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Architect accused of serious professional incompetence over extension complaints

A London architect has been hauled in front of the ARB's professional conduct committee after she was accused of 'excluding' clients from decisions and making 'design errors'.

Senka Vranicki of Studio Vranicki denied allegations of unacceptable professional conduct and serious professional incompetence after complaints about a domestic extension in West Hampstead.

At last Friday's (18 February) hearing it was alleged that she failed to 'clearly define' the scope of the works and excluded the clients, Scott Sartain and Eleanor Flook, from important decisions.

The pair first complained when they discovered that the extension to the property at Maygrove Road leaked. Unhappy with the replies to their letters, they called in solicitors.

It was claimed Vranicki had committed 'a series of errors or poor administration of the project', particularly in relation to a party wall, contractual arrangements and contract administration.

Peter Cadman, solicitor to the ARB, told its professional conduct committee: '[Vranicki] individually and collectively demonstrated serious professional incompetence.' It was also alleged that Vranicki had not complied with rules over her appointment and had failed to provide the clients with a copy of the RIBA Standard Terms. In addition, Vranicki faces allegations of serious professional incompetence arising from 'design errors' identified in an expert report.

However, the committee dismissed allegations that Vranicki had shown the couple a portfolio of work containing someone else's projects.

The hearing has been adjourned until May.

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