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Imposter fined £5,000 for posing as architect

Bolton Magistrates’ Court has ordered Nichol Andrew Rosalie to pay a £5,000 fine plus £1,433 in costs for misusing the title ‘architect’

Rosalie, who had not registered with the Architects Registration Board, had been trading as ‘UPS Architects’ in breach of Section 20 of the 1997 Architects Act.

Despite being warned several times that he was acting unlawfully, Rosalie promoted his business in a local directory, websites and advertisements, and also submitted two planning applications for residential projects.

Simon Howard, professional standards manager at the ARB said: ‘Despite being given fair warning that he had no right to use the title “architect”, Rosalie continued to do so.

‘The level of this fine demonstrates the serious action the courts will take against individuals who seek to hoodwink the public into believing they are an architect when they are not.’

Last month, the ARB board accepted the resignations of members George Oldham and Ruth Brennan who mistakenly sent private emails to the AJ that included an attack on RIBA president Angela Brady.

The winners of the ARB elections will be announced later this week.

 

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