Jack Pringle says that the ARB will not involve the RIBA in its new examination processes (AJ 25.11.04). This is absolutely not the case. The RIBA has been invited, under the board's procedures, to nominate up to 50 per cent of the ARB's pool of examiners, and is notified as to which candidates have passed the examination.
Futhermore, I wrote to Pringle in October to seek the RIBA's views on who it would like to see the board appoint as independent examiners, although I received no reply. We have also agreed that the RIBA should receive the reports of those examiners to use for its own purposes.
Of course, the RIBA may have chosen not to participate in the ARB's procedures, and to set up its own procedure. If so, the board has not been notified. It is difficult to see how Jack's position is in the best interests of those foreign architects whom he claims he wishes to welcome to chartered membership.
Alan Crane, chairman, ARB Prescription Committee