Brief Historical Background of Architects Registration Council of Ghana (1969)

The Architects Registration Council (ARC) was established through the Architects Act 1969, NLCD 357 (previously the Architects Decree). Though the ARC has been in existence since 1969, no proper administrative structures were put in place for its functions and operations as a public service organisation. It was therefore operated in an informal manner by the Ghana Institute of Architects (GIA/Institute), the professional association it was supposed to regulate.

In effect, there was no formal separation between the GIA Council (Executives) and the ARC Governing Board, the Act sought to establish. Arc Kenneth Scott, then Honorary Secretary of the GIA, performed the duty of the ARC Registrar.


1974 - 1997

The ARC thus operated for about four years, and by the mid-70s, got subsumed into the Council of the GIA. Thus it did not become a government agency with a board and staff as provided by the Act. GIA staff performed all the duties of the ARC, including monitoring of architectural education, registration and accounting Apprehending the shortcomings of not having a legal backing to regulate the profession, the GIA moved to streamline its activities.

Cedis House
Cedis House

2009 - 2011

In 2009, the ARC governing board, together with Boards of all other government organisations was dissolved, with the advent of a new regime of government. The Council was thus left without a governing board until November 2009, when a new board was inaugurated. This was made up of Arc. H. D. L. Yartey, – Chairman; Prof. R. Mills-Tettey – ARC Registrar; Arc. Osei Kwame Agyeman – President of GIA; Arc. Charles Dzogbenuku – Hon. Secretary of GIA; Arc. R. N. Dadey – GIA Representative; Arc. Steve Akuffo – GIA Representative; Arc. Alhaji Yahaya Yakubu – MWH Representative; Arc. Prof. G. W. K. Intsiful – KNUST Representative; Emerita Prof. Elizabeth Ardayfio-Schandorf – Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences Representative; Nana Ohene Obeng – Attorney General’s Department Representative; and Arc. Stella N.D. Arthiabah – ARC Deputy Registrar, as Secretary.

Prof. Ralph Mills-Tettey retired in 2011, and the Deputy Registrar was appointed to act as Registrar in the same year at the recommendation of the Board.

Independence Arch
Independence Arch

2011 - 2014

As a Public Service Organization, the appointment of a new Registrar now had to comply with the laid down provisions of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana. Subsequently, with the assistance of the sector Ministry and the Public Services Commission, the ARC began the process of developing its Establishment Schedule, Organisational Arrangement, and Scheme of Service; based on which recruitment of the Registrar and requisite staff could be made for it to continue its statutory functions effectively and efficiently. This process was duly completed and a new Registrar was appointed in 2014 in accordance with the provisions of the 1992 constitution. Also in 2011, the ARC was given additional responsibility by the sector ministry to regulate building draughtsmen and technicians.

To this end, the National Board of Control for Building Technicians and Draughtsmen (NBoC) was established, with the Registrar of ARC as chairperson and the following as members: Arc. R. N. Dadey (ARC Board Representative); Nana Ohene Obeng (ARC Board Representative/ Attorney General’s Department); Mr. John Tettey (MWH); Arc. Charles Dzogbenuku (GIA Representative); Arc. S.Y. Akoto (Accra Metropolitan Assembly); Dr. C.K. Osei (KNUST Distance Learning); Mr. Olufemi O. Fatonade (Accra Polytechnic); Mr. John N. Donu–Sampa (Association of Building Technicians and Draughtsmen); Mr. Buhari L. Armata (Association of Building Technicians and Draughtsmen); Mr. Isaac K. Sam-Newton (Association of Building Technicians and Draughtsmen); and Yvonne Adoba–Otchey (ARC Administrative Secretary).

The Council has come this far, and has high hopes of effectively achieving its mandate to promote and regulate the practice of architecture with an objective of achieving sustainable projects and shelter development at district, municipal, metropolitan and national levels while also protecting the populace and national needs by ensuring high quality professional education, practice and conduct.

As of December 2016, there were 977 Registered Architects, 218 Registered Firms, 3 (Foreign) Firms on Temporary Register of Firms, 5 (Foreign) Architects on Temporary Register of Individual Architects, 150 Registered Probationers and 2 Schools of Architecture (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST and Central University, CU).