By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

Your browser seems to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser.


Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.


'Civil war' threat over RIBA spending overhaul

A review of fundraising at the RIBA could result in 'civil war' according to one council member attending an RIBA council meeting yesterday.

Skip Belton, regional council member, issued the stark warning after the announcement of a review of how funds raised regionally are used.

Although the institute bosses, led by Helen Taylor, were merely announcing the need for a review of how cash reserves are used, regional council members were quick to quash any plans for centralising money-spending.

Belton said: 'There would be civil war were the RIBA headquarters to control how money raised by a regional office was spent.'

He was backed by fellow council member Colin James who said: 'It's quite clear - money raised by the region should be used at its discretion.'

The announcement of the review followed an earlier call to devolve powers to the regions and create more autonomy for regional offices.

But the possibility of the RIBA headquarters taking control of how funds are spent flies in the face of the devolution.

In response, Helen Taylor promised to take on board the council members' fears and stated that the review process will be going ahead early next year.

by Richard Vaughan

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment.

The searchable digital buildings archive with drawings from more than 1,500 projects

AJ newsletters