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REGISTER OF RLA

Section 11 of LARO (Cap. 516) requires The Registrar to keep the register in which he shall enter in respect of every registered landscape architect-

 

(a) the name and address of the registered landscape architect;

(b) the qualification on which his registration is based; and

(c) any other details that the Board may direct.

 

The current register of RLA in Hong Kong is here.

 

Outside LARO, the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects (HKILA) maintains a list of “registered practices”.  Such list can be found in HKILA’s website.

 

 

USE OF TITLE

Section 29 of LARO (Cap. 516) stipulates the use of title of "landscape architect" (園境師), "registered landscape architect" (註冊園境師) or "R.L.A." in Hong Kong:

 

(1)    A person whose name does not appear on the register shall not be entitled to describe himself as "landscape architect" or "registered landscape architect" or to use the initials "R.L.A." after his name.

(2)    Subject to subsection (4), the Board may apply to a judge for an order restraining any person whose name is not on the register from describing himself as "landscape architect" or "registered landscape architect" or using the initials "R.L.A.".

(3)    A person whose name is not on the register may describe himself as a landscape architect if he describes himself by reference to a membership of any body or institute of landscape architects formed outside Hong Kong which description does not imply that he has the right to practise landscape architecture in Hong Kong under the description of landscape architect.

(4)    Subject to subsection (3), a person including a firm or company shall not use the description of "landscape architects" or "registered landscape architects" or the initials "R.L.A." unless-

(a)   at each place where the person carries on the business of landscape architecture, the business is conducted under the supervision of a registered landscape architect who does not act at the same time in a similar capacity for any other person other than for a firm or company that has substantially the same beneficial ownership and management as the person (where the person is a firm or company);

(b)   where the person carries on a multidisciplinary practice, that business, so far as it relates to landscape architecture, is under the full time control and management of a registered landscape architect who does not act at the same time in a similar capacity for any other person other than for a firm or company that has substantially the same beneficial ownership and management as the person (where the person is a firm or company).

 

LARB’s Guidelines of Use of Titles can be found here.

 

According to Section 30 of LARO, a  person has committed an offence and is liable to a fine at level 5 and to imprisonment for 1 year if he:

(g)    falsely takes or uses any name, initials, title, addition or description implying that his name is entered in the register;

(h)*   not being a registered landscape architect, knowingly permits the use of or uses in connection with his business or profession the description-

(i)     "landscape architect";

(ii)    "registered landscape architect";

(iii)   the initials "R.L.A."; or

(iv)   any initials or abbreviations or words intended to cause, or which may reasonably cause, any person to believe that the person using the initials or abbreviations is on the register;

(i)    not being on the register, advertises or represents himself as a registered landscape architect or knowingly permits himself to be so advertised or represented;

 

(*Notes: This shall not apply in relation to the use by any member of any body or institute of landscape architects formed outside Hong Kong who is not a registered landscape architect, of any description or initials which he is entitled to use under the constitution of that body or institute if by such use he does not represent that his name is entered on the register.)

 

08/2014 Webpage by Lai Sai Hong

HONG KONG LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS REGISTRATION BOARD香港園境師註冊管理局