ARBV Architect Guidelines

We use guidelines to provide architects guidance on professional conduct and practise. Guidelines also help consumers understand what the ARBV expects of architects. Guidelines are reviewed regularly.

Classes of registration

Architects are registered in one of 2 classes of registration:

  1. Practising
  2. Non-Practising

When registering for the first time, an architect must be registered in the Practising class. An architect is eligible to be registered in the Non-Practising class if they are already registered and they do ‘not intend to carry out work as an architect’.

ARBV Guideline - Classes of registration
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Client-architect agreements

Written agreements between architects and clients must be entered into prior to the provision of architectural services. These agreements are commonly called a ‘client-architect agreement’ (CAA) and they must contain specific information.

ARBV Guideline - Client-architect agreements
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Conflicts of interest

Architects have obligations to disclose any conflict of interest (COI) between themselves and current/former clients.

ARBV Guideline - Conflicts of interest
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Continuing professional development

The Victorian Architects Code of Professional Conduct requires architects to maintain suitable skills and knowledge. The ARBV refers to this as a requirement for ‘continuing professional development’ or ‘CPD’.

The requirement applies to architects registered in the practising class (architects (practising)).

ARBV Guideline - Continuing professional development
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Informing and agreeing on client access to project material

Both the architect and client are protected if they have an agreement that covers the client's access to:

  • project documents
  • files
  • data.
ARBV Guideline - Informing and agreeing on client access to project material
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Obligation to inform client

Architects have obligations to keep clients informed, with reasonable promptness and with accurate and unambiguous information.

ARBV Guideline - Obligation to inform client
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Professional fees and costs

Regular statements of account (commonly called ‘invoices’) must be provided by architects to clients unless the client expressly agrees otherwise, and fees and costs must not exceed the structure defined in the client-architect agreement (CAA).

ARBV Guideline - Professional fees and costs
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Professional Indemnity Insurance

Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) covers an architect against any claim made during the period of insurance for alleged negligence or breach of duty arising from an act, error or omission relating to an architect’s professional services.

ARBV Guideline - Professional Indemnity Insurance
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Supervision of unregistered employees

Companies and partnerships approved under the Act which provide architectural services must ensure that a director or partner is responsible for the work and that it is carried out under the supervision of an architect.

ARBV Guideline - Supervision of unregistered employees
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