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Architect hits out at ARB over reprimand

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An architect has hit back after being reprimanded by the Architects Registration Board for failing to keep a client informed of his ballooning costs

A hearing of the ARB’s professional conduct committee in Glasgow earlier this month found Alastair MacIntyre of McInnes Gardner Architects guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

McIntyre was found not to have provided written terms of engagement and that he failed to inform his client that his fee had risen to £9,371 compared to an initial estimate of £1,470.

Speaking to Architects’ Journal, MacIntyre – who admitted both charges but argued during the case that they did not amount to professional misconduct – said: ‘This case has cost me my unblemished record of more than 30 years.’

‘It should be understood that I did set out my payment terms in writing and that while it was undoubtedly an omission that I didn’t keep the client apprised of costs I did update the client on a regular basis as the project progressed. 

‘I was never asked for an update on accruing fees notwithstanding that an hourly rate for my services had been agreed and that the client knew that the project had become more complex than originally anticipated.’

He also said that he successfully achieved a planning permission in a conservation area against significant local objection ‘and thereby turned a plot with nominal value into a significant asset which has now been sold’.

McIntyre also complained that no evidence had been produced to back up the client’s claim that she had suffered stress following the incident.

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