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Student body slams ARB Parts 1 and 2 price hike

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Student architecture society ARCHAOS has slammed the ARB's decision to raise fees for candidates with non-prescribed qualifications.

In a statement responding to the ARB's announcement of a £212 price hike for Part 1 and 2 exams ( Non-UK architects face Parts 1 and 2 price hike), ARCHAOS has accused the ARB of 'running the risk of isolating the profession to those educated only within a RIBA/ARB-accredited UK school'.

This, the student body claims, goes 'wholeheartedly against the grain of diversity- undermining the work taking place to improve this'.

The statement added: 'Issues like this highlight the fundamental problem the ARB faces. We agree that it has a duty to protect the consumer by regulating standards, but to continue on its current trajectory will only serve to reduce the quality and diversity of UK architecture in the long term - thus harming the consumer.'

The ARB has faced ongoing criticism over its recent foreign policy, especially in regards to the case of Polish candidates, where students have RIBA-accredited qualifications, but are not recognised by the ARB ( Young Poles frozen out by Part 3 red tape).

Many Polish candidates, although part of the EU, have qualifications not recognised by the ARB, which leads to scenarios where Polish candidates hoping to take their Part 3, having to pay £1,210 twice for both their Part 1 and 2 exams.

ARCHAOS' statement concluded: 'Students, as we are boldly told by the ARB's rules with regard to protection of title, are not architects.

'We have to ask, why then are the processes by which a student reaches a Part 3 exam the cause of so much cost, effort and argument for the ARB?'

by Richard Vaughan

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