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.