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.