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ARB’s Board is changing

September 10, 2018 | News Release

Following a review of the regulation of architects, it was agreed the constitution of ARB’s Board should change to ensure our governance more closely reflects Government’s preferred relationship with arms’ length bodies and current practices of regulatory bodies.  On 30 August 2018 the statutory instrument required to amend the Architects Act 1997 and facilitate this structural change was laid before parliament.

Our Board is responsible for maintaining and promoting the public’s trust and confidence in the integrity of both ARB and of the architects’ profession.  Currently the Board is made up of fifteen members, seven architects elected by their peers and eight lay members of the public appointed by the Privy Council, with the Chair elected by the Board from amongst its membership.

From 2019, our Board will be made up of eleven members all appointed by the Privy Council:
One independent, non-executive Chair
Ten non-executive Board members (made up of five architect and five lay members of the public)

Terms of office will be up to four years.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have set the commencement date of the newly constituted Board as 7 January 2019 to ensure it is in place before the UK leaves the EU.  Those wishing to be considering for appointment can apply from 10 September 2018.  The closing date for applications is 30 September 2018.

For information packs and to apply click here
For further information click here (link no longer available)
If you have questions about the positions, email us at arbboardappointments@arb.org.uk

Karen Holmes, Registrar and Chief Executive of ARB, said “Moving to this new structure will allow selection from a diverse range of experienced professionals, including those from the profession we regulate.  Diversity is a strength, and we encourage those from all backgrounds and skill sets to consider applying.  We look forward to discussing the work of ARB and providing information to those interested in the positions.”



Notes for Editors

ARB is the statutory body established by Parliament under the Architects Act 1997 to regulate the UK architects’ profession in the public interest. The Act requires ARB (among other things) to:

  • Maintain the Register of Architects (Section 3)
  • Prescribe qualifications for entry to the Register of Architects (Section 4)
  • Deal with competence to practise (Section 9)
  • Issue a Code which lays down standards of professional conduct and practice (Section 13)
  • Regulate use of the title “architect” and prosecute those who use it unlawfully (Section 20)

ARB currently has a Board of 15 members, either elected or appointed, to represent the interests of consumers and users of architectural services.

More information on our current General Rules, which set out how the Board operates, can be found on our website here.
More information about ARB’s current Board and Committees can be found on our website here.
More information about current Board members can be found here.
More information on the current Board Members Code of Practice can be found here.

For further information, please contact Kate Howlett, Communications Lead on 020 7580 5861 or by email at KateH@arb.org.uk.