Tuesday22 August 2017

Arb strikes off 1,500 from register

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But number of non-payers down on 2015 figure

The Arb has said it removed close to 1,500 architects from its register for non-payment of fees this year.

The regulator said those failing to pay the £107 fee by the end of December deadline was 1,487 – compared to the 1,824 who failed to cough up in 2015. The cost of being reinstated onto the register will set architects back £152, which is down from £165 last time.

Arb chief executive Karen Holmes (pictured) said the number on the register was now close to 37,000 with just over 96% of this figure paying their fees on time.

She added: “For those architects who wish to be reinstated, our use of technology has enabled us to reduce the reinstatement fee. We will work hard, over the coming days, to make this process as quick and efficient as possible.”

The Arb sent out a reminder by text in the days before last month’s December 31 deadline and Holmes said more than 300 registered within an hour of the message being sent.



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  • Its always been a sting- the additional £45 readmission is a con, and they make a cool £60k each January.

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  • SomeoneStoleMyNick

    It would help if ARB would confirm receipt of payment when we pay the fee. This year I had to jump through hoops, emailing several times, to get reassurance that ARB had received my payment. Is this an example of its amazing new technologies?

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  • I still believe that architects should be governed by a single body. ARB and RIBA need to merge as one, and architects pay one membership fee. Why do architects have to pay for two memberships separately, one for ARB and one for RIBA? when other professions need to be a member of one and pay for one...

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  • Austin Clegg

    @Hard Drafter. Not so, doctors, for instance have to belong to the GMC (their registration body like the ARB), then if they choose they can join the relevant College for their specialisation, of which there are several.
    There are good reasons for splitting the registration from whatever it is that the RIBA does.
    Furthermore there are many of us who want nothing to do with the RIBA.

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  • @Austin Clegg, it's understandable for doctors to have it that way, as they are potentially responsible for a persons life. Architects on the other hand, there is a different level of responsibility. Many of us want nothing to do with RIBA because of precisely my point, because if ARB and RIBA merged then RIBA would be worth being a member of...

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  • There is no requirement to be a member of the RIBA to call oneself an architect, so just pay the £107 fee to the ARB on time at the end of each year? Notwithstanding the problems of payment receipt, if someone (1,500 in fact) cannot manage that simple task, it does question how they run their practice.

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  • @STEPHEN BALLINGER, There is a requirement to be a member of the RIBA if one wants to call themselves a CHARTERED ARCHITECT, which to the public looks good and suspect would help an architect get work. Most of the public are familiar with the RIBA as opposed to ARB. Client's need explaining to, when they ask what ARB is, whereas RIBA seems a more universal title to have after an architects name.
    What I'm saying is RIBA need to take the function of ARB into their own hands by promoting our profession and protecting our title.

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  • Michael Spicer

    @STEPHEN BALLINGER....spot on.

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  • SomeoneStoleMyNick - I received an immediate receipt - why didn't you? - as follows:

    Dear Mr Jones,

    Annual Retention Fee - Certificate of Registration and Payment Receipt

    Thank you for your payment.

    We have attached a receipt to this email to acknowledge your payment of the annual retention fee, along with a registration certificate confirming your registration for the year. The certificate is in PDF format, which means that you'll need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader (or a similar application capable of reading PDF documents) to open it. If you don't already have Acrobat Reader, you can download it for free here.

    If you don't receive the attachment or if you have any questions about the receipt, please let us know. We are always happy to help.

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  • @Hard Drafter The average man on the Clapham Omnibus has little or no idea what an architect is or does. Putting the word Chartered in front of it stands for nothing and makes no difference and I for one have never ever seen the point of paying £300-400+ extra to be a member of such a useless institution as the RIBA.

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