition and general construction regulations fall under the BRO; while health and safety on construction sites falls under the OHSA.

“These organisations have all relied on the planning process to enforce their own regulations to some degree. And the KTP reiterates that this is wrong.

The use, or abuse, of the planning process in this way has brought about three adverse consequences:

  1. The planning regulatory body is heavily focused on development control, to the detriment of its primarily role of vision, strategic planning, drawing up of master and local plans, and promotion of sustainable development;
  2. There is weak statutory focus, oversight and enforcement of building regulations;
  3. In the absence of state support for proper and modern Building Regulations, the professionals must fall back to the identification of foreign standards to apply to local construction, often arbitrarily, and without being sure that they are appropriate for Malta.

With specific reference to fire safety, the Kamra tal-Periti is aware that the Civil Protection Department has reached an advanced stage in the drafting of new regulations, particularly in response to the increased high-rise development. The Kamra tal-Periti would like to, yet again, appeal that such regulations are placed within a holistic and consistent system of Building Regulations, administered by the Building Regulation Office.

The Kamra tal-Periti reiterates its offer to place all its resources, both local and international, at the disposal of Government, to assist in the formulation of such Building Regulations, that would fall under the exclusive remit of the Building Regulation Office, and removed from the planning permit approval processes. It has already requested a meeting with the Minister, newly-appointed to assume political responsibility for this sector and looks forward to meeting him to discuss these important issues.”

UoM launches new MSc programmes in Sustainable Building Design & Building Services

The Department of Environmental Design in conjunction with the Department of Mechanical Engineering have announced two MSc programmes targeted at Periti and Building Services Engineers earlier today.

In a statement published today the UoM stated that “the ever-developing professions of the Perit and the Engineer, have evolved in tandem with today’s latest technological developments in buildings and services, towards a better quality of life. The protection of the environment is one sure way towards this goal. The now established reality of global warming has promoted a greater awareness of energy-conscious design as well as a cost-sensitive approach to buildings and their facility management.

Today a number of professionals in the building industry have resonated the need to develop further their career into disciplines related to sustainable building design, with a focus on energy efficiency of buildings, resource management and overall enhanced performance.

It is in this context that the need was felt for a new programme of studies in line with global trends, to provide a more specialised profession, focusing on the various disciplines in architecture and engineering and their allied fields of specialization in environmental design, high-tech building services and overall enhanced performance of buildings. It is with this in mind that the two Masters programmes have been launched; both have a selection study-units as common ground, and a joint design project at the end of the course.”

For more information on the two courses, please follow the links below.

MSc in Sustainable Building Design

MSc in Building Services


UMAR Exhibition

The Union of Mediterranean Architects (UMAR), of which the KTP is a founder member,  is organizing an exhibition under the theme of ‘Modern and Traditional Mediterranean Architecture’. This will form part of the International Union of Architect’s (UIA) 26th World Architecture Congress which will be held at Seoul, South Korea on 3-7th September 2017.

The KTP is being invited to contribute to this exhibition with two posters focusing on the theme.  This exhibition is intended to be representative of identity, heritage, cities, culture in the Mediterranean. The first panel will consist of examples of Modern Architecture and the second panel  will consist of examples of vernacular architecture.

English is the official language for exhibition documents.

The KTP is requesting submissions from its members for consideration for inclusion in the KTP’s panels. These must be submitted digitally, with a minimum 300 dpi resolution, in PDF format, by not later than Friday 30th June 2017. Submissions are to be emailed to [email protected] and clearly headed ‘UMAR Exhibition’.

The selection of projects for inclusion in the panels will be at the sole discretion of the Council of the KTP or its appointed advisors.


For more information on the technical submission requirements, please visit the link below.