Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE)
The “Architects’ Council of Europe” (ACE) is the representative organisation for the architectural profession at European level, speaking with a single voice on its behalf.

Its membership currently consists of 43 Member Organisations, which are the regulatory and professional representative bodies in all EU Member States, Accession Countries, Switzerland and Norway.

Through them, the ACE represents the interests of over 545.000 architects from 31 countries in Europe.

Promoting Architecture in Europe

To enhance the appreciation of Architecture as a matter of public interest and as an essential element in the creation of quality in the built environment so that it becomes a matter of primary concern for European citizens.

Advancing Architectural Quality in the Built Environment

To encourage, develop and promote quality in architecture, as a driver for prosperity and greater well-being for all, as well as a supporting element of social cohesion.

Supporting Sustainable Development of the Built Environment

To foster the use of sustainable principles in architectural design and planning, encouraging the adoption of holistic approaches to the complex issues that characterise the built environment, thereby ensuring a valuable and balanced legacy for the future.

Ensuring High Standards of Qualification for Architects

To promote and maintain the highest standards of architectural education and training consistent with the Professional Qualifications Directive and consumer interest, in order to ensure the highest levels of lifelong skill and competence within the profession.

Advocating Quality in Architectural Practice

To give guidance to architects on how to provide high quality architectural services to clients whilst working to ensure that the regulatory environment for architectural practice facilitates the achievement of this aim. To affirm the role of the architect in the project team as an expert in the responsible development of integrated approaches to design and construction.

Fostering Cross-Border Cooperation and Facilitating European Practice

To support the free movement of architects and architectural services throughout the European Union in the context of relevant EU Directives and Policies.

Acting as the Single Voice for Architects in Europe

To stimulate effective cooperation between the Member Organisations of the ACE within the context and spirit of the European Treaty, thus giving the profession a single voice in EU affairs while respecting its rich diversity and cultural identity.