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ARB chair and vice chair reappointed

Beatrice Fraenkel and Gordon Gibb have been returned unopposed as chair and vice chair of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) following the board’s annual election

Fraenkel, who has chaired the board since March 2009, said: ‘The board has grown in stature throughout my time as a board member, and it has begun to command the respect not just of the profession that it regulates, but that of our other stakeholders as well. I am looking forward to building even further on the very solid foundations that we have laid.’

A Liverpool city councillor, Fraenkel is also an industrial design engineer and has won a CABE award for her work in improving the quality of the built environment. In 2008, She led Liverpool’s successful bid to become European Capital of Culture and led a regional design review panel for the North West Regional Centre of Excellence.

Gibb, who runs his own practice, Gibb Architects, in Glasgow, was appointed director of professional studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in 2004. He is a RIBA professional examiner and sits on the APEAS Examination Committee. In 2005 he won two Scottish Design Awards for his work on the India of Inchinnan restoration.

He said: ‘I will continue to work to increase understanding with our stakeholders, with the aim of protecting the consumer and supporting the profession. 

‘With an understanding of the issues and future challenges facing the board, I look forward to my continuing role as vice chair for the coming year.’

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