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Architect struck off after causing distress to friend's family

The Architects’ Registration Board (ARB) has ‘erased’ London-based Olatunji Olagunju from the register after finding him guilty of professional misconduct

Olagunji was brought before the ARB’s professional conduct committee after a contract to design and manage an extension to a friend’s house – in which Olagunji was also appointed as contractor – went badly wrong.

Describing it as an ‘extremely serious’ case, the committee said Olagunji had kept his client’s money in his personal account, failed to ‘carry out his work faithfully and conscientiously’ and mismanaged a dispute that arose between himself and the client.

He had also failed to make clear that his architectural service was distinct from his contracting work and that he had not provided his clients with adequate Terms of Engagement.

Despite giving Olagunji six months to clean up his act and go on various CPD courses – he was originally found guilty back in March – the board felt he had still not gained ‘sufficient understanding of the management of practice’.

Olagunji will now have to remove all mention of the word architect from his website (click here to view).

Full list of charges

The charge is that the architect is guilty of unacceptable professional conduct in respect of one or more of the following:-

1. He failed to make it clear to the client that his services would not incorporate the independent functions of an architect in breach of Standard 1.5 of the Code of Conduct (“the Code”);

  2. He failed to provide his client with the correct terms of engagement as required by Standard 11.1 of the Code;

  3. He failed to carry out his work faithfully and conscientiously with due regard to relevant technical and professional standards in breach of Standard 4 of the Code;

  4. He failed to preserve the security of monies entrusted to him in the course of his practice in breach of Standard 7 of the Code;

  5. He failed to deal with a dispute arising between the Client and himself in a prompt and appropriate manner in breach of Standard 12 of the Code.


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  • scary. As in so many of these "breach of professional standards" cases, it's not hard to guess that client and architect fell out for some reason and the client then decided to take action against the architect. I'm willing to bet that many architects commit the "offences" upheld against Olagunji but the job goes well and nobody ever hears about it.

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