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Our 2018 Annual Report is now available online

September 24, 2019 | News Release

Take a look at our 2018 Annual Report

As the regulator of architects in the UK, we aim to protect the public and support architects through regulation.  Find out what we achieved and learned in 2018 through delivering our statutory responsibilities.

This year’s report includes:

  • A welcome message from our Chair and Registrar & Chief Executive
  • Our impact highlights
  • Key facts and figures
  • Links to further details about the work we did in 2018

Karen Holmes, Registrar and Chief Executive of ARB, said “In 2018 we encountered significant additional expectations beyond our normal activities.  This included preparing for Brexit, responding to Dame Judith Hackitt’s recommendation, conducting a number of internal reviews and managing the change to the constitution of our Board.  We are a relatively small core team (29 staff) but a dedicated one, who embraces challenge and seeks continuous improvement.  Through hard work, and the support of others, I’m pleased to see the positive progress we made over the year.

Alison White, Chair of ARB, said “Since I became Chair in March 2019, I have been most impressed with the achievements of the relatively small team at ARB who during the past year have not only achieved the important components of the business plan, but through flexibility and sheer hard work, taken on significant additional workload as well. The year ahead promises to be even more challenging and I look forward to working with all my executive and non-executive colleagues in addressing the new strategic challenges that the Board is facing.”



Notes for Editors

• ARB has a Board of 11 members all appointed by the Privy Council. This includes one independent, non-executive Chair and ten non-executive Board members made up of five members of the public and five architects.

• The Architects Registration Board (ARB) is the statutory body established by Parliament under the Architects Act 1997 to regulate the UK architects’ profession in the public interest. Among other duties, the Act requires ARB to:

    • Maintain the Architects Register
    • Prescribe the UK qualifications needed to become an architect in the UK
    • Issue a code laying down the standards of professional conduct and practice expected of architects
    • Investigate allegations of unacceptable professional conduct or serious professional incompetence
    • Investigate and where appropriate prosecute unregistered individuals who unlawfully call themselves an architect
    • Act as the UK’s Competent Authority for architects

For further information, please contact Kate Howlett, Communications Lead on 020 7580 5861 or by email at

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