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Fraenkel and Parnaby re-elected to ARB roles

Beatrice Fraenkel has been re-elected as ARB chair and Richard Parnaby voted in for a second term as her vice chair

The board is currently being reviewed by the government to see if there is a ‘continuing need’ for the ARB and, if there is, whether it can be run more efficiently.

Fraenkel has now been at the helm of the board for five years and her re-election will see her keep her position for a further 12 months.

Speaking after her ‘unopposed’ re-appointment, Fraenkel admitted the forthcoming year would be ‘hard work’.

She said: ‘[This re-election] will help retain the continuity of board leadership at a time, when the stability of the organisation is paramount, as we go through our periodic review.

‘The next 12 months are likely to be interesting and hard work for all of us. I Iook forward to continuing working with my colleagues on the Board, together with the ARB staff team, as we all remain committed to the effective delivery of our statutory functions during this period of possible change.’

Parnaby, who was also returned unopposed, will take up the post of vice chair for a third year in a row.

He added: ‘I look forward to continuing in my role, supporting Beatrice, the Chair of the Board, over the coming year, as ARB delivers its regulatory function whilst, at the same time, fully engaging with the periodic review process.’

Karen Holmes will remain as the interim chief executive until the outcome of the periodic review is known.

Beatrice Fraenkel was nominated by Hans Eisner and Richard Parnaby, while Ruth Brennan and Hans Eisner nominated Richard Parnaby. Both appointments are effective immediately and both are for a one-year term.

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Parnaby bags ARB vice chair role

Richard Parnaby has been elected as ARB’s new vice chair

The University of the West of England architecture professor defeated rival Andrew Mortimer to win the job.

Parnaby said: ‘I thank my colleagues for expressing their confidence in me to take on the role of vice chair and I look forward to contributing to the important work of the Board during the coming year, which promises to present us with a number of challenges.’

ARB chair Beatrice Fraenkel added: ‘I am delighted that Richard has been elected as vice chair. He brings to the role a level of expertise and experience from an architect’s viewpoint, and I am greatly looking forward to working with him and the Board over the coming year as we both strengthen the ties with our stakeholders and deliver the statutory responsibilities given to us by the 1997 Architects Act.’

Parnaby was backed in his campaign by Bartlett School of Architecture director of professional studies Susan Ware and University of Bath head of architecture Alex Wright.

The election was open to the registration body’s 15 board members. The ARB board elects its chair and vice chair annually. Beatrice Fraenkel was re-elected to the chair in March.


The committee has 15 members, comprising seven architects elected by the profession and eight members of the public appointed by the Privy Council.

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