Consultation on amendments to Architects Act 1997


The UK Government is seeking views on proposals to strengthen the regulation system for UK registered architects and improve competence of the profession. The resultant changes will affect architects practicing across the UK and will result in changes to the regulatory practice of the Architects Registration Board (ARB). Views are sought from architects (UK and internationally qualified), schools and students of architecture, practices and the wider construction and built environment sector.

This consultation considers amendments to the Architects Act 1997 to promote and maintain standards of competence amongst architects registered in the UK in relation to Building Safety. It builds on provisions in the draft Building Safety Bill, which takes forward the government’s commitment to reform of the Building Safety system. The consultation will also seek views on a new system for the recognition of international architecture qualifications.

This consultation follows the draft Building Safety Bill, which takes forward the government’s commitment to fundamental reform of the building safety system. The Bill, which details how the government intends to deliver the principles and recommendations of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, includes provisions to improve the monitoring and maintenance of competence of architects through amendments to the Architects Act 1997.

In conjunction with this, as the UK has now formally left the European Union the government has the opportunity to review and amend its regulatory systems in relation to the recognition of international qualifications for the purposes of registration as an architect.

This consultation closes on 22 January 2021 and you can read more about it here