Difference between an architect and an architectural designer

Who is an Architect

Architect designs and plans your home. An Architect is a professional that has gone through a five-year university degree with rigorous professional assessment. This means he or she has a thorough grounding in the art and science of building design. It also means he or she can register as an Architect, and therefore use the title of Architect, which architectural designers cannot.

An Architect is a member of NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Board) professionals and has the full title of an Architect.  A prerequisite of registration is a degree in architecture, three years’ work experience, and a rigorous registration assessment. Architects are required to re-register with the NCARB every five years. By choosing an Architect, you can be sure that you will be working with someone who has many years of education and experience behind them

Who is an Architectural Designer

Like an Architect, an architectural designer may manage a project from starting to finish. An architectural designer is a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) who will most likely have some tertiary qualification relating to design and building, if not an architecture degree, but they have not passed the requirements of the NCARB professional body.

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