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Architects Registration Board (ARB)


What is the ARB?


The Architects Registration Board (ARB) functions as an independent body regulating architects using the Architects Act (1997) to monitor the work and handlings of architects.


The ARB not only registers architects to monitor and guide their work but ensures those registered are the only qualified persons to pursue architectural work. Their main roles include:


  • Registering architects
  • Having awareness of the qualifications required to qualify someone as an architect
  • Endorsing and imposing our standards for conduct and practice on those architects
  • Investigating complaints made against architects


As an independent body, they are overseen by a board, made up of seven architects and eight lay persons, all of whom are appointed by the Privy Council.


What can the ARB do if there is an allegation of wrong-doing?


As part of their investigation into complaints, they will begin by accepting the complaint, by ensuring that there is a case to answer. This will lead to categorising the case as either unacceptable professional conduct or serious professional incompetence, which will inform the proceedings. If either prove to be ‘serious lapses’ then this should result in disciplinary action where sanctions may be imposed. This is decided by the Professional Conduct Committee.


Sanctions include:


  • Receiving a reprimand - having a formal expression of disapproval issued
  • Receiving a penalty order (up to the amount of £2500 per offence)
  • Being issued a suspension from the register for up to 2 years
  • Being issued an erasure order – this removes the name of the architect from the register


How can Duncan Lewis help me if the ARB brings proceedings against me?


Duncan Lewis Regulatory Fitness to Practice solicitors understand that being put under investigation can be daunting. We have extensive experience in regulatory law, ensuring we can give the most up-to-date professional regulatory advice relating to the ARB.


If you have any professional regulatory queries concerning your registration with the Architects Registration Board, or you wish to appeal the decision made by the Professional Conduct Committee, contact Duncan Lewis Regulatory Fitness to practice solicitors on 0333 772 0409.


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