18. Offences and Penalties

A person who contravenes a provision of this Act, commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding two hundred and fifty penalty units or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding one year or both the fine and the imprisonment.

19. Improper Use of Terms Implying Registration
  1.  Subject to section 17 and to subsection (2) of this section and to section 18, a person commits an offence, who being a person carrying on business in the Republic and not being an architect registered under this Act, uses or causes or permits to be used in connection with the name under which that person carries on business the word “architect”, “architecture”, or “architectural” or any words, initials, or abbreviation of words intended to cause or which may reasonably cause any other person to believe that the person using the name is an architect.
  2.  Subsection (1) does not apply to the use of the term “naval architect” or the term “landscape architect” by a person in connection with the profession or calling so described.
20. Personal Representative of Deceased Architect
  1.  Despite a provision of this Act, on the death of an architect who was at the time of death actually carrying on practice as an architect, the personal representative, with a view to the disposal of goodwill, may continue the practice under the management of a registered architect for not more than five years from the date of death.
  2.  The personal representative shall keep the Board informed of the registered architect who is managing the practice.
  3.  The Council shall keep a register of the practices of deceased architects in which shall be recorded the names of the managers of those practices.
21. Annual Practising Certificates
  1.  A registered architect is not entitled to practise as an architect unless that registered architect is the holder of an annual practising certificate which is in force.
  2.  A practising certificate shall be issued by the Council on an application to it by a registered architect and on payment of the prescribed annual fee.
  3.  A certificate to practise is valid until the 31st day of December of the year of issue, and may be renewed on payment of the prescribed annual subscription.
  4.  Where, during the currency of a certificate, the holder ceases to be registered under this Act or the registration is suspended, the certificate shall cease to be valid.
  5.  A person who practises or undertakes to practise in breach of this section, commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding twenty penalty units for every day during which the offence continues.
22. Regulations

The Minister may, by legislative instrument, on the recommendations of the Board, make Regulations for, or in respect of, a matter relating to or connected with the functions of the Council under this Act, or the proper performance of its functions.

23. Amendment of Schedules

The Minister may, on the recommendation of the Board by legislative instrument, amend the Schedules.

24. Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires, “Board” means the governing body of the Council; “chairman” means the chairman of the Board; “Council” means the Architects Registration Council established under section 1; “functions” includes power and duties; “Institute” means the Ghana Institute of Architects; “member” means a member of the Board; “Minister” means the Minister responsible for Works; “professional misconduct” means an act or omission which is specified in the Second Schedule; “register” means the register of architects kept in accordance with section 12; “secretary” means the secretary of the Council.

25. Commencement

This Act shall come into force on a day to be appointed by legislative instrument made by the Minister responsible for Works and Housing.