David Grant of Inspire Design, East London has again been fined for misusing the title ‘architect’
Grant was charged at Stratford Magistrates Court on 13 May and ordered to pay £6000 for falsely listing himself as an architect in the telephone directory and on his company website.
It is not the first time Grant has claimed to be an architect. In 2005 a prime time documentary on Irish Television exposed Grant as a ‘bogus’ architect and has since been sued by Dublin City Council for allowing dangerous buildinngs to be used as a hostel (see Sunday Times article).
In 2006 the ARB also succeeded in prosecuting Grant for misuse of title under the Inspire Design banner.
This time magistrates found Grant guilty of three breaches of Section 20 of the Architects Act 1997 and imposed a total fine of £1500, with further costs totalling £4500.
The businessman, who claimed to have ‘over 25 years’ experience in architecture, design and property’ has previously been found guilty of allowing dangerous buildings to be used without appropriate planning permission or fire safety certificate.
Commenting on the case, ARB’s Professional Standards Department said: ‘The level of fine and costs awarded in this case sends a strong message to anyone who is fradulently using the title “architect”. Not only does it mislead members of the public, it also harms the integrity of the architects’ profession as a whole. ARB remains committed to bringing such individuals to justice’.