The title ‘architect’ is protected in Ireland under Section 18 (1) of the Building Control Act 2007:
18.—(1) Subject to subsections (3) and (4), a person who -
(a) not being registered under this Part, uses the title “architect”, either alone or in combination with any other words or letters, or name, title or description, implying that the person is so registered
(b) with intent to deceive, makes use of a certificate issued under this Part to such person or any other person
(c) makes or causes to be made, any false declaration or misrepresentation for the purpose of obtaining registration under this Part, or aids or abets such action,
(d) practises or carries on business under any name, style or title containing the word “architect”, unless he or she is registered under this Part,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding €5,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or both.
The RIAI is the body responsible for prosecuting cases of misuse of the title architect. The table below sets out details of prosecutions of unregistered individuals using the title architect.
Where a person is subsequently registered the Table of Prosecutions entry shall be removed as there is no longer a consumer protection imperative to publish. In addition, where a conviction is ‘spent’ in accordance with the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016 the Table of Prosecutions entry shall be removed.
Table of Prosecutions:
From 1 December 2015 any person or business applying to the Registrar of Companies to register a company name or business name containing the term "architect" or any grammatical form thereof will require a certificate from the RIAI stating that business or company has been deemed eligible to use the term architect, or grammatical forms thereof, in their business or company name. The checking process is carried out in accordance with the RIAI’s Rules for business and company names established under section 18(6) of the Building Control Act 2007.
Link to application form
Link to rules extract