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Titles for non-licensed individuals in Architecture

In December 2016, the AIA approved a policy statement that supports the title of “Architectural Associate” or “Design Professional” for licensure candidates meeting certain pre-licensure criteria. Use of these titles for non-licensed individuals is not permissible in New York. NYS Education Law Section 7302 limits use of the title “architect” to those who are licensed or otherwise authorized in New York as architects. The term “Architectural Associate” suggests that an individual is an architect through its use of the adjective “Architectural” and the implication that professional services are offered. Use of derivatives or combined terms of the word “architect”, as in “Architectural Designer” and “Project Architect” are similarly misleading to the public and not permissible in New York.

The second title, “Design Professional” is defined in the New York State Business Corporation Law as someone who is licensed in New York as an architect, landscape architect, professional engineer, land surveyor, or geologist and who may be the licensee shareholder of a design professional service corporation (DPC). As such, the conveyance of that title upon a non-licensee is not permitted.

An architect licensed and registered in New York provides services related to the design and construction of buildings and the spaces around them, where the safeguarding of life, health, property, and public welfare is concerned. These design and construction services typically include the following:A professional architect working.

  • consultation
  • evaluation
  • planning
  • preliminary studies
  • designs
  • construction documents and management
  • administration of construction contracts

You might retain an architect to:

  • evaluate a house's structural integrity and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.
  • design a new home or to design an addition to an existing home.
  • design the water and sewerage systems, storm drainage facility, and/or layout for a housing development or other tract of land.
  • assist in the development of a property.

Architects design all types of buildings - the actual structure, the interiors, and the land around them.

Read more about this profession.

Last Updated: March 23, 2020