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ARB elections: Vice-chair slams RIBA for endorsing candidates

ARB vice-chair and current electoral candidate Gordon Gibb has hit out at the RIBA for endorsing four candidates for election to the board

Gibb – who turned down an offer of endorsement by the Royal Incorporation for Architects in Scotland – questioned whether the RIBA should be putting forward its members ahead of other architects eligible for election.

He said: ‘What matters is the RIBA president endorsing anything, does it mean architects of the RIBA are better than other architects?

‘There are 33,000 architects and only four are good enough to get into the ARB?’

Agreeing his stance was ‘pro-ARB’, Gibb also criticised the track record of the ARB Reform Group, which has held five out of seven seats available to architects on the board since 2006.

He said: ‘I don’t remember the ARB Reform Group doing anything that reformed anything in the past four years. It’s an utterly pointless position to maintain.’

Gibb refuted claims by the group that it had succeeded in minimising expenditure and reduced the registration fee.

‘The board decided that. They didn’t swing any vote. Fifteen people made those decisions. It was a very collegiate discussion by all members and also considerate pressure from government.’

He added there had been ‘absolutely no Reform Group activity which has impacted in any way on the board’.

Gibb of Glasgow-based Gibb Architects also teaches at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, and is standing for re-election to the board following three years as vice-chair.

His election statement called for the ARB to encourage ‘new approaches from architecture schools and practitioners’ and to avoid creating ‘artificial barriers’.

It said: ‘I believe a stable, knowledgeable, confident ARB working effectively with our membership organisations, supporting the profession, presents a solid foundation for improvement of our fortunes.’

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