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Scottish designer struck off ARB register

A Scottish architect has been struck off the ARB register because his business partner carried out design work despite having no architectural training.

The ARB has removed William Duncan Patterson, of Glasgow-based Stuart Duncan Partnership, from the register over architectural work done on residential property by his partner Mr W Jamieson, who is a chartered surveyor.

Conduct committee chair Peter Verdin said: '[Mr Jamieson] gave the client, Mrs Buchanan, assurances that she was in good hands and Mrs Buchanan understood what she would be receiving from this firm was architectural services.

'In fact, the works were done by a firm associated with Stuart Duncan Partnership, namely Stuart Duncan Projects. At no time did the clients see Mr Paterson, the registered architect in the practice.'

Mr Paterson claimed he had no knowledge of the project, and the committee heard the work had been done badly and wasn't completed, resulting in 'not only distress to the client, but also additional expense and problems that are connected to bad building work.'

The committee found that the failure to supervise the work was regarded as the most serious of the four charges facing Mr Paterson, and he was permanently erased from the register.

by Richard Vaughan

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