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ACA president calls for the ARB to be cut back

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The president of the Association of Consulting Architects has issued a thinly disguised call to arms on behalf of the ARB Reform Group.

Paul Davis, founding director of Paul Davis and Partners, has urged architects to vote for the 'minimalist approach' to the management of the register.

The ARB Reform Group is campaigning to win all seven seats on the board that are reserved for members of the profession.

The group's joint manifesto, which has won the support of the likes of Richard Rogers, Norman Foster and Terry Farrell, calls for the ARB's work to be severely pared back.

'It would seem to me that the minimalist approach is the best one for the board to adopt,' Davis wrote in a letter to the AJ on Wednesday.

'Issues such as education and the maintenance of continuing professional development are already well established, and the imposition of further regulation for its own sake strikes me, and others, as one of the more unpalatable aspects of modern life.

'Somebody has to take a stand,' the letter adds.

Click here to read Paul Davis' letter and follow the debate on the future of the ARB.

by Ed Dorrell

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