The Architects Registration Board (ARB) has published its 2015 Annual Report into the regulation of the profession. The report provides an overview of ARB’s work during 2015 to deliver its statutory functions and the objectives set in the annual business plan. The report provides information about the key elements of the regulator’s role as well as highlighting key information about the Register during 2015.
The Year in Numbers
- 36,678 – At the end of December 2015 the Register stood at 36,678, the highest year end number to date.
- 2,279 – There were 2,279 new admissions to the Register, which represents the largest number of new admissions in a single year since the present Act came into force.
- 42 – Once again, there was a small increase in the number of new female registrants with women making up 42% of new admissions.
- 1,072 – European admissions also increased to 1072; applicants from the EU represented 47% of all new admissions using the freedom of movement provided under the European Union Professional Qualification Directive.
- 9 – The number of prosecutions for misuse of title rose from two, in 2014, to nine in 2015.
- 10,000 – In January, a court ordered a company to pay £10,000 in fines and costs for misusing the title architect, this is the biggest penalty yet for such an offence.
- 17,787 – The staff team answered 17,787 telephone calls.
- 98 – In 2015, 98% of applications by the UK and EU routes were made online.
- 1,000 – During 2015, for the first time, the number of searches of the online Register totalled over 1,000 a day.
The Annual Report microsite can be found at the following link http://2015.arb.org.uk/. Visit the site to find out more about these highlights and other areas of our work.
Karen Holmes, the Registrar and Chief Executive, said: ‘The 2015 Annual Report provides the public, profession and wider stakeholders with information about our how we have delivered on our regulatory functions. Demand for our services has increased in all areas of our work and our on-going investment in technology has enabled us to undertake our role efficiently and effectively, at the same time as keeping costs down to a minimum.’
Beatrice Fraenkel, the outgoing Chair of the ARB, said: ‘As I step down as Chair and hand over to Peter Coe, who has substantial experience of ARB and the wider regulatory sector, I feel confident that I am leaving in place a strong Board to oversee the work of a highly professional team. This report demonstrates ARB’s effectiveness as a regulator, and I have no doubt that the organisation will continue to deliver on its remit and adapt to any changes that may arise as a result of the government’s periodic review.’
Notes to editors – Peter Coe has been elected by the Board to succeed Beatrice Fraenkel as Chair, you can read more about this here.