The Code is your guide to the standards you can expect when working with your architect. The Code is set out in the Regulations associated with the Architects Act. Importantly, the Code encourages architects and their clients to start on the same page sooner - with a shared understanding of the nature, extent and cost of services and the obligations of each party.
Important features of the NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct are that architects should:
- act fairly and ethically at all times
- have a written architect-client agreement for all work undertaken
- have adequate professional indemnity cover
- keep their professional practice up to date through participation in continuing professional development activities
- disclose any conflicts of interest
- include their registration number on all business stationery and agreements.
The NSW Architects Registration Board will have regard to the Code when investigating complaints against architects. Think of it as the yardstick for conduct and competence.
An architect engaged to provide an architectural service to a client should provide the client with a copy of the Code, or a link to the Code, before commencing the provision of services, or as soon as reasonably practicable after commencing.