Construction Development Board

Architectural Designs

Posted on 1st June, 2009



It has long been observed that most architectural designs in Bhutan are prepared by individuals who are not qualified and in most cases the identity of the architect is also not recorded. This has led to a general decline in quality and sense of responsibility of the designers.

To encourage professionalism and to protect the interests of the Client, the CDB shall register all architects (Bhutanese and non-Bhutanese) who wish to provide professional services in Bhutan .

All professionally qualified architects (Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture) who wish to have the privilege of signing/approving architectural designs are requested to register immediately with the CDB.  Signatures of non-registered Architects shall henceforth no longer be recognized by any of the City/Municipal, Dzongkhag or other authorities for the purpose of issuing building permits.

Additionally, architects in the private sector who have registered, and wish to compete for government or corporate contracts are required to register as a 'firm' with the CDB immediately. Consultancy firms already registered with the CDB under 'architectural consultant" will need to re-register.

Non-Bhutanese firms operating / desiring to operate in Bhutan shall also be required to register.

The registration forms for individual and firm registration may be downloaded from the Construction Development Board website www.cdb.gov.bt.  More detailed information on registration process may be obtained from the CDB Secretariat.

  Zhabtog Lyonpo