Judge Humphrey Lloyd has been re-elected as the chairman of the Architects' Registration Board (ARB).
The controversial figure saw off competition from fellow board member Nick Tweddell.
Construction consultant Alan Crane pulled out of the race at the last minute despite being tipped as having a chance of defeating Lloyd. His reasons for doing so are unknown.
Until last week, Lloyd was caught up in a long-running and bitter dispute with ARB rebel Ian Salisbury, who was campaigning to get the board's activities reigned in.
Lloyd, the former president of the Construction Law Society, is a long-term advocate of high compulsory levels of professional indemnity insurance for architects, and of the wideranging activities of the board in education.
Bartlett professor Soo Rose was re-elected unopposed as vice-chair.