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Using the title ‘architect’ within your company name

The title ‘architect’ is protected by law. Our duties under the Architects Act 1997 include regulating use of the title.

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 may authorise use of the title in a company’s name on the basis there is at least one person at the organisation that is on the Architects Register who will be responsible for any architectural work undertaken.

To apply to use the title ‘architect’ in your company’s name, click either of the links below to download a Declaration Form. Once completed, email the form to us at professionalstandards@arb.org.uk. Upon approval of the Declaration, the Board will provide you with a letter of non-objection signalling consent for use of the title, which can then be given to Companies House.

Rule 20 of the Board’s General Rules sets out the full requirements for use of the title within a company name.

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.