The ARB has attempted to prove its worth by releasing figures which claim to show architects believe in the board's regulatory safeguards.
According to the board, 90 per cent of the profession feel that protection of title is 'important' and that an 'overwhelming number within that percentage' consider that regulation helps preserve the reputation of the profession.
The ARB's salvo is the latest in a series of exchanges with the RIBA about possible reforms to the board's remit and structure (ajplus 09.11.05). However, the move is unlikely to trigger a rethink by the RIBA council, which will continue to call for the ARB to adopt a raft of changes.
Earlier this year the ARB decided to see whether 'more could be done' to increase the effectiveness of its work, and the board has recently been looking at the approaches of other bodies that regulate professional titles.
The board's research has concluded that the ARB's present approach to 'regulation of title' compares favourably with that of most of the bodies participating in the survey.
Currently the ARB has the power to prosecute anyone who is unlawfully passing themselves off as an architect and, according to the latest statistics, receives between 300 to 400 complaints every year about the misuse of the title 'architect.' by Richard Waite