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Ferguson quartet in election success

Four of RIBA president-elect George Ferguson's five preferred candidates successfully won seats at last week's council elections .

BDP chair Richard Saxon, London First managing director Valerie Owen, Pringle Richards Sharratt director John Pringle and Wright and Wright Architects'Clare Wright all won their national contests.But John Assael of Assael Architecture, who was also nominated by Ferguson, was beaten to the final national spot by incumbent council member Peter Phillips.

Ferguson said he was delighted the four had won, but said his pleasure was 'soured'by John Assael's failure.Assael, however, greeted the news as a 'blessed relief '.

'I was not interested in RIBA politics before George persuaded me to stand and I am not sure I was ready, 'he said.

Two student representatives - Nicholas Lister and Alexander Scott-Whitby - were also elected to sit on the council, but a vacancy for a graduate remains as no candidates came forward.

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