Please somebody - in any Government or institution - have the courage to stand by principles set out in the original motion which were democratically agreed to. As others have said, if the RIBA wish to backtrack from this position, the least they should do is explain themselves - openly.
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Much as I'm sure AOC will do a brilliant job, it seems a shame that in this world of having to tender for practically every step of a job... that if one company (in this case Ash Sakula) does a good job, first time, is it really old fashioned of me just to think they 'should' get the job for the rest?
Architects work at the human scale. Our practice and ethics must address the human implications of our work. We may not be engaged in geopolitics directly, but the least we can do as professionals is to ensure that we are not pawns, complicit in the suffering of others nor in the exacerbation of inequality. No side in this conflict can claim untainted moral high ground but I would challenge any architect, indeed anyone to visit Palestine and then defend the crude lack of humanity that the wall represents.
I am a Jewish architect. I have many family members in Israel. My great grandfather was a first generation Zionist.
I applaud and am proud of the stance of the RIBA.