Architecture Service Industry Promotion Act (ASIPA) was revised and adopted by the subcommittee of Legislation and Judiciary Committee on the 24th. The plenary meeting and general meeting are still remaining, but officials are 99% certain about its adoption.
The core line of the revised proposal is establishment of Korean Architecture Agency (KAA) (the 25th clause of the proposal). Ministry of Strategy and Finance (MOSF) seemed to deny the establishment of an agency that will cost about 2 billion KRW at first. But according to the revised proposal, MOSF will require a meeting with the minister of MOSF when establishment of KAA is requested. This can be interpreted as MOSF conceded a point instead of denying all.
ASIPA requires a five-year-long master plan and annual plan for each year to encourage architecture service industry, improvement in public project delivery system by changing from turnkey or PQ system to design competition system, and establishment, management and special account of KAA. It also requires Presidential Commission on Architecture Policy (PCAP) to examine business plans on public building constructions and to install a public building center for that.
KAA is a special agency to perform architecture related businesses in a systematic structure by researching on policies, managing information and assisting start-up businesses. Also, KAA can work for profit under the presidential executive order.
Currently there exist 25 agencies in other industrial areas, and Korea Design Agency, in particular, has great income, which 76.1% of it is made by government support in forms of contribution, subsidy, and consigned monopoly.
A classic example of architecture agency is NAI in Netherlands. In Netherlands, the strongest country in the field of architecture, the government funds 84% of annual budget to encourage establishment of agencies during the process of forming infrastructures of architecture policies.
The hands and the feet to control ASIPA is KAA, thus the adoption of the proposals will encourage the field of architecture. I am looking forward to seeing the first Mayor of Architecture Policy and his performance.
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