According to Sections 36 and 37 of the Architects Act, 1972, only an Architect registered with the Council of Architecture or a firm of Architects can represent itself as an architect. The exceptions to these provisions are landscape architect and naval architect. However, there have been companies and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) with one of their objects as that of an architect that have been registered. These kinds of registrations are in violation of the provisions of the Architects Act, 1972.
With reference to the above, the Ministry of Company Affairs has directed all Regional Directors and Registrars of Companies, NOT to proceed with incorporation of companies or LLPs with objects of carrying out business of an architect until any further order regarding this matter is issued.