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300 'illegal architects' discovered in Ireland

An audit of architects in Ireland has shown around 300 people are not officially registered

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland said the illegal traders will now be urged to legitimise their practice under the Building Control Act 2007.

Professional directories, local newspaper advertisements and other public notices were looked at by the institute and were cross-referenced against names on the official register of all 2,600 architects.

Around 200 were found to be trading illegally because they had no recognised architecture qualification. Another 100 people were qualified but had not registered, institute registrar John Graby told the Sunday Business Post newspaper.

Architects need to fork out as much as 1,200 euro to register and may be refusing to do so in light of the recession and the crisis in the building industry.

Graby said those who practise illegally under the title of architect will be sanctioned by the institute.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Have the ARB ever carried out such a survey as part of their official remit here in the UK? I don't recall one being reported.
    Could to have not done so be considered negligent? The ARB seems more interested in prosecuting 'naughty' architects than persons illegally using the title.
    It would be a long list if this County is representative of the Country.

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  • It is unfortunate that the Republic of Ireland was persuaded to fall into the "protection of title" trap which the RIBA and UK government failed to repeal in the 1990's, and, instead of following the recommendation in the Warne Report for the abolition of ARCUK, allowed themselves to be persuaded to make the position radically worse under the current regime installed under the Architects Act 1997: see here and here

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