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Bogus architect fined for second time


A Lancashire man has been fined more than £4,000 after misrepresenting himself as an architect for the second time in four years

Nichol Rosalie of ABE Professionals in Bolton was convicted of misusing the title ‘architect’, in breach of the Architects Act 1997.

Rosalie was fined £5,000 in February 2012 for a similar offence, while trading as UPS Architects.

A spokesperson on behalf of Architects Registration Board’s professional standards department said: ‘Only practices with a registered architect in control and management of the architectural work are legally allowed to use the title ‘architect’.

‘The ARB takes seriously its duty to represent the interests of users of architects’ services. This prosecution demonstrates the serious consequences for anyone that persists in misleading the public.’

Bolton Magistrates’ Court heard that Rosalie had failed to amend references to the title ‘architect’ in the website’s meta-data despite receiving warnings from the ARB.


Readers' comments (4)

  • It appears to be cheaper to masquerade as an architect and pay the fines every few years than to train professionally and then maintain professional subscriptions and insurances...

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  • Seems a lot cheaper than paying £100k to qualify as an architect, £4000 every couple of years (less unneeded PI premiums).
    Note to self: I must remember to tell my architect aspiring kids of this alternative means of getting 'Architect' after their name.
    Furthermore by forgoing the RIBA accredited educational route they could spend their time in a combination of artists studios, building sites, and architects offices to learn the trade before they start.
    If they do this they may even command a decent salary at the end of their 7 years training - genius!

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  • Don't forget, if he isn't any good he won't be able to build much of a business. Title protection and prosecutions might seem as if we're getting our moneys worth from ARB, but our training is worth so much more.

    Regulation of doctors is there to protect patients. ARB doesn't do anything that we couldn't do ourselves as a profession.

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  • John Kellett

    Whilst agreeing wholeheartedly with Mark Benzie the fine for the misuse of title is derisory. No building designers, who are not members of a chartered profession should be allowed to practice. Such legislation would comply with EU legislation, benefit the public and the building design professions: contractors, engineers, technologists and architects all of whom fulfil different roles within the industry. There is no place in a civilised society for unqualified charlatans pretending to be something they are not.

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