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Section 20 of the Architects Act 1997 gives the Board powers to regulate use of the title “architect”. Rule 25 of the Board’s General Rules sets out the requirements in respect of bodies corporate and firms.

If an individual wishes to use the title “architect” in the name of a limited company or a limited liability partnership (LLP), they can only do so with the Board’s permission. The Board is then able to ensure that there is at least one registered person at the new company/partnership who will be responsible for any architectural work undertaken; and it is in the consumer interest that the architects are clearly identified.

Once the completed Declaration has been approved, the Board will provide you with a letter of non-objection that can be given to Companies House.

If you are an architect, or you are acting for one, and you would like further details about forming a limited company or an LLP incorporating the title “architect” in the name, please contact professionalstandards@arb.org.uk

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