The Architects Registration Board (ARB) has struck off a Kent architect after finding him guilty of ‘serious, repeated and persistent failings’, including stating that he had submitted a planning application when he had not
The board’s Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) wiped David Draper, of Draper Architects Limited, from the register after finding that his actions were ‘fundamentally incompatible with continuing to be an architect’.
The committee added that Draper would be prevented from reapplying to join the register for five years.
The architect, who was not present at the hearing, faced 10 allegations relating to complaints from three separate clients lodged between May 2016 and June 2017.
The PCC heard how in May 2016, Draper was appointed to revise drawings for a home extension and told the client he would produce them in three weeks. However, it was alleged he did not provide the plans for three months.
In March 2017, a second complaint was made against Draper by a client who appointed him to produce a full set of plans. It was alleged that Draper cancelled meetings and failed to keep in contact with his client.
It was also alleged that Draper told the client he had submitted the drawings to the council when he had not.
The third and final complaint, made in June 2017, arose when Draper was appointed to design and manage a property refurbishment.
When issues with building works arose on site, the client notified the architect of a potential negligence claim against his practice and requested details of his insurance, which, it was alleged, Draper did not provide because he did not have insurance.
The committee also held that Draper had ’failed to co-operate with the ARB’ over the complaints made by all three clients.
When the board contacted Draper over the first client’s complaint in September 2016, Draper did reply, requesting more time to respond to the allegations.
When the deadline elapsed with no response, the board again contacted Draper, who said he would post his response, as his email account was not working. But the board said this letter was never received.
According to the board, the PCC ’found proved’ all allegations against Draper, concluding that the failings amounted to unacceptable professional conduct.
An ARB statement said: ’In considering sanction, the PCC noted that Draper’s failings were serious, repeated and persistent, and resulted in material inconvenience to his clients.
’It also noted that his dishonesty was particularly serious, given that he had stated that he had lodged a planning application when he had not.’
The committee said the only mitigating factor was the fact the architect has no ’adverse regulatory history’ but decided the allegations were so serious that only striking him from the register would protect the public and the reputation of the profession.
David Draper has been contacted for comment.