At a hearing of the Architects Registration Board’s Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) on 12 and 13 September 2017, Mr Euan Millar of Icosis Architects Ltd, Edinburgh, was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and suspended from the Register of Architects for 12 months.
The PCC heard that in 2008 Mr Millar was instructed to undertake full architectural services in relation to the construction of a new property.
It is alleged that Mr Millar permitted the installation of a septic tank at the property without obtaining approval from Building Control and without notifying his clients. It was further alleged that he failed to adequately advise them about obtaining a NHBC building warranty; failed to provide an appropriate design for the roof and walls of the property; informed the contractor to omit lead flashings which contributed to leaks, and that he over-certified the works, despite being aware of ongoing defects in the property.
Mr Millar did not attend the hearing and was unrepresented in his absence. He admitted all of the allegations and accepted that they amounted to unacceptable professional conduct.
The PCC found all of the allegations proved and decided that they amounted to unacceptable professional conduct.
In considering sanction, the PCC gave regard to the fact Mr Millar has a previously good disciplinary record. It also took into account that he had expressed regret and remorse and continued to work with the clients to try to resolve the issues. However, the Committee noted that Mr Millar’s failings were serious and wide ranging and had a substantial impact on the clients. Furthermore it considered that his conduct diminished both his reputation and that of the profession generally and there remained a moderate risk of the failings being repeated.
In those circumstances, the Committee imposed a 12 month suspension order from the Register of Architects.