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ARB to clamp down on rogue architects

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The ARB has voted to up the ante in its drive to prosecute non-architects who claim to be fully qualified.

Subject to financial restraints and practicalities, it looks increasingly likely that the board will increase its campaign to prosecute those who allege to be architects, while not being on the register.

In a heated board meeting yesterday there was, surprisingly, almost universal support for the move.

The policy change was promoted by Colin Brock - a member of the ARB Reform Group and a vice-president of the Association of Consultant Architects - who argued that reducing title-abuse should be the 'highest priority of the ARB's activities'.

He told the board that it should be considered the most important activity, above education and Professional Conduct Committee prosecutions.

If the resources for the new offensive are agreed at a later board meeting, it will mean more meetings with listing companies such as Yellow Pages to increase awareness of the title-abuse laws.

While members refused to agree that the 'title-abuse' issue should be the 'highest' priority, all agreed that it should be 'high'.

More research will now be carried out into the affordability of an increased focus on the issue.

by Ed Dorrell

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