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NEWS & PRACTICE NOTES

 

06/2015 **NEW**

 

LARB’s Message to all RLAs

 

 

05/2015

 

Expiry of Current Term of Appointment

 

The following members of the Landscape Architects Registration Board will have their current term of appointment expires by 13 August 2015:

 

Last Name

First Name

Chinese Name

 

 

 

CHEN

Leslie Hung Chi

陳弘志

HAMEY

Narelle Anne

 

KOK

Vince Wing Sze

谷穎詩

LAI

Sai Hong

黎世康

LAM

Eric Kam Wai

林錦威

LAM

Frances Kai Mei

林佳美

LEE

Salina O Sze

李澳思

LO

Sunny Lap Kei

羅立基

LUK

Vincent Tak Ming

陸德明

MONG

Frankie Wai Yan

蒙偉恩

PRYOR

Matthew Robert

 

 

According to Section 3(4) of LARO, HKILA Council shall not appoint a person as a member of the Board unless he or she is a Member or a Fellow under the constitution of HKILA.  Qualified individuals who are interested to serve as members of the Board shall express interest to HKILA Council for consideration.

 

 

04/2015

 

New Board Member

 

In accordance with LARO, HKILA has appointed Mr. Matthew Robert PRYOR to be a Board Member, effective from 25 March 2015.

 

 

02/2015

 

LARB Interview with non-HKILA applicants

 

A LARB interview with applicants under LARO S12(1)(a)(iii) was conducted on 14 February 2015 - on the same day and same venue as HKILA PPE Oral Examination.  It aids the Board’s assessment on whether an applicant is suitable to be registered as a landscape architect in Hong Kong.  Two assessment panels were formed this year.  Like the past many years since 2001, in accordance with LARB’s “Mechanism in the Assessment of RLA Applicants who are not Members of HKILA”, each assessment panel consisted of:

 

-       3 Members appointed by the LARB (2 Board Members and 1 RLA – All members should have a min. of 7 years post HKILA qualification)

-       1 observer from HKILA appointed by the Council of HKILA

 

Interesting remarks to be noted:

 

(a)   The “Mechanism” has been set up by LARB in 2001 (2001 LARB Member & the Registrar) and was adopted and implemented in the same year.

(b)   Members in this year’s assessment panels (and in fact for many years in the past) were also oral examiners or observers for this year’s HKILA PPE Oral Examination.

 

 

10/2014 (3)

 

HKILA Council’s 10-page letter to the Secretary of Development

 

LARB obtained from a third source a copy of the captioned dated back 2013.  Some of its content may concern RLAs.

 

A copy of the letter can be viewed here.

 

 

10/2014 (2)

 

AACSB’s decision on the definition of “Qualified Landscape Architects”

 

ArchSD’s decision will render a landscape architect in Hong Kong (also known as “registered landscape architect” or “RLA”) unable to take up Government landscape consultancy unless he or she is also a Member or Fellow of HKILA.

 

A copy of the letter can be viewed here.

 

 

10/2014

 

Chairman & Vice-chairman resume Duty

 

The majority of the Board concluded that the election of Chairman and Vice-chairman on 30 July 2014 had been implemented in compliance with LARB’s Rules of Meeting.  Chairman LAI, Sai Hong and Vice-chairman LEE, Salina O Sze resumed their duty.

 

 

09/2014

 

Resignation & Suspension of Duty

 

On 11 September 2014, Board Member Mr. Paul Chan resigned.

 

An allegation has also been made against the Board’s election of Chairman and Vice-chairman on 30 July 2014 not being in compliance with LARB’s Rules of Meeting.  Chairman LAI, Sai Hong and Vice-chairman LEE, Salina O Sze have voluntarily suspended their duty until the matter has been cleared of in accordance with the Rules of Meeting.

 

 

08/2014 (2)

 

LARB’s 2nd letter to ArchsD on the definition of “Qualified Landscape Architects”

 

It is to the opinion of the majority of the Board that “Qualified Landscape Architect” shall only means “landscape architect”, “registered landscape architect” or “R.L.A.” under the Landscape Architects Registration Ordinance (Cap. 516).

