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Equality Statement

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) is an inclusive organisation. We actively promote equality of opportunity for everybody who has dealings with us, irrespective of their race, gender, disability, religion, belief system, sexual orientation, age or socio-economic background, with the primary aims of eliminating discrimination, advancing equality of opportunity and fostering good relations between people of different groups.

We are currently working towards a three year equality and diversity performance plan (2018-2020) with six goals:

1. Compliance

We are compliant with equality legislation in all our work

2. Engagement

We engage with stakeholders from across society in our regulatory activities, including diverse members of the public and the profession

3. Communication

We communicate in a way that is accessible to all

4. Regulating Fairly

We deal with complaints about architects’conduct and competence in a fair manner for all

5. Setting Standards

As a regulator, the standards we set for the profession are inclusive and take into account equality and diversity considerations

6. Fair Access to the Register

Access to and retention on the Register of Architects is fair and non-discriminatory

Equality Scheme

We have developed an equality scheme which sets out how we approach equality and diversity.  ARB prides itself on continuous improvement in all aspects of its business.  In this regard, equality is no exception.

We recognise the importance of having a scheme in place that both values and recognises differences in our staff, our Board, our registered architects, our advisers and, crucially, members of the public who use our services.  Our first scheme laid the foundations for us to implement a number of processes that began to embed equality throughout the organisation.  We will continue to operate these under our scheme which sets out our responsibilities under the public sector equality duty.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity, and we will continue to ensure that equality good practice is central to our work.

ARB undertakes an equality survey exercise covering registrants, in a cost-effective and non-intrusive way. Please help us by completing the survey via the link below.

Find out more about our statistics

Equality & Diversity Statistics

Registrant Statistics

For more information and data about other areas of ARB’s work, view the ARB Annual Reports here.

ARB Equality Survey – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Equality and Diversity survey?

The survey consists of six short questions, which should take no longer than two minutes to complete. The information will help compile a picture of the make-up of the Register.

Participation is voluntary and we want as many architects as possible to support us by filling in the survey, to ensure our ways of working are free from discrimination and in line with the Equality Act.

The survey results are automatically uploaded, so there is no manual handling of data.

What is the Equality Act?

The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society.  It replaced previous anti-discrimination laws with a single Act, making the law easier to understand and strengthen protection in some situations.  It sets out the different ways in which it’s unlawful to treat someone.

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) is an inclusive organisation.  We actively promote equality of opportunity for everybody who has dealings with us, irrespective of their race, gender, disability, religion, belief system, sexual orientation or age.

What is ARB’s duty?

We operate in line with the Government’s public sector equality duty.  This duty places a responsibility on all public bodies to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and to foster good relations between different groups of people.  The duty also extends to publishing information on how we have delivered on that responsibility.

What does ARB do with my data?

We use the information we collect to generate statistics.  These statistics, which do not include personally identifiable data, allow us to measure our success in implementing the equality rules, and to ensure that our day to day work is compliant with the law and doesn’t discriminate against any particular group.

For example, we were recently  asked by the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust for data on the numbers of newly admitted architects from minority groups. The information was used to highlight the Charitable Trust’s aspiration to help young people from minority backgrounds pursue careers in architecture.

The information collected will also be used to ensure that we target our resources efficiently. For example, we are able to concentrate our regulatory resources in areas that the statistics show are most vulnerable, which increases efficiency and reduces the regulatory burden on those areas of lesser risk.

The collated information we collect about the make-up of the Register will be published to inform the profession and interested parties.

The individual equality data we collect is not published or disclosed to any third-parties.

Do you have further questions?

If you have any questions about the diversity data gathered by us please email

Equality & Diversity News

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