Peter Kellow of Peter Kellow Architecture has been erased from the Architects Register for inappropriate comments on social media where he denied the existence of the Jewish race
ARB alleged that Peter Kellow had written an inappropriate public post on his Facebook profile on 13 April 2019. In the post, Kellow denied the existence of the Jewish race and referred to Jews, Sunni Muslims and other groups as members of a ‘cult’ that should be subject to restrictions, banned from important public office, and subject to registration.
The ARB argued that in doing so he had acted against Standards 1, 9 and 12 of the Architects Code.
Kellow attended the hearing but chose not to be legally represented. In his written submissions, he stated the allegation concerned matters that fell outside of ARB’s remit, stating “the code concerns strictly professional conduct in the architect’s course of engagement on a specific job”.
He referred to the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) as a “kangaroo court”.
Peter Kellow was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct (UPC) following a hearing of ARB’s independent Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) on 12 and 13 August 2020.
The PCC found the allegation proved under Standards 9 and 12, but concluded Standard 1 had not been breached.
Although the matter did not occur in the course of Kellow’s architectural practice, the PCC considered his conduct had the potential to cause offence and bring both himself and the profession into disrepute.
The PCC considered his comments represented a serious departure from the standard expected of an architect and amounted to unacceptable professional conduct.
When considering the sanction, the PCC noted Peter Kellow had no previous adverse regulatory findings and had removed the post from his Facebook profile.
However, the committee also acknowledged he had shown no remorse and insisted he stood by the views expressed in the post.
It considered Kellow lacked any meaningful insight into the impact of his comments and was mindful of the need for members of a profession to act fairly and without discrimination.
It concluded that his conduct was fundamentally incompatible with remaining on the register and that erasure was the proportionate sanction to impose.
As he is no longer registered with ARB, he cannot legally practise as an architect in the UK.
You can view the decision here.