Service providers that use the terms ‘architectural designer' or general ‘architectural service' is not clearly defined by law and therefore minimises the protection you have. The use of the title Architect is considered a quality mark for the standard of service, care and persons qualification to do the things that architects do. It is protected by law and may only be used by registered persons, the register for which is overseen by the Architects Registration Board (arb). A professional Architect will be expected to:- Hold appropriate degree level qualifications and be registered with ARB, hold an appropriate level of Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) cover and maintains CPD (Continuing Professional Development) training.