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Put your questions to the RIBA's next president Jane Duncan


The title “Architect” is not really protected. Many clients and often many other members of the construction profession still do not understand or realise the difference between an architect and architectural designer - especially for smaller projects such as domestic work, one off houses, extensions etc. so this message should be made clearer. The purpose of the full course (seven years minimum) is to provide a level of confidence for the client and the industry that an architect should have a base level of competency that those less trained are unlikely to have. It is unacceptable that untrained, uneducated people can be regarded by the general public as being similar/ the same. It is that association which is threatening and devaluing the profession. If clients do not know the difference, why bother to spend the huge amount of time and expense to become qualified? I believe something drastic must be done to combat this. Either mass education of the terms- or the simpler solution of completely protecting the title that “architect” in any form e.g. “architect”ural designer. Unless ARB registered if you do use the term architect in any form it must be attached to the words Junior or amateur and only if you have completed an aspect of the full qualification i.e. Part 1 or Part 2. I believe this should be the responsibility of the RIBA to fight for the value in the profession- do you agree?

Posted date

19 August, 2015

Posted time

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