Last edited 27 Dec 2020

Architects' registration

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[edit] Architect's Registration Act 1931 and amending Acts of 1938

[edit] Architects Act 1997 repealed the Architect's Registration Act 1931 and 1938

[edit] Eligibility for registration

  • Persons are eligible for registration if they hold such qualifications and have gained such experience as the Board may prescribe or if they have an equivalent standard of competence.
  • The joint ARB / RIBA validation arrangements operate, and admission to the register follows the well-established procedures of certified success in recognised examinations at parts 1, 2 and 3.
  • As courses in architecture increasingly adopt modular structures and the subjects of study become more diversified it is likely that the board's involvement in validation will increase to enable it to maintain its statutory obligations as the profession evolves and changes.
  • An application fee and an annual retention fee is payable for registration.
  • It is an offence to become registered or attempt to become registered by making false or fraudulent representations or declarations.
  • It is also an offence for an unregistered person to practise or carry on a business under the title containing the word 'architect'.

[edit] Removal from register

A person's name can be removed from the register permanently or for up to a period of two years if:

  • The Professional conduct Committee makes a disciplinary order, or if
  • The person fails to notify the registrar of a change of address, or if
  • The person fails to pay the annual retention fee.

Disciplinary orders may be made in the event of a registered person being found guilty of:

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