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ARB abolition would not protect title

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There have been a number of suggestions that the title 'chartered architect' would be of some value if the ARB were abolished. That is the argument that the RIBA put forward when it supported the repeal of the Architects Registration Acts six years ago.

Without the ARB, everyone could call themselves an architect. If they went further and called themselves a chartered architect, it would be necessary to persuade someone such as the Trading Standards Office to bring a prosecution. Fat chance. What is more, it would be necessary to bring witnesses who could prove, beyond reasonable doubt, that they had been misled. Again, fat chance - witnesses won't come forward for murders, let alone for what most people regard as a technical nicety.

The ARB, on the other hand, can bring its own prosecutions. It only has to prove the use of the title architect. It does not have to demonstrate that anyone was misled.

MALCOLM C NICKOLLS by e-mail

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