Since not renewing ARB in 2005 and leaving the RIBA after 25 years, business has massively improved. I may not call myself Architect but as the public and industry perception of Architects has been poor for some time I am unwilling to rejoin the formal ranks. I still operate as if registered and chartered in terms of conduct and professionalism and maintain full PI. The 'freedom' is not an operational one but a perceptional one for clients who now receive services from me far outside the scope of what Architects are perceived to provide. Perhaps some of the 2000 will follow suit and abandon ship?