Baumeister profession – Master builder in EU
Table showing all countries in which this profession is regulated, with the name of the profession as used in the country. By clicking on the name you can access details of the regulated profession with the competent authorities and points of contact.
Access to the profession in Austria
Access to the profession in Austria
Architects – Chartered Engineering Consultants
The access to the Austrian profession “Ziviltechniker” (comprises Architects and Chartered
Engineering Consultants) is regulated by a federal law called “Ziviltechnikergesetz” (ZTG).
To practice as Ziviltechniker , the following qualifications are required:
1. University (Mag. , Dipl.Ing. or Master) or University of applied sciences degree in
technological, scientific and mining areas, in areas connected with environmental and soil
2. Professional practice of at least three years (after graduation).
The practice has to be passed as an employee or personally exercising a regulated trade
or in the public service.
3. Licensing Examination (“Ziviltechnikerprüfung”)
Access is open to applicants with Austrian nationality, applicants with nationality of an
EU/EEA country or Switzerland and applicants with (a) family member(s) with nationality of
an EU/EEA country.
The application for this examination – including all necessary documents – has to be filed with
the regional Chamber of Architects and Chartered Engineering Consultants where the
applicant has his/her main residence. If the applicant has no residence in Austria, he/she can
choose one of the regional Chambers. The chamber passes the application together with an
advisory opinion to the Federal Ministry for Economics, Family and Youth. The ministry
decides about the application and assigns the candidate to an examination commission.
The Licensing Examination is a public oral examination and there are no remedies against
the decision of the commission.
If the candidate fails the examination, he/she has the possibility of a second and a third try.
Every candidate has to demonstrate in the Licensing Examination sufficient knowledge in the
• Austrian administrative law which includes especially the scope and basic knowledge of
the different regulations;
• Business administration, especially basics in the fields of cost accounting, organisation,
personnel matters, investing and financing etc.;
• Legal and professional regulations of the special professional field (e.g. architecture)
• Professional laws and ethics of the profession, which include especially knowledge about
the Ziviltechnikergesetz, Ziviltechnikerkammergesetz, ethic code etc.
Further candidates for the licence of a Geodetic Surveyor have to demonstrate further
knowledge i.e. of the scientific basics and methods of the land surveying,
Vermessungsgesetz (BGBl. Nr. 306/1968), Liegenschaftsteilungsgesetz (BGBl. Nr. 3/1930),
Fon: (+43-1) 505 58 07
Fax: (+43-1) 505 32 11
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Grundbuchsrecht, Wasserrecht, Forstrecht, Baurecht, Raumordnung, Flurverfassung and the
Austrian Civil Law and other regulations in connection with the above mentioned law acts.
The authorisation for professional activity (“Befugnis”) is awarded by the Federal Ministry for
Economics, Family and Youth. For either architecture or one of the more than 60
specialisations of Chartered Engineering Consultants a special authorisation is required.
Both, natural persons and business associations of architects and chartered engineering
consultants may hold an authorisation.
Before making use of the authorisation the applicant has to take the oath that he/she will
observe the law, his other responsibilities and the duty to confidentiality.
Areas of Specialisation:
Architects are officially authorised to render architectural services.
Chartered Engineering Consultants are officially authorised to work in technological, scientific
or mining areas and in the field of environmental and soil sciences.
Scope of the Authorisation:
The authorisation enables architects/chartered engineering consultants to provide planning,
testing, supervising, consulting, co-ordinating and mediative services for their entire expert
They act as trustees, handle total planning projects and settle projects in a commercial and
organizational manner. They draft reports and are entitled to act as representatives before
authorities and public law corporations.
They draw up public documents in their areas of specialisation using a seal (=external sign of
authorisation and certification).
Architects/Chartered Engineering Consultants are not entitled to the execution of workings.
Austrian Architects/Chartered Engineering Consultants are generally obliged to work
freelance or to work for an association of Ziviltechniker, if they are partners or shareholders.
Should they wish to work employed in a private or public business (other than an association
of Ziviltechniker) or exercise a regulated trade they will have to notify the competent Regional
Chamber of Architects and Engineering Consultants and the authorisation will become
inactive. During the employment status, which is a part of the awarded authorisation for
professional practice, the Architects/Chartered Engineering Consultants are not entitled to
perform activities of the authorisation, besides the Ziviltechniker is employed in a company in
which he is partner or shareholder.
