The ARB's professional conduct committee (PCC) has erased a Cheshire-based architect from its register after he was found guilty of unprofessional conduct this week.
Michael Cummings from Altrincham was found guilty of 'failing to manage his financial affairs prudently' after he neglected to pay another registered architect £20,000 for work completed on his behalf.
Peter Virdin, chair of the disciplinary committee, said Cummings 'behaved with a clear lack of integrity' towards complainant Granville Gough.
lIn a further case heard on Tuesday, the PCC suspended Bristol architect Barry Preece for nine months for 'incompetent and cavalier' conduct over a loft conversion for a friend. Virdin said that the 'low fee' of £250 paid to Preece did not justify 'a low standard of work'. And he suggested the complainant should seek a refund of the fee from the small claims court.