A London man has been ordered to pay almost £2,000 after pleading guilty to misusing the title ‘architect’
Tarek Nahas of Anqa Architects, of Acton, London, improperly used the title ‘architect’ when submitting architectural drawings. Nahas also listed the business under ‘architects’ in both paper-based and online directories, despite previous warnings from the Architects Registration Board (ARB).
Nahas pleaded guilty to breaching Section 20 of the Architects Act 1997 on November 5, 2009 at Ealing Magistrates Court. Due to his guilty plea, magistrates gave him a reduced fine of £750 and ordered him to pay a total of £1,200 in costs.
An ARB Professional Standards Department spokesperson said: ‘This prosecution arose from Mr Nahas’s repeated failure to ensure that any advertisements for the practice met the restrictions set out in the Architects Act 1997.
‘This is another successful outcome for ARB, and again demonstrates the serious consequences of deliberately misleading the public.’
The ARB regulates the UK architect’s profession in the public interest since the statutory body was created by Parliament under the Architects Act 1997.