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The ARB has appointed Malcolm Nickolls, the former arcuk chairman, onto its board in order to make it quorate and fill a vacancy made by the recent high-profile resignations of architects. In a statement the arb said it could do so through 'exercising its powers under paragraph 6 of schedule 1 of the Architects Act 1997' and will also make further appointments. Nickolls played a critical role in the reforms made by the Architects Act 1997, which led to the creation of the arb. But the arb previously said that the vacant positions after the controversial resignations of Amanda Levete, Marco Goldschmied, Frank Duffy and Colin Stansfield Smith would be offered to the three closest-placed people in its last elections. The arb's chair, Barbara Kelly, said she 'did not want any delay in restoring the composition of the board as laid down by parliament.'

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