Statutory protection of title should be maintained and the registration role should be transferred from the ARB to the RIBA according to a resolution by RIBA Council today who reached their conclusion after discussing an independent report written by Sir Christopher Ball.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) commissioned Sir Christopher Ball to carry out research into and to produce a report on the future of regulation and registration of the architects' profession. The resulting paper, ' Rules and Responsibilities, has been discussed by RIBA Council which today agreed the following:
The RIBA reaffirms its support for the maintenance of statutory protection of the title 'architect'
The RIBA adopts a policy principle 'to maintain protection of title and transfer the task from ARB to the RIBA', subject to the necessary research, consultation and development of viable proposals devised
- to protect the interests of consumers
- to protect the interests of non-members of the RIBA as well as RIBA members
- to accord with UK and EU legislation and directives
The RIBA endorses until such time as item 2 becomes implementable, the continuing practice of working collaboratively and constructively with ARB while aiming for a better division of responsibilities.
Sir Christopher consulted with the Architects Registration Board (ARB), DCLG and others as well as architects to provide a broad perspective on the issues.
The report reviews the way registration of the profession is currently carried out, considers the benefits and drawbacks of the current regulations for the consumer and the professional practitioner, and proposes alternative sustainable models for regulation and registration.
Speaking today, RIBA President Ruth Reed said:
" The RIBA is committed to ensuring that architects maintain the highest professional standards, in order to provide maximum benefit to consumers. It is because of this commitment, and with a general election – and the potential of deregulation - looming, that the RIBA considered it timely to review whether the current model of regulation and registration of the profession could and should be improved.
"Sir Christopher Ball's thorough and objective report has provided evidence which confirms the RIBA's view that the current model of regulation is unnecessarily complex and lacks transparency, fairness and freedom for the development of the profession.
"Therefore we believe that while s tatutory protection of title should be maintained we want to thoroughly research and develop proposals for the registration of architects to be transferred from the ARB to the RIBA. The RIBA is committed to this long-term goal, but as long as ARB continues as the registration body, we hope to maintain our positive relationship with the ARB. Relationships have been steadily improving and we wish to continue to work with them to deliver efficiencies in those roles that are duplicated between the two bodies."
Download the report below:
On the Registration and Regulation of Architects (pdf 181KB)