Germany: Federal Chamber of German Architects / Bundesarchitektenkammer (BAK)

Year of establishment: 1969. The “Bundesarchitektenkammer e.V.” (BAK – Federal Chamber of German Architects) is the governing body of the 16 Federal State Chambers of Architects in Germany. It represents the interests of about 138.000 architects in politics and the public on a national and international level. Although both architect and building order regulations are a matter of individual federal state legislation, many important political decisions pertaining to the profession are made in Berlin or Brussels.