On 27 April 2015, Mr Youno Kim trading as Extension Architects, pleaded guilty in the Wimbledon Magistrates Court of illegally using the title “architect”. Mr Kim was fined £1000 by the Court and ordered to pay a further £1248 in costs to the ARB.
This was the second occasion that Mr Kim had appeared in the Court for this offence, as he had previously pleaded guilty and been fined £1000 in January 2015. However, Mr Kim had continued to use the title in his website name and email address, despite there being no architects at the practice.
A spokesperson on behalf of ARB’s Professional Standards Department said:
‘Only registered architects are legally allowed to use the title ‘architect’ in business or practice. It is surprising that Mr Kim failed to take remedial action after already being prosecuted; however this conviction demonstrates that ARB will persist in pursuing criminal action where it is in the public interest to do so. Anyone wishing to use the services of an architect should check the Register of Architects at www.architects-register.org.uk ‘
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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 regulate use of the title “architect” and to 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.
The maximum fine for each offence, currently £2500, is set by the Architects Act 1997. Magistrates determine the amount of the fine (and related costs) after considering the nature of the offence and any mitigation put forward by the defendant. Money raised from fines is paid to HM Treasury, not to ARB.
For further information, please contact Simon Howard, Professional Standards Manager, on 020 7580 5861, or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org