A written notification of the Chamber will turn the authorisation active again.
Austrian Architects/Chartered Engineering Consultants are obliged to a continuing
Ziviltechniker (Architects and Chartered Engineering Consultants) are entitled to make use of
various business forms, but authorisation, professional duties and liability are always
assigned to the Ziviltechniker who offered his total planning services of all types to the client.
The academic titles of graduates are either
Dipl.-Ing (Diplomingenieur) or Mag. (Magister), Master
The professional titles “Architekt”, “Ingenieurkonsulent”, “Zivilingenieur”, “Ziviltechniker” and
“Zivilgeometer” are protected by the Austrian “Ziviltechnikergesetz”. They can only be used
by authorized Architects or Chartered Engineering Consultants.
Provision of Services in Austria by Architects and Chartered Engineering Consultants
of EU/EEA Member countries and Switzerland:
Citizens of an EU/EEA country and Switzerland are allowed to provide cross border
services occasionally and temporarily if they fulfil the following criteria:
• Nationality of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland
• Authorisation to practice as an architect/chartered engineering consultant (in one of
the areas of expertise of § 3 ZTG – degree in technological, scientific and mining
areas, in areas connected with environmental and soil sciences) in an EU/EEA
Member country or Switzerland and establishment in an EU/EEA country or
• Formal professional qualification
• Practice as an authorized practising architect for at least two years during the last 10
years, if the profession is not regulated in the country where he/she is established.
A notification with the chamber is not requested, but the architect/chartered engineering
consultant is obliged to supply the client with the following information:
• Register and identification number in this register
• Name and address of the responsible controlling authority in the country of
• Professional body or similar organisation of which the architect/engineering
consultant is part of
• Professional title / formal qualification
• UID Number
• Details about insurance protection concerning professional liability
Establishment in Austria:
Requirements for architects:
An Architect can apply for authorization to work as an architect in Austria and establish
himself/herself in Austria if he/she is citizen of an EU/EEA country (or is a family member
of a person with nationality of an EU/EEA country) or Switzerland and is practising as
authorized architect in his/her country of origin. The authorization in Austria is awarded
by the Federal Minister of Economics, Family and Youth.
Requirements for application:
1. Evidence of nationality
2. Proof of authorisation to practice as an architect by country of origin
3. Evidence of reliability, non-bankruptcy and non-violation of code of ethics / code of
conduct by the responsible authorities in the country of origin (not older than three
Requirements for chartered engineering consultants:
A chartered engineering consultant can apply for authorization to work as chartered
engineering consultant – in an area of expertise which is equivalent to the areas of expertise
mentioned in § 3 ZTG (technological, scientific and mining areas, in areas connected with
environmental and soil sciences) – in Austria and establish himself/herself in Austria if
he/she is citizen of an EU/EEA country (or is a family member of a person with
nationality of an EU/EEA country) or Switzerland and is practising as authorized
chartered engineering consultant in his/her country of origin. The authorization is
awarded by the Federal Minister of Economics, Family and Youth.
Requirements for application:
1. Evidence of nationality
2. Proof of authorisation to practice as a chartered engineering consultant by country of
3. Evidence of reliability, non-bankruptcy and non-violation of code of ethics / code of
conduct by the responsible authorities in the country of origin (not older than three
The authorization will be awarded if the professional qualification is equivalent (according to
Art. 11 lit e Directive 2005/36/EG)
Especially in the following cases the qualification is not seen as equivalent:
• The subjects of the applicant’s education differ highly from the requested
qualifications according to the Austrian ZTG
• The services belonging to the scope of authorization of a chartered engineering
consultant are in the applicant’s country of origin not in the scope of this profession
and the applicant’s education differs from the requested qualifications according to
the Austrian ZTG.
If the applicant’s qualification is not seen as equivalent this can be equalized by a training
course with a duration of up to 2 years or verbal aptitude test.
