At Devlin Architects we are often surprised at the amount of people who advertise themselves as architectural designers, architectural technologists, design consultants or who claim to offer architectural services. Whether these people aim to mislead potential clients is unclear, but what is clear, is that not all of these people will be architects.
The title ‘architect’ is protected by law and the only way to ensure that you are contracting with an architect is to check the Architects Registration Board (ARB) website. This site lists those people who are qualified, experienced enough and legally allowed to use the term. If you employ the services of a person to carry out architectural services and they are not registered on the website, that person is not an architect. Simon can be found on the ARB website by typing his registration number (073650C) into the appropriate search box.
Architects should also be willing to provide references from previous clients and from other professionals in the construction industry with whom they have worked. Simon is always willing to provide the details of referees should this be required.
If you are unsure about the background of someone with whom you wish to appoint to undertake your project, do not be afraid to contact them in order to explore their experience and qualifications. Simon’s architectural background can be found here. If more detail is required, Simon will be happy to provide this.