Any person desirous of practising as an ‘Architect’ in India is required to be registered in the Register, with the Council of Architecture (coa).
WHAT IS THE REGISTER OF ARCHITECTS?
The Central Government provides a Register of Architects in India. The Council of Architecture prepares and maintains the Register in accordance with the provisions of the Architect’s Act. The Register includes the following particulars:
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR GETTING REGISTERED WITH THE COUNCIL OF ARCHITECTURE?
An application for registration is addressed to the Registrar of the Council. The application along with the prescribed fee and the necessary documents should be submitted personally at the office of the Council or sent by post to “The Registrar, Council of Architecture, India Habitat Centre, Core 6-AFirst floor, Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110 003.” The documents to be submitted for Registration include:
If the Registrar is of the opinion that the applicant is entitled to be registered, then he shall enter the name of the applicant in the Register and issue a Certificate of Registration.
Any person whose application for registration is rejected by the Registrar, can within three months of the date of rejection, appeal to the Council.
CAN AN ARCHITECT HAVE AN ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION ENTERED IN THE REGISTER OF ARCHITECTS?
An Architect can have any additional recognized qualification, entered in the Register, on payment of additional qualification fee of Rs.100/- (per qualification) provided such a qualification is obtained subsequent to registration as an Architect. Only Architectural Qualifications included in the schedule of qualifications appended to the Architects Act, 1972, can be entered on the certificate of registration.
HOW AND WHEN IS THE REGISTRATION WITH THE COA RENEWED?
A renewal fee of Rs 500/- for the Current year, should be paid annually to the Council before the first day of April, of the year to which it relates. An application for renewal along with the prescribed fee and the necessary documents should be submitted personally at the office of the Council or sent by post to “The Registrar, Council of Architecture, India Habitat Centre, Core 6-AFirst floor, Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110 003.”The documents to be submitted for renewal of Registration include:
On payment of the renewal fee, the Registrar shall, in such manner as may be prescribed by rules, endorse the certificate of registration accordingly and return it along with the original architectural qualification certificate. In case the renewal fee is not paid before the due date, the Registrar removes the name of the defaulter from the Register.
WHY IS AN ARCHITECT’S NAME REMOVED FROM THE REGISTER OF THE COUNCIL OF ARCHITECTURE?
The Council can remove from the Register the name of any Architect, where it is satisfied, after giving him reasonable opportunity of being heard and after such further inquiry has been made, for the following reasons:
A person whose name has been removed from the Register or where such person is dead, his legal representative should surrender his Certificate of Registration to the Registrar, and the name so removed will be published in the Official Gazette.
If any person whose name has been removed from the Register fails to surrender his Certificate of Registration, he shall be punishable with fine of one hundred rupees, and, in case of continued failure, with an additional fine of ten rupees for each day thereafter.
HOW IS AN ARCHITECT’S NAME RESTORED TO THE REGISTER OF THE COA?
The Council may, for reasons appearing to it to be sufficient and subject to the approval of the Central Government, order that the name of the person removed from the Register can be restored upon payment of a prescribed fee. Restoration Fee of Rs.1000/- shall be payable w.e.f. 1st April of the year.
HOW CAN AN ARCHITECT GET A DUPLICATE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION IN CASE THE ORIGINAL IS LOST OR DESTROYED?
If the Registrar is satisfied that a Certificate of Registration has been lost or destroyed, the Registrar will issue a duplicate Certificate of Registration, upon payment of a prescribed fee.
WHEN IS THE REGISTER PRINTED?
After the first day of April every year, the Registrar prints copies of the Register, which are then available to persons applying for a copy, on payment of the prescribed fee.
This post was about the procedure for Registration for an Architect in India. An Architect is required to maintain a high professional standard and conduct himself in a manner which is not derogatory to his profession. Otherwise, his name is likely to be removed from the COA Register. To understand more about the professional conduct expected of Architects, go to:
For more information about the Council of Architecture (COA) guidelines, go to: