I read Paul Hyett's article (AJ 11.5.00) with increasing concern about the manner in which the ARB conducted the investigation of Ingrid Morris. If the circumstances described are an accurate representation of what transpired, how can architects have any confidence in their regulatory body?
Sole practitioners are those most likely to value protection of title and look to the ARB for understanding treatment.
They probably have the toughest role in the profession, particularly as a lone woman with family responsibilities.
Yet it would appear that the very nature of being a sole practitioner, facing an apparently vengeful client, tempts our registration board to act like a predator attacking the weakest of the pack.
Clearly Ingrid Morris was put to great emotional and financial cost. I hope that I am proved to be inaccurate in expressing these comments, but I hold little hope since my request for an ARB apology to Ingrid Morris in an earlier letter has still not been met.
Peter Melvin, Atelier Architecture & Design, Aldbury, Hertfordshire