Architects get protective over their job title


Architects get protective over their job title

Cliff Saran

Cliff Saran

The use of the word architect to describe IT professionals specialising in putting systems together is causing a stir in the building architect community.

The Architect Registration Board (ARB) has said it has received a number of complaints from registered architects over use of the word "architect" in IT-related job vacancies.

Alan Peacock, regulation executive at the ARB, said, "The title architect is protected under the Architect's Act 1997 and technically using it [in IT job vacancies] is in breach of the Act."

Peacock said that, outside the construction industry, "architect" could be used as a job title in only three instances - to refer to a naval, landscape or golf-course architect.

Peacock said architects had complained that searches on the Internet return IT architect vacancies.

The www.Monster.Com website has confirmed it has received numerous e-mails from architects informing it that "architect" cannot be used for jobs outside the construction industry.

Paul Taylor, a partner at IT law firm Orchard representing TMP, said, "Technically, ARB is correct." But he plans to speak to IT specialists in preparation for a possible landmark case to save the job title of the IT architect.

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