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The Hertfordshire Association of Architects (HAA) is the local branch of the Royal Institute of British Architects in the Eastern region.

'Architect' is a legally protected title which is upheld by the Architects Registration Board. In the UK training takes 7 years before full qualification and equips an architect with the skills to cope with the complex and wide ranging facets of designing and building buildings. An architect may chose to join the RIBA in which case they are entitled to use that suffix and to refer to themselves as ‘Chartered Architect’ which requires them to comply with a code of conduct and to undertake a programme of continuing professional development. A firm of architects may also chose to apply for the status of 'Chartered Practice' under the RIBA banner which, for the potential client, adds an extra level of reassurance because of the enhanced management and performance standards which must be met.

The HAA acts as a focus for communications between the RIBA and the local membership, promotes the continuing professional development of its members, promotes good design through its advice panel for Local Authorities and its own design awards and as local agent for the national design awards, promotes architectural awareness within the local community and promotes local architects to potential clients.
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