ARB was established by Parliament in 1997 to regulate the architects’ profession in the UK. We are an independent, public interest body and our work in regulating architects ensures that good standards within the profession are consistently maintained for the benefit of the public and architects alike.
Our duties are contained in the 1997 Architects Act, and cover six main areas:
Prescribing – or ‘recognising’ – the qualifications needed to become an architect
Keeping the UK Register of Architects
Ensuring that architects meet our standards for conduct and practice
Investigating complaints about an architect’s conduct or competence
Making sure that only people on our Register offer their services as an architect.
Act as the UK’s Competent Authority for architects
Regulation of Architects, ARB prescribes (or recognises) the qualifications