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Man hit by record fine for pretending to be registered architect

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A Luton man has been ordered to pay almost £30,000 for illegally calling himself an architect

Robi Miah, of Ludlow Avenue, was hit with the record fine of £23,700 plus costs of £5,825 at Luton Magistrates’ Court after being convicted of 12 counts of the criminal offence of misusing the term ‘architect’.

The court heard that Miah practised as Mia Architects despite not being registered with the Architects Registration Board, in breach of section 20 of the Architects Act 1997.

Miah, who also practised under the name Rob Mia, had used a variety of sources to advertise as an architect, and submitted a number of planning applications as such, according to the ARB.

He continued to misuse the title despite ‘numerous warnings’ and giving assurances that he would stop, and two offences took place after a court summons had been issued, the ARB said.

Overall the fine covered offences during the period from 14 December 2016 to 17 November 2017.

ARB head of professional standards Simon Howard said: ‘Mr Miah chose to ignore the law by practising as an architect and the court chose to protect the public by imposing a record fine. The level of fine should act as a warning to those who try to gain benefit by misleading the public into thinking they are architects when they are not.’

Miah, who pleaded guilty, told the AJ he felt he had been harshly treated for a genuine mistake. His was the highest cumulative fine imposed in relation to a breach of section 20 of the Architects Act 1997.

His website, Mia Architecture, this morning said: ’I am a working from home consultant that specialises in residential architecture, furniture making and product design. I have over 15 years worth of residential architecture experience working within some of the most renowned practices in the world.

’My typical clients are your everyday growing family that require more space for their home, to the fast paced developers wishing to optimise their budgets.’


Readers' comments (2)

  • and yet from todays google search....
    www.miaarchitecture.co.uk/mia-architects-5. PreviousNext. 12345. Home · Who We Are · Services · Gallery · Contact. What is an architect, what does an architect do, planning drawings, building regulations, new build, extensions, loft conversions, garage conversions, barn conversion, architecture, designs, Luton, Harpenden, Hitchin, Welwyn Garden ...

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  • John Kellett

    My County too is full of charlatans who get very 'vocal' and abusive when caught out as not being architects :-) One has even managed to get his practice RIBA Chartered Practice status by lying about who 'controls' the architectural work within the practice, possibly! The UK needs a system such as that in much of the rest of the World to protect the function and title of architect, by preventing unqualified people from designing buildings (engineers, planners and surveyors etc). It will lower construction costs.

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