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ARB takes relaxed attitude to practice name styles . . .

The arb has said it is happy for architectural practices to continue using the names of dead or retired partners in their titles, and does not consider this misrepresentation. 'We see no problem,' said registrar Andrew Finch.

The riba has produced detailed guidance on styles of name that will be considered appropriate. For instance, it has warned that sole practitioners could be guilty of misrepresentation if they style themselves 'and partners' or 'and associates'. A riba spokesman said that it was merely giving advice to members on the way that the arb was likely to react. But Finch said, 'An individual can call themselves F Bloggs and Co if they so wish. Our concern is just with the word architect.'

He added that he would not be concerned about a practice describing itself as 'architects' even when not all the partners were registered. 'Anybody can call themselves architects,' he said, 'provided that the work related to architecture is carried out under the direction of a registered person.'

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