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Get rid of the Architects Registration Board


In the days before the creation of the ARB architects had to register with ARCUK - the Architects' Registration Council of the United Kingdom. I might be guilty of unjustified nostalgia for the 'good old days', but in my memory the Council kept strictly to its designated function, and just why the 'reforms' of the 1990s were necessary escapes me - but the ARB seems to be a very different animal whose compulsory fund-raising powers through the annual registration fee have enabled it to grow well beyond its remit, into a rather unaccountable organisation with delusions of grandeur. Hence the habit of many architects to describe themselves as members of the ARB - although, save for a handful, of course they're not. Could it be that many practising architects are reluctant to challenge the authority of a quasi-government establishment that has the power of professional life or death over them, regardless of their qualifications?

Posted date

15 April, 2020

Posted time

10:04 am