 

A copy of the letter can be view here.

 

 

08/2014

 

AACSB’s decision on the definition of “Qualified Landscape Architects”

 

ArchSD’s decision will render a landscape architect in Hong Kong (also known as “registered landscape architect” or “RLA”) unable to take up Government landscape consultancy unless he or she is also a Member or Fellow of HKILA.

 

A copy of the letter can be viewed here.

 

 

07/2014

 

LARB’s letter to ArchSD on Definition of “Qualified Landscape Architects” in AACSB Handbook

 

LARB recommends updating the entry criteria for Landscape Architectural consultants under AACSB Handbook in accordance with LARO:

 

“Landscape architect means Registered Landscape Architect under the Landscape Architects Registration Ordinance (Cap.516).”

 

A copy of the letter can be viewed here.

 

 

06/2014

 

Definition of “Qualified Landscape Architects” in AACSB Handbook

 

According to LARO, “landscape architects” are all “registered landscape architects” (RLAs).  Based on an interpretation of LARO, LARB believed that “Qualified Landscape Architects” in AACSB Handbook should strictly mean RLAs, i.e., individuals registered to be landscape architects under LARO.  However, HKILA Council held a different opinion, and believed that such definition should mean individual registered to be landscape architects under LARO + HKILA Members.  The implication is some RLAs who are not HKILA Members will not be qualified for Government job under the AACSB Handbook.

 

The issue has been discussed for over a year, but LARB and HKILA Council failed to reach an agreement.  RLAs are welcomed to express their opinions in writing to LARB or HKILA Council.

 

 

02/2014

 

Assessment of Applicants who are not HKILA Members 

 

LARB has successfully carried out on 8th Feb 2014 assessment interviews for applicants who were not HKILA Members in accordance with Section 12(1)(iii) of LARO.  The result will be communicated to applicants individually.

 

LARB takes this opportunity to remind that LARB may assess the suitability of an applicant to be registered as a RLA based on whether he or she possesses sufficient knowledge with relevant ordinances, guidelines, practice notes, and technical circulars issued by local authorities.  The applicants should also get familiar with HKILA Constitution and Code of Professional Conduct, Conditions of Engagement and Professional Charges.  LARB recommends all applicants to be prepared for the assessment interviews by referring to “Suggested Reading for HKILA Professional Practice Examination”, which can be viewed from HKILA website.

 

 

10/2013

 

Guidelines on Use of Titles

 

The use of the titles “landscape architect’, ‘registered landscape architect’, and ‘R.L.A.” is protected by Section 29 of LARO.  Suspected cases of misuse of title under LARO may subject to criminal investigation by law enforcement agencies.  Convicted offenders will be liable to a fine at level 5 and to imprisonment for 1 year.

 

 

11/2012

 

In Hong Kong, it is mandatory for Self-Certificate of Compliance (SCC) on landscape works and/or tree works of a project to be carried out by a Registered Landscape Architect (RLA).  There are currently 4 nos. Government practice notes relevant to the SCC: 

 

LandsD LAO Practice Note 7/2007 - Tree Preservation and Tree Removal Application for Building Development in Private Projects

http://www.landsd.gov.hk/en/images/doc/2007-7.pdf

 

 

LandsD LAO Practice Note 6/2003 - Compliance of Landscape Clause under Lease

http://www.landsd.gov.hk/en/images/doc/2003-6e.pdf

 

 

PlanD Practice Note for Professional Persons No. 1/2004 - Processing and Compliance Checking of Landscape Submissions related to Planning Applications

http://www.pland.gov.hk/pland_en/tech_doc/pra_note/pn_1_04.html

 

 

BD/ LandsD/ PlanD Joint Practice Note No. 3 - Re-engineering of Approval Process for Land and Building Developments

http://www.pland.gov.hk/pland_en/tech_doc/joint_pn/jpn03_e.pdf

 

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