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Rules are quite clear on RIBA name use rights

The self-satisfied pronouncement by David Lusty (Letters, AJ 29.4.04) should fool no one.

He does not appear to be a member of the RIBA, retired or otherwise. Having represented himself as an architect to his client, Mill Hill Properties, he pleaded guilty to three separate charges.

He was sentenced to 12-month conditional discharge with convictions on all three matters to run concurrently, and ordered to pay £200 towards costs.

The Architects Act 1997 only applies to those in practice or business. As published on numerous occasions and explained on both the RIBA and ARB websites, genuinely retired RIBA members can call themselves architects and use their affix without fear of prosecution.

It is difficult to understand why anyone would want to seek advice on the subject from this man.

Maurice McCarthy, Hertfordshire

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