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Bogus architect ordered to pay £8,000

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A construction consultant from London has been ordered to pay £8,128 after being convicted of misusing the title ‘architect’

Highbury Magistrates Court convicted Stephen Vaughan of Plan It Design for a breach of the Architects Act 1997.

The court heard that Vaughan had failed to amend references to the title ‘architect’ in the content and meta-data of his practice’s website and on social media sites, despite receiving warnings from the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

The court took Vaughan’s guilty plea into consideration and ordered the consultant to pay £500 for each of three offences plus a court charge of £50 and £6,578 to the ARB.

A spokesperson on behalf of ARB’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”.

‘For an individual to continue to use the title while not on the register misleads the public, and this prosecution demonstrates the serious consequences for anyone that persistently breaks the law.‘

In February a Lancashire man was 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.

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