Before a person can be called an architect he or she will have completed a seven-year course in the design, specification and erection of buildings and passed the professional practice examination which is the final stage of the training.

This permits entry to the list of UK Architects held by the Architects’ Registration Board (ARB), and use of the title ‘architect’.

A chartered architect is obliged to uphold the reputation of the architectural profession and fellow professionals; to carry out work on behalf of clients honourably, independently and efficiently; and to declare any interest which might conflict with the status of an independent consultant architect. Please note that the use of the title ‘architect’ is protected actively under the Architects’ Act 1997 by ARB. If you are in any doubt whether your advisor is a chartered architect, contact the ARB membership department.

When building a new home or altering and extending an existing one, an architect can interpret your ideas creatively and manage the project professionally providing value for money and peace of mind with a satisfying end result.

Value for money
Paying for architects’ services is usually money very well spent. Their input can be invaluable in developing design solutions that cut construction bills, reduce running costs and add long term value to the property.

Freedom from worry
When you use an architect, you have someone who knows the construction industry’s working methods and standards and can guide you through the complex procedures of Planning, Building Regulations and contractual arrangements. All practising architects are required to have Professional Indemnity Insurance appropriate to the scale and type of work they undertake.

End results
Architects interpret your ideas with imagination, creating spaces that will work well for those who have to use them. It will also look and feel good.