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Can't we just use a 'retired' suffix

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Malcolm Nickolls (AJ 12.3.98 page 24) is dead right on the reverse aspect of our admiration for and sympathy with Ron Baden Hellard's magnificently embattled registration impasse - it is really all about protecting our customers (or clients).

Old soldiers boast their rank suffixed by 'retired'. Retired academics continuing to offer the wisdom of long experience have a more fancy word - Emeritus (even if, perhaps, for professors only). 'Honourably discharged from service' or 'retired or honourably discharged from fulltime work, but retaining one's title on an honorary basis' - Concise Oxford and Collins Dictionaries respectively. (And how regulated by statutes, if at all, I don't know).

For the no-longer merely registered architect, might not the suffix 'retired' be a simple way out of the morass that we've all now got into?

With 'emeritus' for those who have acquired the honourable (yes) designation, chartered architect. Keeping our individual dignities, with no deception or confusion to clients.

Not all that long ago you could officially be A, F or even LRIBA (retd). Council to ask Director-General to pursue, please?

DAN LEVETT London SE21

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