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Court orders fake architect to cough up £5,659

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A Manchester man has been fined for illegally using the title architect

Nicholas Rothe traded as Cheshire Architects and Construction despite not being on the ARB register.

He was convicted at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court of eight counts of breaching section 20 of the Architects Act 1997. He and the company were jointly fined £2,000 and hit with costs of £3,659.

An ARB spokesman said: ‘For an individual to continue to use the title when they are not on the register undermines the regulatory purpose of the Architects Act.

‘Nicholas Rothe chose to ignore the legal restrictions surrounding the use of the title and the courts demonstrated a willingness to protect the public from those illegally calling themselves an architect.

‘We will continue to monitor Rothe’s trading style and if necessary recommence legal action.’

Cheshire Architects and Construction this month applied to be dissolved, saying it was owed money, missing materials and had experienced ‘problems’ with a project manager. However its website was still live this morning and offering a ‘free 30-minute appointment with our architect’. 

Rothe told the AJ that he had never claimed to be an architect, and that Cheshire Architects and Construction employed ’approved architects’.

In a separate case, an Aberdeen architect found guilty of serious professional incompetence by a conduct committee this month was removed from the ARB register. 


Readers' comments (2)

  • Not the first time either. He was also director of Offshore People Ltd




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  • A lot cheaper than getting an architectural education (c.£100,000) and still not knowing much on exit..
    There could be an alternatvie route for those without the desire for debt or the means to finance 5 years of study.
    An alternative eduction of 5 years spent between architectual offices, artist studios, building sites and services/structural engineers offices and the odd £2000 fine is much better value.
    If any of my kids show an interest in architecture I will suggest this to them.
    Come on RIBA - pull your finger out!
    Take a lead in architectural education before the market does it for you.
    Support architects instead of just promoting architecture.
    We've got plenty of ideas of what you could do with an inkling of desire to improve the standing of the profession.

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