What's your title?
Wisconsin Statutes prohibit a person who is not licensed as an architect from not only practicing or offering to practice architecture, but also from using any title or description tending to convey the impression to the public that they are an architect. Section 443.02(3) states that: "No person may . . . use in connection with the person's name or otherwise assume, use or advertise any title or description tending to convey the impression that he or she is an architect . . . unless the person has been duly registered." This consistently has been interpreted to prohibit an unlicensed individual from holding themselves out as a “residential architect,” “interior architect” or “architectural designer” . . . or using similar titles that include “architect” or derivative terms such as “architectural.”
There are certain titles allowed by the State of Wisconsin . . . "Intern Architect" is not one of them.
“Architectural Intern” Title
The appropriate term to describe individuals working to gain qualifying experience to become an architect has generated a great deal of attention. NCARB announced an initiative to sunset the use of term “intern” and propose changes to its model guidelines for licensing boards. However, in Wisconsin, according to current state administrative rule A-E 3.03(5), individuals acquiring supervised experience in architectural work to become licensed as an architect in Wisconsin may use the title "architectural intern." Firms are encouraged to make sure that titles used on business cards and in other marketing materials comply with state statutes and related administrative rules. Only registered architects may use the title "architect." Titles for individuals pursuing licensure other than "architectural intern" that include "architect" or "architectural," such as "intern architect," "architectural designer," “architectural associate” or "architectural technician," are not allowed by state law.