Hanoi (VNA) – With 88.64 percent of approval votes,
the National Assembly passed the Law on Architecture at its ongoing seventh
session in Hanoi on June 13.
Lawmakers vote to pass the Law on Architecture (Photo:
The law consists of five chapters and 41 articles,
setting out regulations on the management of architecture; practice of
architecture; as well as power, responsibilities and obligations of
agencies, organisations, and individuals in architectural activities.
An important content of the law is the principle of
architectural activities should comply with Vietnam’s orientations for
architectural development, urban and rural planning; meet socio-economic
sustainable development needs; and ensure defence, security, environmental
protection, reasonable use of natural resources, climate change adaptation,
and natural disaster prevention.
The law looks to promote traditional architectural
values and acquire the world’s quintessence in architecture.
It aims to apply high technologies to ensure
economic, technical and artistic efficiency as well as make effective use of
energy and combine harmoniously benefits of the nation and the community
along with legitimate interests of participating organisations and
One of the issues attracting the attention of
legislators was the preservation of national cultural identities in
architecture, including typical characteristics of natural conditions,
economy-society, culture and art, ethnic traditional customs, construction
techniques and materials which are illustrated in architectural works.
After thorough discussions, the legislators agreed
to supplement an article to the law, which aims at preserving and promoting
national cultural identities in architecture.
The lawmakers held that it is necessary to stipulate
the expiration date of an architectural practice certificate to ensure the
qualifications of architects. They agreed to keep the current 10-year