PROFESSIONALISM OF THE ARB CALLED INTO QUESTION
The ARB's Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) chair Peter Verdin, after sanctioning Yolande Fothergill for failing 'to treat the board with sufficient respect', describes the ARB as a professional body. He would do well to respect the ARB's own notes, seen on its website: 'The [ARB] logo must not be used in such a way as to mislead members of the public or others into thinking that the logo signifies membership of a professional body. The ARB is not a professional body.' Indeed, the ARB is a registration body - it has registrants not members - and by extension of the ARB's point here, architects should not use the letters 'ARB' as an affix.
Last year, again according to the ARB's website, the PCC sanctioned a total of six architects - four cases stemming from registrants failing to tick the Professional Indemnity Insurance box. This leaves only two substantive cases that our registration body had to deal with, at a cost of £2.3 million to the profession.
Mr Verdin might also bear in mind that, in our free society, respect has to be earned and cannot be demanded, even by a quango.
Jack Pringle, president, RIBA