The Board protects the interest of consumers by:

1. Investigating complaints against architect

The Board can investigate complaints and discipline architects if they have acted unprofessionally or breached the Act

2. Restricting the use of title Architect, architectural and derivatives to appropriately qualified persons

The  Architects Act 1929 protects the public by ensuring that only practitioners registered by the Board may describe themselves as architects in Tasmania.  A person who is not registered as an architect in accordance with the Act commits an offence if he or she takes or uses the title “architect” or any other word or combination of letters that sounds or looks like the word “architect” to describe himself or herself.

For full details of the prohibited practices please refer to Section 19 of the Architects Act.

Guidelines on Use of Terms

Provided they are not used in combination with other words or combinations of letters in a way that indicates or may indicate to the public that the person taking or using them is registered or entitled or qualified to be registered as an architect the following are examples of titles or descriptions that MAY   be used by a person who is not registered as an architect in accordance with the Act:

Bachelor of Architecture (or the appropriate post nominal), if graduated from University in the course

Master of Architecture (or the appropriate post nominal), if graduated from University in the course

Architectural Designer – if holds a qualification as Architectural Designer

Architectural Draftsman – if holds a qualification as Architectural Draftsman

Building Designer

Building Designer – Architectural Limited, if accredited under Building Act in this category

Building Designer – Architectural Restricted, if accredited under Building Act in this category

Building Designer – Architectural Domestic, if accredited under Building Act in this category

Examples of titles and descriptions that should NOT be used by persons who are not registered as architects in accordance with the Act include:

“Architect”

Any other word or combination of letters that sounds or looks like the word “architect”.

Any derivative of that term such as “architecture” or “architectural” if used in a way that indicates or may indicate to the public that a person in respect of whom it is used is registered or entitled or qualified to be registered as an architect if that person is not so registered or qualified

“Graduate Architect” or “Architectural Graduate”