Who can use the title “Architect”?
While virtually anyone can draw up plans and call themselves a “building designer”, only a person registered by the Architects Board of WA can use the title “architect”. But the distinction is far more substantial than the just the title used.
Architects must have gained approved tertiary qualifications (or equivalent), have undertaken a two-year period of practical experience and have successfully completed both the written and oral parts of the Architectural Practice Examination before becoming eligible to apply for registration, and qualifying to use the title “architect”.
Once registered, practising architects are required to undertake continuing professional development activities each year to ensure their knowledge, skill and competence remains current.
The title “architect” can also be used by corporations that have been licensed by the Board. In order for an architectural corporation to be granted a licence, all architectural work carried out by the corporation has to be done under the direct control and supervision of an architect, and an architect has to have ultimate responsibility for the architectural work done by the corporation. Architects that take on these responsibilities are referred to as “responsible architects”.
So, when you are working with an “architect”, you will now you are dealing with a fully qualified professional.
You can check if an individual is registered, or if a corporation is licensed, by using the “Search Register” function on the home page of the Board’s website, or by contacting the Board’s offices.