How we regulate

Our primary purpose is to deliver the Architects Act 1997. In accordance with the provisions of the Act, we maintain a statutory Register of Architects. We work to protect the title ‘architect’ and to ensure that architects are competent and behave with integrity. We set and maintain standards for entry to the Register of Architects, as well as the standards of conduct and practice which are expected of architects.


ARB was established by the Architects Act 1997; our role is to regulate the architects’ profession in the UK. We are an independent, public interest body and our work in regulating architects ensures that good standards within the profession are consistently maintained for the benefit of the public and architects alike.


The Board has identified two key principles which are central to its remit as set out by the Architects Act 1997; these are to protect the users and potential users of architects’ services and support architects through regulation. These underpin our priorities and the detailed business plan which are agreed by the Board on an annual basis.


This section provides information regarding how we delivered on the objectives set in the 2015 business plan.

Facts & figures

This section provides you with a snapshot of our work during 2015, it includes facts and figures covering all key areas of our work including registration, prescribing qualifications and professional standards.

Reports & statements 2015

The Board is pleased to present the Annual Report and Financial Statements of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for 2015. ARBs principal activities during the year are shown below, and reflect the requirements of the Architects Act 1997.