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In June 2018 a Consent Order Panel of the Professional Conduct Committee reprimanded Mr Ralph Guilor of Ralph Guilor Architects Limited, Cheltenham, after he admitted unacceptable professional conduct.

Mr Guilor accepted that he had failed to disclose to the Architects Registration Board that he had been a Director of a company (Rosemount Limited) that was the subject of a winding up order dated 12 January 2011. He also accepted that his actions amounted to unacceptable professional conduct.

Whilst Mr Guilor indicated that he was unaware of the requirement to disclose the fact of the winding up order and his failure was an oversight, the ARB submitted that it represented a breach of the Code. However it was acknowledged that Mr Guilor had a previous good disciplinary history, and had demonstrated insight into his failings. It was therefore agreed that the appropriate sanction was a reprimand, and this was approved by the Professional Conduct Committee.

A copy of the Consent Order can be found here.


In June 2018 a Consent Order Panel of the Professional Conduct Committee reprimanded Mr Christopher Hardaker of Chris Hardaker Architects, Shropshire, after he admitted unacceptable professional conduct.

Mr Hardaker accepted that he had failed to enter into a written agreement with the client which adequately covered the terms of the engagement contrary to standard 4.4 of the Architects Code. He also accepted that his actions amounted to unacceptable professional conduct.

The ARB submitted that the admitted allegation had the potential to diminish both Mr Hardaker’s reputation and that of the profession generally. However it acknowledged that Mr Hardaker engaged in the regulatory process, has accepted his error and has adopted a new practice to ensure that such situations do not arise in the future. It was therefore agreed that the appropriate sanction was a reprimand, and this was approved by the Professional Conduct Committee.

A copy of the Consent Order can be found here.

—ENDS—

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.
Where an architect admits unacceptable professional conduct or serious professional incompetence and the proposed disciplinary sanction, the PCC can impose that penalty by consent, and without the need for a hearing.
Any queries relating to this matter should be directed to professionalstandards@arb.org.uk

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