The regional Chambers of Architects and Chartered Engineering Consultants will supply you
with all the information you may need, such as information on insurance and building
regulations. The chambers also offer a wide range of seminars and courses:
Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland:
Kammer der Architekten und Ingenieurkonsulenten für Wien, Niederösterreich und
1040 Wien, Karlsgasse 9/1
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Styria and Carinthia:
Kammer der Architekten und Ingenieurkonsulenten für Steiermark und Kärnten
8010 Graz, Schönaugasse 7/1
Tel. 0043/316/82 63 44-0
Upper Austria and Salzburg:
Kammer der Architekten und Ingenieurkonsulenten für Oberösterreich und Salzburg
4040 Linz, Kaarstraße 2/II
Tyrol and Vorarlberg:
Kammer der Architekten und Ingenieurkonsulenten für Tirol und Vorarlberg
6020 Insbruck, Rennweg 1
I am often asked to sum up what the Department stands for – to produce a ‘mission statement’. In a nutshell the aim is to sustain a close-knit yet diverse intellectual and creative community that excels in design teaching and research. We have particular strengths, such as: a focus on urban and contextual design across the Department; a reputation for outstanding history and philosophy teaching; and an excellence in sustainable building and urban design research.
At a time when the national and international media regularly examine issues pertaining to the nature and habitability of our cities, and buildings which veer between sculptural extravagance and environmental responsibility, there is a great need for serious, committed and imaginative designers and thinkers in the discipline. The high quality research carried out at AIW (ARCHITEKTUR INSTITUT Verein für Bildung und Forschung) is the basis for which we maintain a leading position in these debates, always seeking to understand the diversity of possibilities with respect to the profundity and richness of the architectural tradition.
It is an honour to be the Head of Department at AIW, primarily because of the intelligent and entrepreneurial nature of our students, and the outstanding initiatives of our researchers, academic staff and Design Fellows.
The purpose of EURES is to provide information, advice and recruitment/placement (job-matching) services for the benefit of workers and employers as well as any citizen wishing to benefit from the principle of the free movement of persons.
Launched in 1994, EURES is a co-operation network between the European Commission and the Public Employment Services of the EEA Member States (the EU countries plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and other partner organisations. Switzerland also takes part in EURES co‑operation.
EURES provides its services to jobseekers and employers through its human network of around 900 EURES advisers and other staff in the EURES host organisations as well as via online service-tools available on the EURES portal.
Indicator : A score below 60 % was rated as “red”, between 60 % and 80 % as “yellow”, and above 80 % as “green”.
Indicator : A ratio above 1.5 million was rated as “red”, between 0.8 and 1.5 million as “yellow”, and below 0.8 million as “green”.
Indicator : A ratio below 500 was rated as “red”, between 500 and 900 as “yellow”, and above 900 as “green”.
Indicator : A ratio below 30 was rated as “red”, between 30 and 100 as “yellow”, and above 100 as “green”.
Indicator : A score below 2 % was rated as “red”, between 2 % and 5 % as “yellow”, and above 5 % as “green”.
* Indicator  has been marked as red for Bulgaria as the country is currently not connected to the platform for vacancy exchange with EURES. Indicator ,  and  have been marked as red for Iceland as the country has not reported on the number of contacts and placements.
The overall performance is calculated on the basis of the points collected on the five criteria. The countries can “earn” 100 points for an indicator marked as “green”, 75 points for an indicator marked as “yellow” and 50 points for one marked as “red”.
If the total is equal or above 400, the final rating for the country will be “green”, if it is below 400 but still higher than 200 it will be “yellow” and if the total is equal or below 200, it will be “red”.
* Due to missing indicators these countries are marked as red without considering the total number of points.
All Member States are obliged to exchange job vacancies published by their National Public Employment Services with the EURES Portal. This score is based on the quality of the connection of the national Job Vacancies Database to the EURES portal, the proportion of vacancies exchanged, compared to the entire stock, and the quality of the content of these vacancies.
The figure for the population covered per EURES Adviser is obtained by dividing the total population of the country by the number of full-time equivalent EURES Advisers in that country. The EURES network is organised in different ways in each country. Services to end users are in many cases delivered also by other staff than EURES Advisers. Therefore this number does not necessarily reflect fully the effort of the Member State to implement the services.
The number of contacts with jobseekers per EURES adviser is obtained from monthly reporting of the EURES Advisers. Meetings, phone calls or email exchanges in which personal counselling takes place are considered as “contacts”.
