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Reports in the 23 February edition of Architects Journal refer to comments reported to have been made by two of the current elected members of the ARB Board. The report indicates that the comments were made in private emails in the context of the forthcoming election to the Board.

ARB wishes to record that the reported emails were not sent on its behalf or as part of any of its activities. The reported content and tenor of the emails is reflective neither of the way that ARB conducts itself nor the way that the ARB Board conducts its business.

ARB as an organisation has never expressed any views as to the relative merits of candidates for election, any endorsements they may seek or the Board members chosen by architects through the election process. It continues to be inappropriate for ARB to do so.

The views reported to have been expressed do not represent the views of the Architects Registration Board.

ARB Chair Beatrice Fraenkel said:

“ARB is committed to equality of opportunity, and that must encompass membership of our Board. I am appalled that reported comments from Board members may have led to any suggestion that ARB does not subscribe to the highest principles of equality and diversity. ARB welcomes initiatives to improve equal access to the profession. ARB and RIBA have worked constructively together in the interests of the public and architects.”

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 take action when it is being used 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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