The Architects Act 1997 - protecting consumers

Under Section 20 of the Architects Act 1997, the title ‘architect’ is protected. It can only be used in business or practice by someone who has had the education, training and experience needed to qualify as an architect, and who is registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). The Act also protects the public from dishonest individuals who deliberately mislead people by calling themselves something they’re not.

Every commission is unique. As such it is not possible to provide an accurate price for architectural services without either an intial discussion about the brief, or visiting the site to assess what is possible.


As good design is something that evolves through collaboration between architect and client, fees are based on a time charge basis with an estimate and scope of work based on the client’s brief provided at the outset.


Being a small practice with low overheads Pentargon Architecture is able to offer an affordable service at competitive rates which do not attract VAT - particularly important for the homeowner or self-builder on a tight budget.