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Lowest increase in registered architects since 2003

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Last year saw the lowest annual increase in the number of architects holding ARB membership than at any time in the past seven years

According to the ARB’s 2010 annual report, the register saw a net increase of just 126 members in 2010 which is less than a fifth of the decade’s peak year figure of 699 in 2007.

The slowing rate of growth has brought the profession back to 2003 levels when the increase was just 124,

In 2010, there were 746 resignations, 78 deaths and 853 members removed from the list for failing to pay membership fees. By comparison in 2009 there were 768 resignations, 65 deaths and 819 architects removed for not paying fees. There was a total 1,261 new admissions in 2010 compared to 1,377 the year before.

The number of complaints against architects received by the ARB also shot up 15 per cent last year.

The ARB’s Professional Conduct Committee heard 16 cases last year and issued penalties to four architects which ranged from £1000 to £4000.  Only two architects had their name erased from the register, compared to eight last year.

Across the UK, women made up 19 per cent of registered architects. Wales was shown to be the worst region for female representation in architecture, with women making only 13 per cent of the profession.

ARB’s total expenditure last year was £13,000 higher than its income with £380,732 spent on its offices and £1,251,760 going on staffing. A total £2,803,108 was received in retention fees from architects.


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