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The ARB's Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) chair Peter Verdin, after sanctioning Yolande Fothergill for failing 'to treat the board with sufficient respect', describes the ARB as a professional body. He would do well to respect the ARB's own notes, seen on its website: 'The [ARB] logo must not be used in such a way as to mislead members of the public or others into thinking that the logo signifies membership of a professional body. The ARB is not a professional body.' Indeed, the ARB is a registration body - it has registrants not members - and by extension of the ARB's point here, architects should not use the letters 'ARB' as an affix.

Last year, again according to the ARB's website, the PCC sanctioned a total of six architects - four cases stemming from registrants failing to tick the Professional Indemnity Insurance box. This leaves only two substantive cases that our registration body had to deal with, at a cost of £2.3 million to the profession.

Mr Verdin might also bear in mind that, in our free society, respect has to be earned and cannot be demanded, even by a quango.

Jack Pringle, president, RIBA

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