Scottish regulator investigates architects body

The OSCR has opened an inquiry into the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland; the charity says it is unaware of a formal investigation

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland
The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator has opened an investigation into the professional body representing architects in Scotland, the regulator has confirmed.

A story in the Sunday Herald newspaper yesterday said the regulator had opened a probe into the finances of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland after being alerted to what it called "serious concerns".

The RIAS had come under pressure from architects who raised concerns about its financial transparency, the newspaper reported.

But the charity itself appeared unaware that an investigation was under way.

Karen Stevenson, the director of policy and development at the RIAS, told Third Sector that the charity was "responding to letters and correspondence" from the regulator, but did not believe any formal investigation was taking place. 

"We haven't spoken specifically to the OSCR," Stevenson said. "We have changed some personnel, and that needs updating with them." She added that this process was ongoing.

A spokesman for the OSCR said in a statement today: "Because it has been made public, we can confirm there is an inquiry. However, in line with our inquiry policy, we cannot comment any further on the case."

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