ACE's manifesto urges action for high-quality architecture


The Architects’ Council of Europe has launched a manifesto ahead of the European Elections, urging MEPs to prioritize high-quality architecture and living environments.

Highlighting the urgent need to address climate and biodiversity crises exacerbated by current living practices, the manifesto emphasizes the importance of transforming design, construction, and regulation. It calls for a focus on the common good, quality of life, and integration of people and nature.

"Architects are agents of change. They have the necessary skill set to help local communities to re-imagine their living environments. In collaboration with the other stakeholders of the construction sector, they contribute to this paradigm shift, for more beautiful, sustainable and inclusive living environments" stated ACE President, Ruth Schagemann.

The manifesto advocates for:

Advancing education standards and professional up-skilling.
Establishing SME-friendly regulations and fostering sector innovation.
Promoting architectural solutions in the built environment.
It's a call to action for policymakers and professionals to create sustainable living environments for all.

In order to achieve this mission and create a shared culture of architecture, the Architects’ Council of Europe advocates for the following actions to be taken:

  • Advance the highest standards in education and ensure the up-skilling of professionals;
  • Establish a SME-friendly regulatory framework and support innovation in the sector;
  • Favour architectural and planning solutions in the built environment.

The manifesto is available here.