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The Pringle appreciation society starts here

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Jack Pringle is not a power player.

Professional maturity, competence, experience, knowledge and an understanding of the RIBA's workings are intrinsic to him, making him best placed to be the next RIBA president.

Starting his career as a salaried architect at Powell & Moya, he was involved with the Salaried Architects Group when he first wrote the RIBA Guide to Good Employment. Later, progressing from a small office to build a practice of substantial repute, gave him the understanding of the full spectrum of the predicaments and delights of the architectural profession .

From the outset Pringle has given his time for the profession through his work for the RIBA, leading most major committees, such as the International Relations Board.He was chairman of the Professional Services Board and, at present, is vice-president of education among others.

It is difficult to imagine anybody else with such a vast knowledge of the needs and workings of the RIBA. Furthermore, Jack's past shows a true devotion, real care and understanding for the good of the profession.

His manifesto strikes at the pressing concerns and challenges that lie ahead of architects and the RIBA. He affirms that his candidacy is about architecture and architects regaining respect, and because of his knowledge and expertise he has positive solutions for the major concerns of the profession. He has proposals to tackle profitability and salaries, to help small practices and enhance 'consumer' codes of practice.

Pringle has a definite programme to review the present PFI and address its deficiencies with working alternatives.

In the current danger of the three-part architectural qualification and RIBA validation being scrapped, Pringle, as vicepresident of education, has the expertise to fight so that courses in architecture provide the right training, and standards in education do not slump. At the same time, he offers real strategies and practical solutions for affording research, training and CPD.

Pringle also calls for respect for the RIBA and intends to solve the problem with the ARB.

The concerns in Pringle's manifesto indicate that his candidacy is not for self-interest and professional advancement, but because the needs and the future of architecture, architects and the RIBA are deep in his heart.

Tzena James, RIBA, Surrey

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