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ARB code of conduct

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[edit] Codes of Professional Conduct

  • Codes are devised in the interest of clients, members of the public and less directly in the interests of professionals through the maintenance of the status of the profession.
  • The integrity of purpose of the codes and the impartiality of their enforcement is crucial to the public's perception of the profession.
  • The requirements of the codes change and evolve in response to changing circumstances and attitudes and emerging economic, political and social pressures.
  • They have to reflect the attitudes of the members and the consequences of legislation and litigation, as well as the expectations of an increasingly sophisticated clientele.
  • Architects in the UK are subject to the Code of Professional Conduct and Practice of the Architect's Registration Board (ARB).
  • In addition architects can choose to join other professional bodies such as the RIBA and become subject to their codes.
  • Failure to comply with the ARB code could result in the removal of the person's name from the register, terminating the person's right to use the title 'architect', and possibly leading to the person's loss of livelihood.
  • Failure to comply with the institution's code may lead to fines, suspension or loss of membership.
  • The extent to which a person feels that it is necessary to take up and retain the right to use a title or to continue institutional membership is a matter for the commercial and professional judgement of the individual

[edit] ARB Architects Code: Standards of Conduct and Practice

The ARB Architects Code: Standards of Conduct and Practice consists of an introduction, twelve standards, and guidance notes.

[edit] The Introduction

  • The architect is expected to act competently and with integrity in carrying out professional work.
  • Although a particular course of conduct is not described in detail in the code, there is a need to have regard to the spirit of the code.

If the architect's duty as an employee conflicts with the architect's duty under the code, the primacy of the code is stressed and it emphasises that in the last resort, the architect must withdraw from the work.

[edit] The Standards

  • 1. Be honest and act with integrity
  • 2. Be competent
  • 3. Promote your services honestly and responsibly
  • 4. Manage your business competently
  • 5. Consider the wider impact of your work
  • 6. Carry out your work faithfully and conscientiously
  • 7. Be trustworthy and look after your clients’ money properly
  • 8. Have appropriate insurance arrangements
  • 9. Maintain the reputation of architects
  • 10. Deal with disputes or complaints appropriately
  • 11. Co-operate with regulatory requirements and investigations
  • 12. Have respect for others

[edit] The guidance

Guidance provides information about interpretation of the code, and legal proceedings.

Cases of criminal convictions could be materially relevant to an architect's fitness to practise, if:

  • They constitute an offence under the Architects Act 1997 or other legislation directly affecting architects.
  • They arise directly out of their professional activities.
  • They result in a sentence of imprisonment, whether suspended or not.
  • They constitute an offence of dishonesty.
  • They are otherwise of a nature which calls into question the architect's integrity.

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