Client note: What are an architect's moral rights?

A new Moral Rights Amendment to the Copyright Act protects the moral rights of artists, including architects. It is designed to protect their reputation, and the integrity of their work.

An architect has the right to be attributed as the designer of a project when it is constructed, and when the work is publicised or represented in print. They also have the right to be informed if their project is to be altered or demolished. Any alteration or demolition of a structure may, therefore, amount to derogatory conduct. If derogatory conduct is established the architect can require that their name no longer be associated with the project. This can significantly affect the value of a project designed by a well-known architect.

The Act does allow architects to consent to acts that infringe their moral rights.