More than a thousand people have lost the right to call themselves an architect after failing to pay their annual retention fee on time
The Architects Registration Board revealed that 1,199 individuals had been removed from its register of architects for failing to pay the yearly fee by New Year’s Eve.
Anyone struck off can rejoin the register within days by paying £45 on top of the £107 annual retention fee owed.
A total of 38,783 architects did pay on time, making the size of the register the biggest it has ever been at the start of a year.
While the number removed from the register was just five lower than last January’s 1,204, it was the lowest number for six years. More than 2,000 people were removed in 2014.
ARB chair Nabila Zulfiqar said: ‘We are pleased that so many architects paid their 2018 fee on time, which demonstrates that the profession holds its professional status in high regard.’
Karen Holmes, chief executive of the ARB, added: ‘The 2018 retention fee collection process went well. We have further developed our technology to enable us to provide a streamlined and effective payment process for architects.
‘While we understand the frustration felt by those who are removed for non-payment, it is a necessary part of our role to maintain an accurate register.
‘For those that wish to re-join the register, we endeavour to make the reinstatement process as straightforward and efficient as possible. We will carefully consider any feedback we receive from architects with a view to making further improvements to the retention fee collection process for future years.’