On Wednesday 16 July 2014 in London, Westminster Magistrates found Mr James Peter Hindley guilty of intentionally attempting to register as an architect with the Architects Registration Board by fraudulently creating and falsifying documents.
Mr Hindley of ‘theCAVE Architecture & Design Ltd.’ based in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, submitted an application to register in January 2014. Among the qualifications upon which Mr Hindley relied, he supplied evidence relating to a Bachelor of Architecture (‘BArch’) he had received from Manchester Metropolitan University.
It became apparent to ARB that the documents he had submitted were false and that it was a deliberate attempt to become registered as an architect in the UK by fraudulent means. This is a criminal offence under section 7 of the Architects Act 1997, and one which ARB duly prosecuted at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 16 July 2014.
The Court found Mr Hindley, who failed to attend the hearing, guilty of one Count of breach of Section 7(1) of the Architects Act 1997. He was fined the sum of £1,000, the maximum amount that could be imposed for this offence. He was also ordered to pay costs to ARB of £2,079 and a victim surcharge of £100 was imposed.
The Court imposed the maximum fine possible and expressed its concern that the public interest was at risk from those not appropriately qualified seeking to become registered architects.
Karen Holmes, ARB’s Interim Registrar, said “We have in place a robust process by which all applications for registration are carefully scrutinised to ensure that only those who are appropriately qualified are entered on to the Register.”
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.