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Last edited 09 Jun 2021
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 June 2021, the government confirmed plans to allow architects with certain international qualifications to join their UK Register. In addition, it confirmed that wider proposals to drive up professional competence in the sector will be implemented via the Building Safety Bill, with the ARB given new powers to monitor the way architects manage their Continuing Professional Development (CPD). https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-responds-to-consultation-on-amendments-to-the-architects-act
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