Review of the Architects Registration Board system released

A government review of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) has concluded that there is still a need for light touch regulation of British architects.

In 1997, Parliament established ARB to regulate the architectural profession in the UK, deciding what qualifications a person needs to work professionally as an architect in the country. ARB also maintains the register for those that met the qualification criteria, while acting as an independent body to hear any allegations made against architects on its books.

This spring, the Department for Communities and Local Government, which has overall responsibility for ARB, launched the review. For the first part of the assessment, the department called for evidence to determine whether the regulation of architects in the UK was still necessary.

The current president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Stephen Hodder, said:

“I want to see effective streamlined maintenance of statutory protection of the title ‘architect’, one that offers value for money for architects, reduces unhelpful bureaucracy for architects and schools of architecture and offer proper protection for the British consumer.”

For the foreseeable future, architects on the Wirral and other parts of the UK will continue to register with ARB, and be regulated by the organisation. The second phase of the review has already started, and will identify opportunities to simplify regulations. The aim is to find a way to ensure that British architects can compete on a level playing field with their counterparts in the European Union.

The possibility of moving responsibility of the register to another organisation, such as RIBA, is also being considered.

Posted by Adam Lloyd
November 26, 2014

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