The Architects Registration Board (ARB) has said it is ‘taking appropriate’ action against a newly appointed expert on the Grenfell inquiry who claimed to be an architect even though he had not been on the register since 2010
Earlier this week John Priestley of John Priestley Associates was tasked with producing a report on the ‘architectural design’ of the tower’s controversial refurbishment and to carry out a detailed examination of the building works undertaken between 2014 and 2016.
But his appointment has already become embroiled in controversy.
Despite numerous references to ‘architects’ on his website, including the statement ’John Priestley is a UK registered and Chartered Architect’, it has emerged that he has not been on the ARB register for the last eight years.
The ARB told the AJ it had acted ‘in response to concerns raised with us regarding potential misuse of the title “architect’’’.
The webpage has since been taken down.
An ARB spokesperson said: ‘Based on the information available at this time, we have reason to believe the individual in question is Andrew John Priestley who first came on to the Architects Register in 1987, but has not been registered since 2010. We will be taking appropriate action in response to this matter.’
Priestley has been asked for comment.
A spokesperson for the Grenfell Inquiry said: ‘The inquiry is making urgent enquiries to review the position.’
A response from the RIBA: how can someone be an RIBA chartered member and not registered with the ARB?
All our chartered members who been elected to membership in the UK have qualified as architects, having undertaken courses of study and passed examinations that have been prescribed or recognised by council, which are also recognised by the Architects Registration Board (ARB). Chartered members in the UK must not practise or carry out business in the UK under any name, style or title containing the word ‘architect’ or use the affix ‘RIBA’ unless they are registered with the ARB.
A good example would be an academic who no longer practises as an architect but is still qualified should they want to.
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