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Contentious ARB chair wins re-election

The highly controversial chairman of the ARB has been re-elected to his post unopposed.

Judge Humphrey Lloyd has retained his role at the top of the organisation alongside a new deputy, Elspeth Clements.

Nominations for election to the chair and vice chair were received by the chief executive/registrar Robin Vaughan yesterday. No-one stood against Lloyd.

Lloyd's track record as an exceptionally committed but stubborn chairman has won him admirers among those who back the ARB's current policies, but has also made him many enemies.

The QC has long advocated a 'strict reading' of the Architecture Act, which includes having influence over the validation of schools of architecture.

This position caused intense frustration among those looking to rein in the work of the board. Some would argue that is has also triggered the current rebellion from the ARB Reform Group.

The terms of office for the chair and vice chair run for a period of one year.

Click here to follow the debate on the future of the ARB.

by Ed Dorrell

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