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ARB boots 1,200 off register for not paying fees

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The Architects Registration Board (ARB) has removed 1,204 architects from its register – equivalent to 3 per cent of the profession – for failing to pay their annual retention fees 

But the number kicked off the register is the lowest in years; the ARB removed 1,438 non-payers in 2016, 1,824 in 2015 and 2,043 architects in 2014.

The ARB’s decision to strike so many from its register three years ago was criticised as ‘harsh’ by the RIBA.

Architects had until 31 December to pay the annual charge, set at £107 for the third year running.

ARB registrar and chief executive Karen Holmes said: ‘Thank you to all those architects who paid on time. In the context of a growing register, which had reached over 38,000, it is very good news that the vast majority of registrants paid their annual retention fee by the due date.

’This clearly reflects the value that architects place on their regulated status.’

The ARB said it has not yet finalised the number of architects on its register this year, as it is still processing a number of resignations, but it is expected to be more than 37,000. 

Architects who want to be reinstated on the register must complete an application form and pay a total of £152, which comprises the £107 retention fee, a £35 application fee and a £10 prescribed fee.

Complete the ARB registration form here

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  • Chris Roche

    I think it is inaccurate of ARB to suggest they have removed 3% of the profession from its register for non payment of fees. Every year there will be retiring architects who no longer wish to remain on the register, and others who have either moved abroad, or for reasons of having a break from the profession to have children, ill health, etc have simply chosen not to renew their membership. It therefore creates a false impression to suggest these individuals have been removed for non-payment of fees - albeit factually correct. For the record I have decided to suspend my membership of the RIBA as I no longer feel it represents the interests of the wider membership, and the rising fees cannot be justified commercially. Should the RIBA suggest I have been removed for non-payment of fees then this again would be incorrect. In time I will be consulted the government and fellow professionals on the viability of an alternative body to represent the profession on critical issues of environmental, social, and professional responsibility - the working title being: National Union of Architects. Interested parties can find my details on the ARB Register.

    Chris Roche XRIBA

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  • For Chris Roche - it should be really no surprise that such minutiae as the possibility that many of each year's non-payers are either retired, comatose or dead are beyond the comprehension of the ARB.
    After all, the ARB is seemingly utterly oblivious of the considerable numbers of architects who pass themselves off as members of the Board, by tacking 'ARB' onto the genuine professional qualifications after their names in their practice information.
    I don't know whether it's down to conceit or ignorance (or both), but I wonder if any of Westminster's MPs would get away with describing themselves as in the Cabinet if they weren't?

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