Sections Particulars
Chapter I Preliminary
1 Short title, extent and commencement
.- (1) this Act may be called the Architects Act, 1972.(2) it extends to the whole of India.(3) It shall come into force on such date as the Central Governme...
2 Definitions
In this, Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-(a) "architect" means a person whose name is for the time being entered in the register;(b) "Council" me...
Chapter II Council Of Architecture
3 Constitution of Council of Architecture
.- (1) The Central Government shall, by notification in the Official Gazette, constitute, with effect from such date as may be specified in the notificat...
4 President and Vice-President of Council
(1) The President and the Vice-President of the Council shall be elected by the members of the Council from among themselves :that on the first constitution o...
5 Mode of elections
(1) Elections under this Chapter shall be conducted in such manner as may be prescribed by rules.(2) Where any dispute arises regarding any such election, th...
6 Terms of office and casual vacancies
(1) Subject to the provision s of this section, an elected or nominated member shall hold officer for a term of three years from the date of his election or ...
7 Validity of act or proceeding of Council, Executive Committee or other committees not to be invalidated by reason of vacancy, etc
No act or proceeding of the Council or the Executive Committee or any other committee shall be invalid merely by reason of-(a) any vacancy in, or defect in t...
8 Disabilities
A person shall not be eligible for election or nomination as a member of the Council, if he-(a) is an undischarged insolvent; or(b) has been convicted by a co...
9 Meetings of Council
(1) The Council shall meet at least once in every six months at such time and place and shall observe such rules of procedure in regard to the transaction of...
10 Executive Committee and other committees
(1) The Council shall constitute from among its members an Executive Committee, and may also constitute other committees for such general or special purposes...
11 Fees and allowances to President, Vice President and members
The President, the Vice-President and other members of the Council shall be entitled to such fees and allowances as the Council may, with the previous sancti...
12 Officers and other employees
(1) The Council shall-(a) appoint a Registrar who shall act as its Secretary and who may also act, if so decided by the Council, as its treasurer;(b) appoint...
13 Finances of Council
(1) There shall be established a Fund under the management and control of the Council in to which shall be paid all moneys received by the Council and out of...
14 Recognition qualifications granted by authorities in India
(1) The qualifications included in the Schedule or notified under section 15 shall be recognized qualifications for the purposes of this Act.(2) Any authorit...
15 Recognition of architectural qualifications granted by authorities in foreign countries
(1) The Central Government may, after consultation with the Council, direct, by notification in the Official Gazette, that an architectural qualification gra...
16 Power of Central Government to amend Schedule
Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (2) of section 14, the Central Government, after consultation with the Council, may, by notification in the...
17 Effect of recognition
Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law, but subject to the provisions of this Act, any recognized qualification shall be a sufficient qualificat...
18 Power require information as to courses of study and examinations
Every authority in India which grants a recognized qualification shall furnish such information as the Council may, from time to time, require as to the cour...
19 Inspections of examinations
(1) The Executive Committee shall, subject to regulations, if any, made by the Council, appoint such number of inspectors as it may deem requisite to inspect...
20 Withdrawal of recognition
(1) When upon report by the Executive Committee it appears to the Council-(a) that the courses of study and examination to be undergone in, or the proficienc...
21 Minimum standard of architectural education
The Council may prescribe the minimum standards of architectural education required for granting recognized qualifications by colleges or institutions in Ind...
22 Professional conduct
.- (1) The Council may by regulations prescribe standards of professional conduct and etiquette and a code of ethics for architects.(2) Regulations made by th...
Chapter III Registration Of Architects
23 Preparation and maintenance of register
REGISTRATION OF ARCHITECTS (1) The Central Government shall, as soon as may be, cause to be prepared in the manner hereinafter provided a register of architec...
24 First preparation of register
(1) For the purposes of preparing the register of architects for the first time, the Central Government shall, by notification in the Official Gazette, const...
25 Qualification for entry in register
A person shall be entitled on payment of such fee as may be prescribed by rules to have his name entered in the register, if he resides or carries on the pro...
26 Procedure for subsequent registration
(1) After the date appointed for the receipt of applications for registration in the first register of architects, all applications of registration shall be ...
27 Renewal fees
(1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, direct that for the retention of a name in the register after the 31st day of Decemb...
28 Entry of additional qualification
An architect shall, on payment of such fee as may be prescribed by rules, be entitled to have entered in the register any further recognized qualification wh...
29 Removal from register
.- (1) The Council may, by order, removing from the register the name of any architect-(a) from whom a request has been received to that effect, or(b)who has ...
30 Procedure in inquiries relating to misconduct
(1) When on receipt of a complain made to it, the Council is of opinion that any architect has been guilty of professional misconduct which, if proved, will ...
31 Surrender of certificates
A person whose name has been removed form the register under sub-section (2) of section 27, sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) of section 29 of sub-section (...
32 Restoration to register
.- The Council may, at nay time, for reasons appearing to it to be sufficient and subject to the approval of the Central Government, order that upon payment o...
33 Issue of duplicate certificates
Where it is shown to the satisfaction of the Registrar that a certificate of registration has been lost or destroyed, the Registrar may, on payment of such f...
34 Printing of register
As soon as may be after the 1st day of April in each year, the Registrar shall cause to be printed copies of the register as it stood on the said date and su...
35 Effect of registration
(1) Any reference in any law for the time being in force to an architect shall be deemed to be a reference to an architect registered under this Act.(2) Afte...
Chapter IV Miscellaneous
36 Penalty for falsely claiming to be registered
MISCELLANEOUS If any person whose name is not for the time being entered in the register falsely represents that it so entered, or uses in connection with h...
37 Prohibition against use of title
(1) After the expiry of one year from the date appointed under sub-section (2) of section 24, no person other than a registered architect, or a firm of archi...
38 Failure to surrender certificate of registration
If any person whose name has been removed from the register fails without sufficient cause forthwith to surrender his certificate of registration, he shall b...
39 Cognizance of offences
(1) No Court shall take cognizance of any offence punishable under this Act, except upon complaint made by order of the Council or a person authorized in thi...
40 Information to furnished by Council and publication thereof
(1) The Council shall furnish such reports, copies of its minutes, and other information to the Central Government as that Government may require.(2) The Cen...
41 Protection of action taken in good faith
No suit, prosecution or other legal proceeding shall lie against the Central Government, the Council or any member of the Council, the Executive Committee or...
42 Members of Council and officers and employees to be public servants
The members of the Council and officers and other employees of the Council shall be deemed to be public servants within the meaning of section 21(45 of 1860)...
43 Power to remove difficulties
(1) If any difficulty arises in giving effect to the provisions of this Act, the Central Government may, by order published in the Official to Gazette, make ...
44 Power of Central Government to make rules
(1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules to carry out the purposes of this Act.(2) In particular and without preju...
45 Power of Council to make regulations
(1) The Council may, with the approval of the Central Government, make regulations no t inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, or the rules made there...
The Schedule
(See section 14) 1.Bachelor Degree in Architecture awarded by Indian Universities established by an Act of the Central or State Legislature.2.National Diploma...
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