The chief architects of historical monuments
The chief architects of historical monuments (ACMH) are architects, civil servants of the State, recruited on competition, who contribute to protect, preserve and make known the architectural heritage of France.
A setexpert review
The chief architects of historical monuments carry out the studies requested by the services of the Ministry of Culture and may carry out any expert and proposal assignment in relation to their responsibilities and may be assigned an inspection assignment. They can participate in heritage research programs and teaching.
A setsupervisory and advisory committee
Each chief architect of historical monuments is assigned, by order of the Minister responsible for Culture, a territorial district, for which he is responsible for the execution of the missions of supervision and advice:
- for the protection of historic monuments buildings or architectural elements,
- monitoring, in liaison with the regional cultural affairs directorates, the condition of buildings classified as historic monuments,
- in the matter of proposed protective measures for classified buildings whose protection would be threatened.
A setproject management committee
The Chief Architects of Historic Monuments are in charge of the restoration work on buildings classified as State-owned historic monuments in their constituency.
In addition, the chief architects of historical monuments are authorized to practise the profession of architect in a private capacity. In this context, they may exercise as a qualified architect, on a liberal and competitive basis, the mastery of all works on classified or inscribed historical monuments not belonging to the State, either at the request of private owners, or by responding to calls for tenders from local authorities.