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ARB report: for first time more than a quarter of profession are women

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The proportion of registered female architects has risen above a quarter of the total for the first time

According to the Architects Registration Board’s annual report for the year ending 31 December 2016, 26 per cent of those on the register are now women – a rise of 1 per cent from the previous year.

The overall number of architects on the register also increased to its highest-ever level – 38,511, compared with 36,932 at the end of 2015. Of those 34,669 were resident in the UK.

There were more than 2,500 new admissions in 2016, of these 1,249 were UK applicants and 1,232 were from the EU – the latter figure up from 1,072 in 2015.

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ARB annual report 2017

The growth in numbers was achieved during a year that the board admitted had been challenging due to the much-delayed outcome of its periodic review by the Department of Communities and Local Government.

In the report, Karen Holmes, registrar and chief executive at ARB, said: ‘The key risk during 2016 was the impact the ongoing periodic review had on ARB’s ability to fulfil its statutory obligations effectively as well as having to defer a number of projects. This uncertainty created the potential for the credibility of ARB to be undermined.’

She added that the delay to the outcome of the review, combined with an increased workload in registrations, had created significant human resource risks.

ARB made £4.2 million from registration fees in 2016, compared to £4.1 million the previous year, and announced an overall operational surplus of £784,000. This was down from £1 million in 2015.

The ARB still faces a Court of Appeal challenge to a decision of its professional conduct committee, according to the report. Last year the High Court dismissed an appeal by architect Jemmie Williams against an erasure order the committee made after Williams was convicted of benefit fraud.

ARB chair Nabila Zulfiqar said: ‘The year ahead requires us to focus on the recommendations of the government’s periodic review alongside delivering our statutory functions whilst continuously looking for efficiency and improvement opportunities.’

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ARB annual report 2017


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