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ARB probe architect forced to give up work

An architect dragged before the ARB's professional conduct committee has been forced to give up her practice, even though she has not yet been found guilty of any offence.

Because of ongoing disciplinary proceedings, Senka Vranicki, of Studio Vranicki in Belsize Park, London, has been unable to buy insurance and has stopped work.

At last week's hearing, Vranicki was told she would now have to wait to hear the outcome of the case, which revolves around a leaking glass roof extension in West Hampstead.

Vranicki is still denying a number of offences, including charges of having made 'a series of errors of poor administration of the project' and 'design errors' (AJ 24.2.05).

However, the architect has already been cleared of a charge of showing clients a portfolio of work that did not include her own, and of failing to keep two clients, Scott Sartain and Eleanor Flook, informed of the progress of their project.

Following further evidence last week, allegations of making inappropriate requests for payment of her fees were also withdrawn.

At the conclusion of the hearing, the committee announced it would give its final decision on the remaining charges in writing at a future date.

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