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Bogus architect hit for £7,000 by ARB

Astragal thinks it’s good to see the Architects’ Registration Board (ARB) rushing to protect the good name of its old pal the RIBA

Last week the ever vigilant board managed to secure a conviction – and an order to cough up £7,000 (a £1,000 fine and £5,954 in costs) - against east London-based Colin Blanchard who was passing himself off as an architect by using the RIBA initials. He had denied the charge but was eventually found guilty of illegally calling himself an architect by Stratford Magistrates.

In fact the naughty Mr Blanchard had been using the RIBA suffix on documents submitted to Haringey and Camden Councils - even though he had been erased from the register in 1996. What’s more, not only was he misleading the public about his status but (and this is the killer according to an ARB statement), he wasn’t even a member of the RIBA. And that’s twice as naughty.  

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  • so in 13 years he managed to avoid about 6 grand's worth of fees to both bodies. £1000 fine is hardly a big incentive not to do it again, if he'd managed to hold out for a few more years, maybe he could have broken even.

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