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Danish woman admits false architect claim

A Danish citizen has admitted fraudulently trying to register as an architect by falsifying documents

Vibeke Petersen, from Denmark, applied to join the Architects Registration Board (ARB) in March last year.

Redhill Magistrates’ Court in Surrey heard Miss Petersen wrote on her application that she had qualified as an architect at Denmark’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

On processing the application, it became apparent to the board that the documents she submitted were false and that it was a deliberate attempt to become registered as an architect in the UK by fraudulent means. 

The board rejected Miss Petersen’s application on July 22, 2010, and in line with section 7 of the Act, it brought legal proceedings against her.

Petersen pleaded guilty to the charge brought against her. The magistrates accepted that the conviction meant that Petersen had lost her good character and discharged her. She was ordered to pay the board’s £800 costs.

Petersen’s application was made under section 4(2a) of the Architects Act 1997. This allows for automatic registration because of European qualifications which are covered by the Professional Qualifications Directive 2005/36/EC.

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