Maintaining standards – facts and figures

StandardsMisuse of title
In 2013 there were 381 investigations into misuse of the title ‘architect’.

This figure has increased by over 150% since 2010, with a particular rise in the level of misuse on the internet.

In 2013 6 misuse of title cases were successfully prosecuted.

This number remains constant. Where possible ARB will attempt to resolve misuse of the title by co-operation, and only pursue a criminal prosecution when it is in the public interest to do so.

To act contrary to section 20 of the Architects Act 1997 is a criminal offence. The Act sets out the maximum fine for each breach which is currently £2500. Magistrates determine the amount of the fine (and related costs) after considering the nature of the offence and any mitigation or guilty plea put forward by the defendant.


  • In 2013, 139 formal complaints were considered by the ARB.
  • The number of formal complaints has remained constant in recent years, but with more of the complaints being of a serious nature that require further investigation.

Investigations Panels

  • In 2013 the Investigations Panels issued 60 decisions
  • In 2012 it was 80; however this higher number was due to a change in the structure of how complaints are investigated.

Professional Conduct Committee

  • In 2013 the Professional Conduct Committee held 27 hearings.
  • The number of cases being referred to the PCC has steadily risen in recent years, with a 70% increase since 2010.


Complaints 2013 – facts and figures


swatch-yellow No Further Action
13 (25)

Cautionary Advice
25 (28)

Refer To Professional Conduct Committee
22 (27)

whiteTotal number of decisions:
60 (80)

swatch-yellow Reprimand
10 (6)

Penalty Order
7 (6)

3 (5)

3 (3)

Not Guilty
3 (2)

No Sanction
1 (1)

whiteTotal number of decisions:
27 (23)