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
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.