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Designer facing ruin after ARB misuse of title fines

A designer fined for misuse of the title 'architect' has claimed his practice could be ruined by the penalty and is appealing against the decision.

James Martin, a solo practitioner from Brighton, was told to pay a total of £2,780 following the prosecution brought by the Architects Registration Board last month. Martin pleaded guilty at Brighton & Hove Magistrates Court to two counts of misuse of the title. He was fined £1,000 for each count with an additional £780 costs.

Martin told the AJ that he was fully qualified in architecture but had failed to pay his ARB registration fee due to an oversight.

He said his registration had run out three years ago and he was 'deeply embarrassed'. However, he said: 'Bodies like ARB should support architects, not give them a fairly stiff financial caning.'

Chief executive and registrar of the ARB Robin Vaughan said each successful prosecution was 'a clear demonstration of ARB's resolve to deal firmly with unlawful use of the title architect'.

The two counts of misuse centered on two lots of work for the renovation of a language school, in August and October 2000. Martin has reapplied for ARB registration and is appealing against the fines to the county court in Lewes.

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