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Old 17.06.2009, 22:20
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Calling All Architects Practices

Evening All,

I'm VERY new here and am looking for work in Switzerland as a Hochbauzeichner or as we call them in the UK Archiitectural Technician / Technologist. Pricipally English speaking but my German girl friend is slowly beating the language into me.

I won't go into my CV but if there are any forum users who could help me out with the following I would be extremely grateful.

1. Where can I find online downloads of the Swiss Building Code / Building Regs. I appreciate they are by Canton by anything would help.

2. Are there any proffesional bodies / associations related to Architectural Technology. For example the UK has the CIAT, (Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists)

3. Does anyone know the name of any architectural recruitment agencies?

4. If anyone can answer any of the above they might be in the trade, do you know of any practices looking for a technician

Location within Switzerland is not important.

Thanks for taking the time

Kind Regards

Andy.
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Old 18.06.2009, 11:32
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Re: Calling All Architects Practices

Some laws like equal access for the handicapped are national, other laws are cantonal or municipal even. A web search for "Baugesetz" and the canton's name could give you some results for the German speaking cantons.

In Switzerland, the de facto norms are made by the Swiss Engineers and Architects Association SIA. They are going to cost you big money, though. These norms are in accordance with Swiss law and even though they are not building standards by law, play a significant role. For example if a building doesn't meet the SIA standards and doesn't withstand an earthquake, it is believed by the homeowner's association HEV that a court would judge the architect's liability to be higher.

For some job leads, have a look at this thread:
http://www.englishforum.ch/jobs/5060...nternship.html
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Re: Calling All Architects Practices

The building code in Switzerland varies not only by canton, but by each little village!!! Everyone has its own regulation in terms of height, distances, types of building elements, etc. etc.

In general these rules can be found on internet site of each given commune, sometime you need to go to the local office and get it. Costs 10-15 CHF.

As mentioned, SIA is the main regulatory body for architects and engineers. Most architects, not necessarily official members of SIA, follow the rules and charges their fees according to SIA.

As for hiring, if you spoke fluent French, I could hire you, sorry French only...
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Re: Calling All Architects Practices

Nathu,

Thanks for the equal access link. Lots of new words in that lot.
Spookily the job link was posted by Lindochka....

Lindochka,

Thank you very much for the information also and I really wish I spoke better french. That was a very kind offer.

Cheers

Andy
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