The number of contacts with employers per EURES adviser is obtained from monthly reporting of the EURES Advisers. Meetings, phone calls or email exchanges in which personal counselling takes place are considered as “contacts”.
The ratio of placements resulting from contacts is obtained from monthly reporting of the EURES Advisers. Placements are incoming or outgoing workers that have been placed in a job as a direct result of the services provided by these EURES Advisers. This ratio is obtained by dividing the number of placements by the number of contacts with jobseekers.
Launched in 1994, EURES provides high-quality information, advice and recruitment services for workers and employers, through its network of around 900 EURES advisers working in the Public Employment Services and the EURES web portal and IT systems. It is a powerful resource available to the EU for promoting geographical mobility.
In light of the current economic situation, the EURES platform and network were increasingly used in 2012 and could thereby actively contribute toalleviating labour market imbalances.
- EURES’s network activities continued in 2012. The portal currently receives more than two million visits per month;
- EURES organised various European Job Days and other recruitment events to support job creation and improve worker mobility in the EU;
- The first pilot phase of the targeted mobility scheme “Your first EURES job” was launched helping young EU nationals aged 18 to 30 to find work in other Member States. The scheme combines customised job-matching and job placement services for workers with EU financial incentives (contributions to travel expenses for job interviews, pre-job training and integration activities).
Facts and figures
Jobseekers can register on the EURES portal to upload and publish their CVs. There are currently more than a million such jobseeker accounts.
Employers who register on the EURES portal can search for and contact jobseekers who have published their CVs. There are currently over 30 000 employers registered.
Germany (14 079 035), Luxembourg (8 550 438) and France (2 878 978) had considerably higher numbers of hits than all the other countries. They were omitted from the chart in order to maintain a reasonable scale.
As from 2014 EURES will be reformed to further step up its matching and placement capacity and thereby support increased mobility and employment in Europe. Preparations for the roll-out of reform will be the key priority throughout 2013.
The EURES portal will be revamped. A new version of the CV Online application will be launched, which, together with considerable improvements of the “Search for a job” functionality, will allow for better matching between CVs and job vacancies.
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Infringements and case law
Asserting your rights
If you are having problems getting your professional qualifications recognised in another EU country, the SOLVIT network is there to help. SOLVIT centres (one in each EU country) look for practical solutions to problems encountered by individuals and businesses in connection with the misapplication of European legislation.
If you feel that your rights under European law are not being respected, you may seek redress from the national courts or administrative bodies (including the national or regional ombudsman) and/or through the arbitration and conciliation procedures available in the country concerned.
Note: only national authorities have jurisdiction to order the recognition of qualifications or awarding of damages.
You may also lodge a complaint with the European Commission, which is able to institute proceedings (”infringement procedures“) against EU countries and, as a last resort, to bring an action against the country concerned before the European Court of Justice. However, this procedure is not as direct or personalised as steps taken at national level and may take a very long time.
Application of EU law – exercise your rights
Example of an infringement procedure
The Commission has brought proceedings against a number of EU countries for allowing only their own nationals to work as notaries.
List of recent infringement proceedings brought against EU countries in connection with the recognition of professional qualifications and reports of cases before the Court of Justice relating to professional recognition:
- infringement cases in the policy area of free movement of professionals
The EU Single Market Architects
To work as an architect in another EU country, you must apply to the authority that oversees the profession in that country, providing proof of your qualifications. The authority must:
- acknowledge your application within 1 month of receiving it, and ask you missing but necessary documents to process the application
- assess your qualifications, and decide whether to grant your application within 3 months (or 4 months for certain complicated cases in the area of non automatic recognition)
If you do not accept their decision, you can appeal to the relevant court in that country. As to the type of documents an authority may ask, please see also the Code of conduct
Which qualifications are recognised?
The authorities in any EU country must recognise any of the architects’ qualifications listed in:
- Annex V, point 5.7.1 of the Directive on recognition of professional qualifications
- Annex VI of the Directive on recognition of professional qualifications – provided your studies started no later than the academic year mentioned.
Your qualifications are automatically recognised if they are from a university or equivalent-level institution and if your studies for them:
- lasted at least 4 years full-time or 6 years study of which at least 3 years full-time
- had architecture as the principal component
- had theoretical and practical components
- taught the basic knowledge and skills listed in Article 46 of Directive 2005/36/EC on recognition of professional qualifications.
