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New RIBA boss Derbyshire pledges fightback against profession’s marginalisation


One development that Ben Derbyshire might usefully address is the habit of some architects to stick 'ARB' after their names, with the encouragement of the Architects Registration Board. The implication is that calling yourself an architect is mot enough, when in fact the remit of the Board is simply to be the government appointed registrar of architects. The purpose of the Board is to ensure that only properly qualified people can practice as architects, but it seems to think that it'a a professional body - that architects should in effect display their membership, when in fact they're not Board members at all and the existence of the Board should ensure that people should be able to have confidence in someone entitled to call themselves an architect. The tail is wagging the dog - muddying the professional waters - but some architects obviously feel the need to stick this label after their name , to the detriment of the meaning of the term 'architect', which becomes devalued..

Posted date

11 September, 2017

Posted time

10:42 am


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