Almost half of the 1,824 architects kicked off the ARB register earlier this month for failing to pay the £107 annual retention fee have rejoined
The 832 expelled architects have each had to cough up an extra £55 – a £35 administration charge and a £20 reinstatement fee – meaning the board has netted more than £45,000 from those rejoining.
Although the number of architects removed this year for failing to pay the fee ahead of the 31 December cut-off point was 200 down on the 2,043 expelled in 2014, the number still represents 5 per cent of the profession and a 40 per cent increase in the 1,300 booted off in 2013.
Defending the mass strike-off and the reinstatement charges earlier this month, an ARB spokeswoman told the AJ that the two additional fees ‘simply cover this amount and they do not generate profit for the organisation’.
Karen Holmes, the ARB’s interim registrar and chief executive, said the board had taken ‘additional steps’ in the past 12 months to remind architects to pay their retention fee on time, including ‘enlisting the support of professional bodies and the architectural press as well as operating additional opening hours and using social media messages’.
‘As a result,’ she said, ‘95 per cent of architects paid their retention fee.’