At a hearing of the Architects Registration Board’s Professional Conduct Committee on 15 September 2014 in London, Mr David Williams of Architect in Design, Oxford, was erased from the Register of Architects following a criminal conviction.
The PCC heard that Mr Williams had been convicted in 2009 of eight offences of making indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of a child, and sentenced to four months imprisonment. He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for seven years.
In deciding to erase Mr Williams for the Register, the PCC found that the conviction for such a serious offence was fundamentally incompatible with being an architect.
A copy of the Committee’s decision can be found here.
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)
The PCC is established under Schedule 1, Part II of the Architects Act and is required to consider any report referred to it. The Committee determines whether an architect is guilty of unacceptable professional conduct or serious professional incompetence. Where a guilty finding is made, the Committee will consider whether to make a disciplinary order, which means:
- a reprimand
- a penalty order
- a suspension order (to a maximum of 2 years); or
- an erasure order
Money raised by fines imposed by the Professional Conduct Committee is paid to HM Treasury.
Any queries relating to this matter should be directed to Simon Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org