Professional Negligence Claims Against Architects

An architect’s responsibility involves utilising their knowledge and creative acumen to transform ambitious designs into tangible structures and environments. Nevertheless, the intricate nature of architectural projects, combined with the inherent risks they entail, may at times result in inadvertent mistakes or omissions with significant impacts.

Instances of professional negligence allegations against architects occur when the services offered by these design experts do not meet the anticipated level of diligence. These claims stem from a breach of the duty of care that architects owe to their clients.

Examples of professional negligence claims against architects

Below are some examples of professional negligence claims that can be made for architect negligence:

  • Failure to comply with building codes or regulations – If an architect fails to design a building that complies with local building codes or regulations, and this results in the building being unsafe or not fit for purpose, the architect may be liable for professional negligence. Failing to obtain planning permission before starting a project may also amount to architect negligence.
  • Design errors or omissions – If an architect fails to design a building correctly or fails to spot a potential issue, such as structural supports, fire safety measures, or accessibility features, and this results in harm or damage to the building or its occupants, the architect may be liable for professional negligence.
  • Delay in design or construction – If an architect causes delays in the design or construction process, which results in financial losses or damages to the project owner, the client may bring a professional negligence claim for compensation.
  • Failure to supervise contractors – If an architect fails to adequately supervise the work of contractors on a project, and this results in errors or omissions in the construction process, the architect may be liable for professional negligence.
  • Misrepresentation or fraud – If an architect knowingly misrepresents their qualifications, experience, the quality of their work, or engages in fraudulent behaviour related to a project, they may be liable for professional negligence.

It is worth noting that these are just some examples, and the specific circumstances of each case will determine whether a professional negligence claim can be made against an architect.

Making a complaint against an architect

If it can be established that an architect owed a duty of care and breached this, there are several options for making a complaint:

  • Architects Registration Board (ARB) – The ARB is the independent statutory regulator for architects in the UK. If you have a complaint about an architect’s conduct, competence, or ability to practice, you can make a complaint to the ARB. The ARB has the power to investigate complaints and take disciplinary action against architects if necessary.
  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) – The RIBA is a professional body for architects in the UK. If you have a complaint about an architect who is a member of the RIBA, you can make a complaint to the RIBA’s Professional Standards team. The RIBA can investigate complaints and take disciplinary action against its members if necessary.
  • Ombudsman services – If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your complaint to the ARB or RIBA, you may be able to take your complaint to an ombudsman service. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, this is the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, while in Scotland, it is the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.
  • Legal action – If you have suffered harm or financial loss as a result of an architect’s negligence, you may be able to take legal action against them. You should seek legal advice from professional negligence solicitors.

It’s important to note that you should make a complaint as soon as possible after the incident or discovery of the issue. Complaints made after six years from the date of the negligence may be time-barred. 

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