The architectural profession??s regulator, ARB, has seen an 85 percent increase in the number of complaints about people pretending to be architects. This has cost the organisation £23,000 more than it planned to spend protecting the title.
The ARB started 276 separate investigations into alleged misuse of title in the nine months to September.
General complaints against architects have also continued to rise, suggesting a worrying trend of consumer dissatisfaction.
A significant increase in costs relating to misuse of title and complaints referred to the Professional Conduct Committee is said to be behind the ARB’s increase in architects?? annual retention fee by 23 percent earlier this year.