A formal investigation will be carried out to determine the evidence and if the architect has carried out professional misconduct or incompetence. The panel must include an architect and two other members.
The matter will be dismissed on reaching a suitable decision; advice will also be given on how the architect should avoid similar future situations.
If a satisfactory outcome cannot be reached, the case will be referred to the Professional Conduct Committee for a hearing.
Evidence will be provided to the committee by a solicitor. The committee panel will include an architect, a solicitor and a member of the public. Evidence will be supplied by the architect, or their representation, in their defence.
If found guilty of any unacceptable professional conduct or incompetence (or both), the architect may impose a penalty.
The following penalties may be enforced:
- A formal warning or reprimand
- A fine of up to £5,000
- Suspension from the register of architects for up to 2 years
- Removal from the register prohibiting the architect from working in the field indefinitely
The architect can appeal against any decision or judgement to the High Court within 28 days of the decision.
Internal disciplinary proceedings
We also represent any architect involved in cases where their employer or line manager has brought internal disciplinary proceedings against them.