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The ARB 2013 Annual Report has been published and can be viewed at the following link

The report includes information about how the organisation has delivered on its objectives as well as the audited 2013 Annual Report and Financial Statements.

The format of the review has been updated this year, incorporating best practice reporting used by other regulators, to include additional information to provide readers with more detail regarding the work of the organisation during the year.

The data shows some interesting facts:

  • For the first time the number of new admissions went over 1500, with 2013 seeing 1504 new registrations, this reflects the high regard in which registered status is perceived by the profession.
  • The number of female architects continues to rise, the 2013 figures show that there are now 7,538 female architects, compared to 4,339 10 years ago, an increase of over 3,000 in this period.
  • The number of male architects has increased slowly over the 10 year period, there are now 26,728 male architects, compared with 26,060 in 2003.
  • The male/female split for 2013 new admissions was 935 (62%) male architects and 569 (38%) female architects.
  • The number of EU applicants increased by over 100 in 2013 to 530, from 429 in 2012 and the ARB, which also fulfils the role of competent authority for architects, are working on implementing the revised EU Qualifications Directive.
  • The ARB’s focus on harnessing technology has paid off.  The launch of a new-look website saw unique visits reaching over a quarter of a million, an increase of 111% on the 107,822 unique visits logged in 2012.  In addition to this, applicants are making good use of the online registration system introduced by ARB in 2013 with nearly 1,300 applications received online.

Karen Holmes, the Interim Registrar and Chief Executive, said, ‘We are keen to encourage the users of our services to visit our 2013 Annual Report microsite to learn more about the work of the ARB, the data for 2013 is very interesting and shows how the profile of the Register is changing over time.’

Beatrice Fraenkel, Chair of the ARB, said, ‘2013 saw the ARB successfully deliver on its objectives, we are grateful to all those who have supported the organisation in its work.’

Notes for Editors
ARB is the statutory body established by Parliament under the Architects Act 1997 to regulate the UK architects’ profession in the public interest. The Act requires ARB (among other things) to:
•Maintain the Register of Architects (Section 3)
• Prescribe qualifications for entry to the Register of Architects (Section 4)
• Deal with competence to practise (Section 9)
• Issue a Code which lays down standards of professional conduct and practice (Section 13)
• Regulate use of the title “architect” and prosecute those who use it unlawfully (Section 20)
ARB has a Board of 15 members, seven of whom are architects elected by the profession.

The remaining eight are members of the public appointed by the Privy Council to represent the interests of consumers and users of architectural services.

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