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Get rid of the Architects Registration Board


I agree with Paul Finch The stupid and costly duplication that the ARB is attempting to engage in borders on a Douglas Adams Hitchiker's Guide chapter. Why on earth the RIBA didn't protect its full scope of responsibilities during t1990s reforms is beyond me. I'm very much in favor of planning for the future and doing things that - hopefully - make our work and our profession better at what they do. But I, for one, think that in the same way that we should not throw out "old" tools, techniques and processes (you know..the ones that actually work) we should apply the same logic to reviving the appropriate relationship between ARCUK and the RIBA. Oh..and there's one other thing too. How come that a spposed independent oversight agency making sure that architects are who they say they are etc, dump people off the register for not paying fees? If architects are compelled to be on the ARB register in order to practice their profession, why do they have to pay a fee to remain on it? If ARB membership were voluntary and was a "qualification" of value to the public then sure, have a fee structure. But when it's compulsory by government decree in order to practice as an architect, what the hell is the fee for? Are these fees deductible against gross income BTW?

Posted date

17 April, 2020

Posted time

6:51 pm