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Last edited 06 Nov 2020
The Architects Act
Although buildings in the UK are commonly designed by people who are not architects, the term ‘architect’ itself is protected by the act. Section 20 of the Architects Act states that 'A person shall not practise or carry on business under any name style or title containing the word ‘architect’ unless he is a person registered under this Act'.
The act, which came into force in July 1997, consolidated the Architects (Registration) Act 1931 (which had required the Register of Architects to be established), and the changes enacted in Part III of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996.
It also provided that:
- An office of Registrar should maintain the register and carry out the instructions of ARB.
- The ARB would be made up of 8 government-appointed lay members and 7 architects elected by registered architects.
- The Board of Architectural Education would be abolished.
In November 2020, the government announced a consultationon changes to the Act to make competence assesssment compulsory. For more information see: Architects' building safety competence consultation.
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