THE RIBA IS RIGHT BEHIND HARD-UP STUDENTS
As the RIBA's vice-president for education and advisor to the Architectural Education Trust (AET), I suggest that your article 'A Study In Hardship' (AJ 06.10.05) was inaccurate. The article states that the RIBA's education fund has run dry and suggests that the RIBA is not doing enough to raise money for it - this is simply not true.
For the past two years, the fund has supported some 70 students. Last year we secured £32,500 from British Plaster Board and recently we received £10,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation. The 2006 chartered membership renewal form offers an opportunity for members to donate to our hardship fund.
The RIBA has a good working relationship with the AET, currently administering their award. If any individuals, companies, foundations or charities wish to work with the RIBA education department to establish similar programmes, we would welcome an approach from them - it's tough out there!
Simon Allford, via email