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Architects finally win victory over Yellow Pages listings

The publisher of the Yellow Pages has finally agreed to a deal that should bring to an end one of the architecture profession's longest-standing complaints.

Bosses of the directory have succumbed to demands that they should publish a 'health warning' next to its listings for architects.

This posting will warn members of the public that it is unlawful for anyone to use the title architect unless they are registered with the ARB.

The news will be welcomed by the vast majority of architects, many of whom have long complained of the Yellow Pages' complicity in the illegal use of the title architect.

However, the deal fails to go as far as some have previously demanded. Former presidential candidate Chris Roche has called on the Yellow Pagesitself to guarantee that all the 'architects' featured in the directory are officially registered.

The ARB also claims to be in talks with a number of other directory publishers to make them carry the same warning.

by Ed Dorrell

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