The qualifications listed in Annex V, point 5.7.1 of the Directive all meet these criteria. Those listed in Annex VI do not, but are still automatically recognised.
The authorities in some EU countries require architects to have a certain amount of experience before allowing them to carry the title of an architect. They may not apply the same requirement to you if this is not required under the rules of your own country.
Even if your architect’s qualification does not meet the criteria for automatic recognition and is not listed in Directive 2005/36/EC, it may still be recognised in other EU countries under the general system for recognition of qualifications.
However, if the relevant authorities think your training is significantly different from the training required in that country, you may have to sit an aptitude test, or to complete an adaptation period.
For detailed information on which qualifications may be recognised on this basis and what conditions may be attached, see Articles 10 to 15 of Directive (2005/36/EC).
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- Consultation process with Member States
- Other documents:
- Report from the Commission(2 MB) – Review, on the basis of experience, of Council Directive 85/384/EEC of 10 June 1985 pursuant to Article 30 thereof – COM(1997)350
- Report from the Commission(784 KB) on the derogation provided for by the architects Directive (85/384/EEC) concerning the duration of training in certain Universities of Applied Science (”Fachhochschulen“) in Germany – COM(1995)672
Directive 2005/36/EC in practice
The recognition of professional qualifications is defined in Directive 2005/36/EC.
- The directive provides for a special scheme for temporary mobility. In such situations, professionals can in principle work on the basis of a declaration made in advance.
- The directive also applies to professionals wishing to establish themselves in an EU country:
- as an employed or self-employed person
- on a permanent basis
- other than that in which they obtained their professional qualifications
- Three systems for the recognition of qualifications
The directive sets out three systems for the recognition of qualifications:
- The directive also includes provisions on knowledge of languages and professional and academic titles (see the Code of conduct and the User Guide )
Harpa wins European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2013
Harpa, the Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Iceland, is the winner of the 2013 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award, the European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe announced today. Designed by Henning Larsen Architects, Batteríið Architects and Studio Olafur Eliasson, the building has helped to transform and revitalise Reykjavik harbour and brought the city and harbour district closer together. The Emerging Architect Special Mention award goes to María Langarita and Víctor Navarro for the Nave de Música Matadero (Red Bull Music Academy) in Madrid, Spain. The award ceremony will take place on 7 June at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona, coinciding with a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the prize.
“Architecture is one of the most visible expressions of our contemporary culture. My warmest congratulations go to this year’s winners – indeed, to all of those who made the final shortlist. They have created buildings which are not only of the highest aesthetic and technical quality, but which also touch our emotions and bring people together. I would like to thank the Fundació Mies van der Rohe for their excellent collaboration in bringing the best contemporary European architecture to worldwide attention,” said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.
Harpa’s crystalline structure was inspired by Icelandic landscapes and traditions. Its dramatic design captures and reflects the light of the city, ocean and sky to thrilling effect. Peer Teglgaard Jeppesen, of Henning Larsen Architects, said: “On behalf of the team I would like to thank the European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe for this award. We are immensely honoured. Harpa is the result of collaborative process that has involved many people and with their efforts, strong commitment and drive Harpa has become a symbol of Iceland’s renewed dynamism.”
Wiel Arets, Chair of the Jury, said: “Harpa’s iconic and transparent porous quasi brick appears as an ever-changing play of coloured light, promoting a dialogue between the city and the building’s interior life. By giving an identity to a society long known for its sagas, through an interdisciplinary collaboration between Henning Larsen Architects and artist Olafur Eliasson, this project is an important message to the world and to the Icelandic people, fulfilling their long expected dream.”
The Nave de Música Matadero (Red Bull Music Academy), which received the Emerging Architect Special Mention award, was built in only two months to host a music festival in an early 20th-century warehouse complex in Madrid. It met the technical needs of the event, while promoting and enriching artistic encounters between the musicians.
Antoni Vives, President of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, said: “It has been an honour for the city of Barcelona and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation to grant this Prize with the European Commission for the past 25 years: a quarter of a century of the best European architecture. I would like to congratulate the winners of this 13th edition and I would like encourage architects to continue to play their role as catalysts for transforming cities.”
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