Leeds-based SDE Architecture has been fined after a company director falsely represented himself as an architect to an Architects Registration Board worker
In April last year, the director of SDE Architecture indicated he would be able to carry out architectural work on the company’s behalf, magistrates heard.
The firm pleaded guilty to breaching the Architects Act 1997 and was ordered to pay a reduced fine of £600, with a further £1,400 in costs.
At Leeds Magistrates’ Court, the company was told that the public had a right to know they were dealing with qualified architects.
A spokesman for the ARB’s Professional Standards Department said: ‘This prosecution initially arose as a result of the practice using the title on its website, with further investigations establishing that SDE Architecture was [pitching] itself out as architects to prospective clients.
‘The magistrates’ comments reinforce the seriousness and gravity with which the courts will deal with anyone attempting to mislead the public in this way.’