A person can complain about an architect’s conduct if the architect does not exhibit fairness and impartiality in a work assigned, or is caught taking commission or any such inducements, or any other forms of professional misconduct. You can complain to the Council of Architecture.
Council of Architecture
The Council of Architecture is a statutory body constituted by the Government of India under the provisions of the Architects Act, 1972, enacted by the Parliament of India. The Council of Architecture is charged with the responsibility to regulate the education and practice of professional architects throughout India, besides maintaining the register of architects. Further, it oversees architectural standards periodically by way of conducting inspections through Committees of Experts.
Process of complaint and penalties against an architect
Any violation of the duties of an architect will be considered as professional misconduct and will attract disciplinary action. Additionally, the Council can take any of the three actions listed below after an inquiry:
- Reprimand the said architect
- Suspend their practice as an architect
- Remove their name from the register of architects1
You can find a format of a complaint here. A committee constituted by the Central Government looks into all complaints against architects and inquiries relating to misconduct of architects. 2
Further, in case you come across any unregistered person who is impersonating someone, posing, misrepresenting or misusing the title of ‘Architect’, you can file a complaint against such person(s) along with relevant supporting documents online at the Complaint form available on the Council’s website.