Association pour la
sur la Ville et l'HAbitat

Our training

ARVHA is an organization who is first of all intended to train architects to renovation and urban redevelopment jobs. Since 1994 our training are organized under the aegis of the Minister for the Arts and Communications, Management of Architecture and Heritage. Nearly 900 architects were trained by ARVHA on the different introduced themes below :


Redevelop districts: urban redevelopment and sustainable renovation

Every year since 1994, between fifteen and twenty architects attend this training. It takes place on a year with 33 days of theoretical training exempted by ARVHA, the rest of the training course taking place in a company.
The content of the training is linked to the exercise of project ownership jobs and enable architects to become quickly operational thanks to tools and developed methods during the training.
This one-year training enables to qualify architects in the field of renovation and urban redevelopment by taking into account new courses.
It is open to job seeker architects and to architects in service who wish to integrate project ownership jobs or those of consultant for regional and local authorities and private individuals.


Architecture, Urbanism and Disabilities

Architects occasionally consider that problems linked to accessibility of disabled people as a strain and limit themselves to the strict compliance of the normative minimum. To its large extent this nominative framework only and partially takes into account the problem of motor disability. The other kind of disabilities are virtually absent, when they are not totally ignored. A real consideration of the different disabilities in projects must overtake the normative minimum to be based on everyday life moves of people with motor disability, visual impairment or hearing impairment.
The aim of this training is to enable architects to jointly take into account in their architectural or urban projects the three main families of disabilities:

  • Motor disabilities
  • Visual disabilities
  • Hearing disabilities

The theoretical training is divided into 3 face-to-face days dealing with the different disabilities knowledge, the urban spaces and the architectural spaces. Moreover, for a year, ARVHA provides a support web site of training with a forum and the tutor’s steady.
More than 500 people have been attending this training since 2003.


Male/Female architects entrepreneur

Young architects and especially women meet with important difficulties to start their agencies:

  • To balance family life and professional life,
  • Ignorance of the mechanisms to a new business startup,
  • Lack of confidence in their abilities of financial management,
  • Lack of skills as regards accountancy,
  • Ignorance of human resources management and labour laws.

This training aims to make new business start-up easier to young graduate architects, and to older architects, having a professional experience as employee and hoping for creating their own structure. It also aims at favouring equality of opportunity in this job exercise.
The training content is organised on three major themes:

  • Legal form of professional exercise: self-employed and the different types of companies(SCP, One-person limited company, Limited liability company, Limited company, SEARL, SELAFA, SCOP SARL) and assistance to new business startup, in particular for women.
  • Management: the accounting and fiscal bonds, employees and welfare costs.
  • Contracts and insurances: private contracts and public contracts.

The training length is 4 days grouped in 2 courses of 2 days. The total training length is 28 hours of theoretical training and going on by a customised accompaniment of architects who ask for it.


This training aims at enabling architects to master the operational practice of public contracts, whether they act as a project manager or as a responsible for public client.
The training is focused on the particular context of renovation. Indeed today on one side renovation overtakes 60% of the building trade turnover, and on the other side, this kind of project presents a maximum of complexity both at the level of the initial planning and the construction steady. The good command of this particular type of public contracts enables at first to tackle with ease the other type of projects.

The theoretical training is divided into 3 modules of two days each.
The first module deals with the general principles of study and works public contracts. The two following modules, one is devoted to ownership project markets and the other to Works markets, developing in each case the proceedings to follow, the contacts’ contents and the administrative and financial steady of the construction.


Architects and sustainable development since 2009

Carried out under the aegis of the Minister for the Arts and Communications, this training of 3 days length, aims at enabling architects to acquire a common language on the issues of a design and sustainable building, a piece of knowledge on bioclimatic principles, sustainable urbanism.
This training enables to understand issues and at the same time render each problematic to concrete actions.
This training is led by two engineers, a former engineer of ADEME who master every issue linked to renewable energies and calculations to well size it’s putting in and a heat engineer who master the new thermal regulations and their implementation into the context of architectural design.
These short trainings are open to job seeker architects and to architects in service who hope for integrating the jobs of ownership project or those of consultant for regional and local authorities and private individuals.