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RIBA maternity row nothing but a story


Readers will be disappointed to learn that your reports of me 'locking horns' with Baz Dickson at the RIBA (AJ 26.8.04) need to be filed under fiction, not fact.

True, I support Chris Roche's proposition that RIBA subscriptions should be suspended for women on maternity leave. I strongly believe that our profession, led by our institute, needs to become more accessible to working mothers and become more 'family friendly' in general.

But there is a lot of thinking and debate to go on before we establish how best this can be done.

Baz Dickson, with whom I have the best possible working relationship, was simply pointing out some of the practical issues we will have to grapple with before we can implement a workable scheme. Very helpful, as usual.

Jack Pringle, president elect, RIBA

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