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RIBA price hike

Why must architects now pay £383 for RIBA membership and not £385, as they do in Scotland?

The reason is down to a somewhat shambolic episode in RIBA Council history. Shortly after vice president for membership Stephen Hodder announced plans for a consumer price index-linked 3.5 per cent fee rise to £383, a vote was called on whether to bring it in line with the RIAS.

President Angela Brady held a quick vote and announced the decision passed. But this was quickly followed by an outburst from councillors who started pointing at the press stalls complaining the hike was ‘bad publicity’ and demanding it be counted properly.

The vote was duly taken again and this time triple-checked, with the result: 18 backing £383 and 29 supporting an increase to £385. But, as everyone gasped for air, past president Owen Luder said the procedure had been invalid, as there had been no formal motion or seconder. Brady turned to her board for advice and moments later announced: ‘To move on, we’re going to keep it at £383’. And so history was made.

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